I listened to the entire book because it was highly recommended to me.
I understand that slavery was and is a horrible and detestable smear on humankind. I understand that the stories need to be told so that we never forget and never allow such things to go on anywhere in the world.
I shouldn't have started it in the evening because I could not fall asleep due to the images in my head.
I could get past the explicit language - think of EVERY curse and foul word you've ever known - but it got old after a while. I understand the use of the "N" word in a slavery story but every dialogue is peppered with "p**s*y", "c**t" and the list goes on and on and on.
What truly got to me is the detailed, and I mean detailed, description of all sorts of torture, rape and murder! I have to say it disturbed me more than what I have read and seen about the Nazi Holocaust, and I do not say that glibly.
I don't dismiss this book because the story did keep me captivated. I just want to warn the gentle reader.
Robin Miles is wonderful as the narrator and voice to so many characters.
This would be very very tough to read ; the audio was still hard to listen to story wise but well done in Terms of the best way to receive this very troubling tale.
I struggled with this book. Such tragic. However, it is an eye opening. Narrator has a strong Islander' accent. This book maybe best read
There were parts of this book that were difficult to hear; however, my research indicates truthful. It has always been hard for me to understand such cruelty to another human being, but throughout history, it has happened to all ethnicities as far back as early 400's. N
I loved this book and have read it three times. it introduced me to obeah and myal. I love that Robin Miles narrates with an accent when speaking from the POV of the Jamaicans. there were things that I didn't realize were related until the third time I read the book, such as the relationship between Lilith and Isabelle. The love story was also very intriguing as well. it was overall an amazing story!!! I will likely read it a few more times.
Robin Miles is an exquisite narrator. If one is familiar with the intricate and multilevel storytelling of Marlon James, one may agree that the characters are plentiful but because they have their own stories they must be remembered and incorporated in "real time" to fully understand the motivation of the primary characters. Robin assigns each character a memorable voice that creates an audio image to follow seamlessly. Very impressive.