This was my first audio book.
This book brings history to life. It is simply Outstanding. I've been recommending it to all of my friends.
This is one of those instances where I am glad to have listened rather than read this book. The voices by Robin Miles were perfect, both male and female. Yet, the straight narration was clear, well modulated and natural sounding.
I was particularly intrigued by the components that took place in my hometown of Los Angeles.
The personal stories of 3 lives are interwoven with the history of the time period, moving between the two in just the right way as to prevent boredom and leave the reader anxious to hear more.
This book also helps to frame the reasons for our current racial tensions. Through learning about the trials of the African American migrants, one can't help but come away with a deep respect for all they went through as a people and what they achieved
The hardships that African Americans experienced both in the South and as they migrated North are important to remember because they took place a century after their emancipation. The rich culture, and compelling stories of courage are described in vivid and interesting tales that are seamlessly held together over the decades of their journies
I enjoy listening to audible recordings while exercising and doing tasks around the house. My interest is mainly on historical nonfiction.
The audio version is very well done and moves along well.
All three of the major characters in the book have diverse and compelling stories which represent a broad range of migration experiences.
If you are not familiar with this major event in US history this book is a must read.
Maybe not this particular book--it's a narrative based on facts from interviews and memories, very vivid. More vivid than Stockett's The Help with the horror of Jim Crow dominated lives. But once heard, I would turn to additional literature or memoir about the lives of black people in the US.
I would and will listen again because the first three times I listened I realized how much I missed the time before. I am a student of history and love it when an author can tell a story that sounds like fiction but is in reality the truth. In "Warmth of Other Suns" I found myself repeatedly asking myself why don't I know about this? I've spent nearly 40 years studying history as an avocation. Over those years I've read numerous authors of both hard core history and fictionalized history. In all of that, I have not read anything so compelling as this book. What is so amazing is the way Ms. Wilkerson managed to draw me into a history of her ancestors when my family history is so different.
It is hard to pick just one, there were so many. Between the drive through the western states with nowhere to sleep or the being shipped up north in a box either during slavery or in the modern times when a man was supposed to be free. Or the courage of a woman facing the fear of leaving her family to go to a world she has no idea about. If I have to pick one it would be when George was forced to flee central Florida. I have hunted throughout that area of the state and I can picture the way it looked back then. I can also am familiar with the distances he had to travel so I can imagine how scary it must have been to do it at a time when your life could end horribly just for being caught traveling. Any white man would never think twice about traveling safely just because of his skin color.
Robert carried a chip on his shoulder his whole life and tried to prove his worth rather than accept it as valuable as it was. George seemed to struggle sharing the love and care in his heart with the people closest to him. Like Robert he was blessed with an advanced education but always seemed to need more from the world either because of it or because it wasn't enough. Yet Ida Mae who had the least seemed to define herself as having value beyond what others would see and recognize. She saw her value as being inside her. That is why she has to be my favorite. Though she had been given very little she refused to let it harm her spirit and love for her neighbor.
Several times I wept. I was struck by both the courage and by the bitter shameful behavior of people. I am glad that my people were dirt poor immigrants during the period this book covers. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to bear the burden of knowing your ancestors willingly treated other people so horribly. My ancestors and my wife's have a history of being persecuted so I am familiar with the sadness of the history. I am Irish and Greek. My grandmother was so poor she had to get to Canada as a domestic servant and work her way to New York and freedom at the age of 14! On the Greek side my grandmother was an actual slave. Her village was near the border of Turkey, when she was a little girl her family was killed in a dispute and she was taken into slavery. My grandfather paid for her and had her shipped to America where he had gone to make his fortune. My wife's family escaped Europe before the horrors of the holocaust but she still has family that didn't make it out before Hitler did his worst.
The thing is all those tragedies took place in lands people fled to come here and live free from such horrors. Now I read how people who were born here were forced to flee in fear for their lives. Worse how horrors that were only supposed to occur in foreign lands were going on right here. What shame!
I was brought up in the west during the 40’and 50’ and could never understand why I could not play at my girlfriends house nor she mine and it was never explained. I never asked.
In the 60’and 70 we lived in an apartment where a gal and her family moved in from the South and she cried day and night that she wanted her “ nanny “ to come to take care of her kids, cook and clean for her
This book brings incredible insight as to their plight and times…. And should be a must read. I would highly recommend it.
Perhaps the best audio-book I have ever experienced. I'd have given it sixes across the board. The Warmth of Other Suns should be required reading for every American. The story of the Great Migration is presented magnificently: marvelously written and narrated. As a middle-aged white man who just missed the Jim Crow era in my state, I had been a bit wary of this book since it came out and won all those awards a few years ago. I don't enjoy being preached to, even when it's well-merited. Moreover, the subject is so vast, daunting and ultimately kind of a bummer. Ms. Wilkinson, however, does not preach. She simply tells her tale. And she tells it so well: a vibrant and sometimes thrilling triptych of immigrant’s stories, different in personality, time and geography, set against the six decade backdrop of the story of the Migration itself. I think it’s the most important work of American popular history in the last ten years. Ms. Miles’ narration is perfect. Well done in every way!
This is one of the finest audiobooks I have listened to
I am a northern-born, white woman who prides herself in knowing about our world. The Warmth of Other Suns was like an awakening - to the cause and affect of slavery, the scars of the terrorism that was Jim Crow, the families and people the book follow who leave everything they know in hopes of just being treated equally. The human realities of being a migrant, the temptations of city life up North, the struggle for work, education, family and familiarity. I think it is a "don't miss" - the story takes you along, is interesting at every juncture, and the narrator is phenomenol. I learned so much and loved the telling.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
As a Yankee transplant to the South who has lived in Birmingham, Alabama, for more than 15 years, I found this book fascinating. From the minute I arrived in Alabama, I was acutely aware of the race relations issues still lingering and I found myself studying the history of Alabama especially as it relates to the civil rights movement. One visit to the impressive Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and its Jim Crow installation including a "White Only" water fountain leaves a lasting impression especially when you walk out the front door and find yourself standing in front of the 16th Street Baptist Church where 4 little girls were murdered in 1963 by a church bomb. Kudos to Ms. Wilkerson and her extensive research which is so eloquently set forth in this book. If I could make this book required reading in every American middle or high school, I would. We may have come a long way since Jim Crow but we still have so far to go and this is the kind of book that opens up the important dialogue necessary between the races to keep the improvement of race relations front and center.