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.
Isabel Wilkerson story telling is unmatched. She seductively pulls her readers into decades long hardships, triumphs, victories, and resignations. One of the best books I've ever read!
This book tells an important piece of the American story that is somehow unknown or only partly understood by most of us. Through the stories of the lives of three people, beautifully told and exceedingly well researched, we can understand the paths and humanity of many others. The narration is magnificent. Experiencing this book has left a mark in me that I will carry forever. It has changed the way I understand American history. I am grateful.
From the first lines to the very last, I was captivated by a seldom told story of a journey that embodies the American quest for true Liberty. The author skillfully weaves the personal stories of three individuals who were part of the Great Migration out of the South and into the North, Midwest, and West seeking to escape de facto slavery and legalized genocide. The author's meticulous research supports and enhances our understanding of what it means to become a fully acknowledged citizen of the US. This book should be required reading in any high school or college American history class.