The author handled the subject matter masterfully. Thank you for the history that you researched and shared; all makes me feel closer to my ancestors and the plight that they had to endure just to survive in their own country. The reader was excellent.
I listened to this book not understanding the history of the black migration from the south. I have known of the dust bowl migration so well described in Steinbeck's the grapes of wrath but this was a revelation to me. It is fascinating to contemplate the various dislocations that occurred following racism within this country. Learning the sociological and historical implications of other such dislocations such as the relocation camps during World War II with the Japanese would be interesting. All in all this is a fascinating history of this event that should be part of history taught to all American high school students.
If you're southern raised, you probably never learned just how bad the black experience was after reconstruction. There's so much evil I believe we're ashamed to bring it up. But this book is a compassionate exposition that will healthily expose the truth that needs to be heard
The narrator is impeccable and the stories are so inviting and vivid. How awesome to get true accounts of the journey and to now have a better knowledge and perspective on a migration I never even acknowledged as such.
What a remarkable book. The individual stories brought to life in the context of the great migration make this a compelling work. the research is impeccable and the performance honors the author's work. Bravo. the
The story of the 3 main characters was riveting and very interesting. You really got to know them through their stories.
It was impossible to listen to in one sitting. I listened in the car on my commute to work which takes about an hour. It took me about 4 weeks to get through. The read would have gone a lot faster, if the author did not repeat the same stories over and over and then over again. I just couldn't understand why several parts of the story were repeated so often. The book could have been done in 10 hours instead of 22. It was a good listen, but I was exhausted with it and glad when it was over.
Voices and accents beautifully rendered by Robin Miles. Yes, the story is recursive--a style choice on the part of the author that emphasizes the folkloric aspects of the work. She speaks as her subjects speak, emphasizing what's most meaningful through repetition, as people do when telling their own stories. Truly one of the most powerful and important books I've ever read.
Loved that the author provided such a vivid history lesson through the lives of three people who made the journey out of the south. I have always been in awe of the courage and tenacity of immigrants from other countries. I now add our own to those ranks.
Thanks for an important story so well written and told.
I learned so much from this book. So many cultural things make more sense now. At first I didn't like the repetitive points both personal and historical views but it helped keep me focused in the end.
From the standpoint of American history, this is one of the best researched and best written books I have ever read. So kudos to Isabel Wilkerson. Robin Miles is an extraordinary reader and performer. Although I now intend to buy the written version because I think it is an important book to own, I highly recommend listening to the audio version. Simply the best I have ever heard.