This was a very engaging book. At times it was a bit hard to listen too (graphic violence, rape, and murder) but the author did a great job capturing the experiences of slavery. You rarely read about Black women slavery revolts, so this storyline was of great interest to me. The narrator also did a fantastic job reading in a dialect that made the story come alive.
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I had a hard time putting it down. Robin Miles did an excellent job narrating.
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This was a mesmerizing tale of slavery in 1700 & 1800's n the British West Indies, Jamaica and Africa.. The narrator brought life to the characters - but sometimes it was a bit much to try and understand. However, eventually I was able to get what she was saying. The story is well told from the slave perspective.
It was a bit brutal, but I loved how brave the women were in this book. Our ancestors had to endure so much of which they had no choice as to what to do but these women did what they must to survive.
This brutal story about life on an 18th C Antiguan sugar plantation is deeply moving and beautifully read. The narrator moves between voices and very difficult accents so deftly that you'd swear there was an entire cast in the recording booth. The book itself is written with insight and pathos for all the characters. The period was a brutal one and the events are a lot to digest. But it's a reality we should never ever forget, and with pen in hand Marlon James leads us through the world masterfully.
Despite the obvious cruelty and suffering of slaves, there is a sense of triumph and quiet kinship, a sisterhood amongst the Night Women. The Night Women are powerful, spiritual women who daily experience prejudice, abuse, rape, rage and condemnation.
Although you feel a sense of sympathy for the Night Women, the author doesn't cater to a "woe is me" mentality. You sense and suffer with the Night Women yet you know these are women who won't be stifled or subdued despite obvious limitations and prohibitions.
Robin Miles' successful narration includes intonation, accents and colloquialisms specific to Africans: both native Africans, and those Africans born in the Americas and the Caribbean.
A story of triumphant, spiritual women who are sisters and survivalists.
Although it's a sometimes harsh, cruel and poignant novel to read, it's one of the better books I've read this year.