In 1976 I purchased the book ROOTS. Alex Haley put down on paper, in print, what he had discovered about his family tree through a labor of love,with much time, and effort.
My hobby has been genealogy so this particular project interested me. A great aunt of mine had put together a family tree in the mid sixties and I found it fascinating
When Roots was shown on television we watched and thoroughly enjoyed the program for several nights.
When it became available on VHS I again had to have it and appreciated it again. Last year we bought the DVD set and loved it all over again!
This past week I have been reading (listening) to the audible.com offering of Roots.
Today I finished the book. I sat in front of my computer at work and listened on my MP3 player. As I listened I could absolutely SEE Levar Burton (young Kunta Kinte, John Amos (older Kunta Kinte), Ben Vereen (Chicken George), Leslie Uggams (Kizzie), Louis Gossett, Jr, and many other extremely talented actors who performed those roles in the made for TV movie back in the seventies, I found myself in tears during the last two hours of the book.
Alex Haley said he cried when he heard confirmation of what he had been told over and over as he grew up.
He gave us all so much to be grateful for. His laborious work, while disputed with plagiarism charges, is an invaluable lesson to all.
Avery Brooks (narrator) brings it all to life in a fabulous way!
I highly recommend this audible book to all!
The story draws you in from page one. Blaze is a character I felt sorry for from the start. He never had a chance yet proved to be wiser than most of those around him! The story kept me entertained all the way through.
We've been big-time fans of SK since Carrie was published. Bought every hardback as they came out.
We sent two to him for his personalized autograph! Loved that! Now that I can "listen while I work" with Audible books I've happily "read" all of them available. This latest... Blaze brings to mind his story writing from his earliest days, and of course this is a Richard Bachman original. We loved it and will highly recommend it to all SK fans and I'm sure it will bring in a whole generation of fans!
I listen to these at work. This one, although long at 28 1/2 hours, kept my interest all the way through! I wanted more so guess I'll have to listen to it all over again soon. He tells so much about the Hollywood he knows so well. I love the details and the "dirt"! Who cares if it's all true or not? well maybe those the told on but they're not real anyhow, are they? His is yet another American success story but it fascinated me! Thanks Joe!
I loved this book! Just cannot get over the fact that "Nicky" charactor sounds sooo much like the Ratso Rizzo charactor from Midnight Cowboy! Maybe Joe Pantoliano could play him in a movie version? I'd love to see it. Book is one that grabs and holds ya!
Absolutely loved this book! I've read... well listened to "Catch Me If You Can" three times since I downloaded it! It amazes me that this is a true story. Now I don't know if I want to go see the movie as I'm afraid they will "mess up" the story too much as so often happens with movies. I'd highly recommend this audible version!
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