informative, moving, thoughtful
Robin's narration of the characters is excellent. There's never a sense of overdoing the accents or dialect. It contributes a lot to the feel of the story.
Yes, but I don't have that many hours in the day. But I did play it every chance I had.
This is a very moving book about things that are so often glossed over in history class. It's too easy to forget the sins of our nation's past and the human struggles that resulted from them.
Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)
Yes Because the story was told in a way that I could listen and not so painful as other stories on that subject was, but yet it was truthful. It was the experience of the average Afro American who didn't get hanged or caught by the Klan but yet was touched by what was going on around him.
Maybe the story of the sisters the Delaney Sisters
I thought the Dr who drove from to Louisiana to Calif to escape discrimination, and found he could not get a motel in the western States, stood out for me because he didn't expect to feel the discrimination after he left the south.
I have read other books which were more extreme and I could not finish the book. But this one told the story in a way that I could read it again. It could have been my Mother's story or my Father's story or any American Black leaving the South at that time.
I plan to give a copy of this book to my Grandson so he will know how the way was made for him.
A most wonderful example of social history - looking at the story of the great migration through the eyes of three real people, who are portrayed so realistically and compassionately that I really felt sad as their stories drew to a close. The interweaving of the individual stories with the overall history of the migration was very enriching, and I was inspired by these people who took such risks to make something of their lives. Some of the discussion of racial attitudes even of relatively recent times was quite horrifying and it was encouraging to see how far American and other western cultures have come in our acceptance of people of other races and backgrounds. Highly recommended.
A well researched book about the southern migration north by Jim Crow survivors. Excellent performance by Robin Miles portrays each of the voices succinctly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really liked hearing the complete stories of the three main characters, as they progressed through life. They were totally different kinds of people, with different goals in life, yet all three wanted a better life for themselves and their families..
I learned much about what I previously had not known regarding many sad truths of the deep south, and even more tragically, the subtle racism that occurred throughout our nation during years of the "great migration".
Listening to this book was like being led through a diorama in my head. The stories were so powerful, the people so real. Absolutely wonderful all around.
I am an artist who uses rich hues and handsome metalic in her abstract leather constructions. I love reading suspense and romance novels.
Oh, how I loved how the author gave us a glimpse into the lives of three individuals who fled the oppressive south to find freedom and success in the northern states. I loved the rhythm, pattern, and unity of the prose-like structure of the writing. I loved the voice of the narrator, how she changed her voice just enough as she adapted to the roles of each individual in the story. I loved how her mellow voice helped make it less painful to listen to the account of change from the horrific, stalemated lives to ones with hopes and promises that instead resulted in mediocrity and racism that was no less, just different.
Though one character did everything right by completing his education and becoming a medical doctor. He was then met with discrimination over and over again for many years until his dream of running a successful practice came true.
Ms. Miles did an excellent job narrating the story. Her voice was soothing as she thoughtfully guided us through the roughest parts of the journey and the challenges that were faced.
Rails of hopes, dreams, and promises
The narrator was engaging and made this a wonderful listening experience.
She speaks clearly, adding sounthern accents to dialogue.
This book was informative without being dull. As well as general information, it follows the life of three 'migrants' from the south to the north. I've listened to it twice so far and will probably go back for a third listen as it is quite detailed. The narration is excellent, although sometimes it does swing from one topic to another a little abruptly. The history of how coloured people were treated is dealt with sympathetically and backed by events of actual people. Real life events are well woven with facts and figures so you don't get saturated with data. Would be a great book for students.
Robin Miles does a great job of characterising all the different people who appear in this book. The story is of African Americans who moved from the South to northern states between the 1920s and the 1960s.
However, as an audiobook it is rather slow and episodic (it's 22 hours) as we hear the same things over again, and would have been better read on the page.