Audie Award Winner, Non-fiction, 2008
It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.
When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America.
As an adult, Alex spent 12 years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the "African" - Kunta Kinte - as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767.
Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people - slaves and freedmen, farmers and lawyers, an architect, teacher, and one acclaimed author - descended from Kunta Kinte.
©1974 Alex Haley. Renewed 2004 by Myran Haley, Cynthia Haley, Lydia Haley, and William Haley; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
TELLS A STORY EVERYONE SHOULD HEAR
THIS IS AMERICA'S HISTORY.
IT IS EASIER TO USE IMAGINATION WHEN LISTENING.
I HOPE LISTENING TO THIS BOOK MAKES PEOPLE TREAT EACH OTHER WITH EQUAL OPPORTUNITY,
COMPASSION, RESPECT, LIBERTY, FREEDOM,
One could say my tastes in books are nonsequators because I have no favorite author or genre. I hold over 300 books in my audible library
How Alex Haley in the last few chapters tells how the story of his family history was orally passed down from generation to generation all the way from Africa to current day America. I am a genealogy buff and found myself envious of Mr Haley for having such a family that kept the history alive.
Many people see this book as a book about slavery because of the movie that was derived from it, but it is more about knowing where you come from and being proud of your people no matter the struggle so that you can always strive to make them proud that they traveled through all they did so their ancestry can be successful and be proud of who they are as a family.
THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT FAMILY!
When the family was sitting outside in the rockers telling the old tales and Alex Haley was sitting on the ground listening.
When Kunta and Bells daughter was dragged away to be sold never to be seen again, it reminded me of the moment in The color purple where the sisters are separated from each other. I was in tears.
Do not judge this book by the movie, the book has so much more substance than any movie ever could have.
among the top ten
I haven't read anything yet that compares.
I haven't listened to any of his other performaces.
If I could sit still for 30+ hours, sure!
Tell us about yourself!
This was so well done, I cant see the print version being better.
Kunta Kinte. Despite the terrible situation he is forced into, he maintains his dignity,humanity, and love of family which he passes down to later generations.
No. Avery Brooks did an outstanding job of bringing this story alive
It is amazing what people are capable of doing to their fellow man, and even more amazing what people can endure
I was about 10 when the movie came out i never read the book so the listen was outttttttttttstanding , its a must have for everyone!
Say something about yourself!
Roots is hypnotizing from beginning to end - it covers about two hundred years in the life of a family, but it's done with the sweep of those big books written in the '60's and '70's (Michener, Uris). The audiobook is read gracefully by Avery Brooks.
I highly recommend this audiobook. It's a remarkable story and Avery Brooks is most amazing in his ability to deliver multiple characters.
Kunta Kinte was hands down my favorite character. The perspective of his home in Africa and the pride of tradition along with that of all the new, strange, horrifying experiences once captured create a most vivid character.
I love how Avery Brooks delivers dialogue & has you believing he was a man, a woman, a child, a cracker...
I was moved in particular when Kunta Kinte would run and I'd be saying outloud,
This is a MUST listen. I happened to have several months of a long commute and I absolutely could not wait to get back in the car and jump back into the Kinte family story.
This is a must listen. Absolutely fantastic history made only better by the narrator. You will feel like you are there throughout the story. I recommend this book to everyone I talk to. It will stay with you for a long time after to have finished listening. Get this one - you will not feel like you have wasted your credit / money!
I still remember the day back in 4th grade when our teacher showed us edited parts of the TV series based off this excellent book...now that I am past 30 I discovered the book that inspired that series and formed my views of how tragic our past that we allowed slavery to occur with no effective opposition! I have read about how some of the book and author are challenged and discredited and I don't care in the least about that nonsense. Even if that is true it makes no difference because this is a beautiful story that needed to be told. It could have been true of any number of families and it does us good to hear it!!!! Great book and good narration!
Let me start by saying that I would pay money to listen to Avery Brooks read a phone book. I have seen the mini series and I even have it on ITunes. But I couldn't listen to all of this. I tried.
The very start of the story - herding goats in Africa was very dull. Too dull.
Then there was the torturous boat. Too much graphic detail about all the putrid details of every kind of nasty fluid a sick and tortured body can produce and it went on forever. I couldnt. I just couldnt.
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