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Roots Audiobook

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Sandra 04-23-13
    Sandra 04-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Intense!"
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    Years ago, I watched this story when it came out as a TV series. The book was so much more... more drama, more insight into what one human is capable of doing to another. The detail was so much more, Some of the discriptions and details were so vivid, I wanted to stop listening but couldn't.
    The movie just didn't get it right, once into the book... around chapter 3 I was totally hooked!
    It's a long story, and I took me almost a week of listening (hrs at a time) to get through it.
    I'll never say my time was wasted!
    I highly recommend this book!

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    steven arcadia, CA, United States 04-10-13
    steven arcadia, CA, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This Book Belongs on Your Reading Bucket List"

    Avery Brooks' performance of Roots is impeccable! The characters, writing style and story line alone make this book a classic but this is one of those rare instances where the narrator takes an outstanding book and makes it even better. In retrospect, the book starts fairly slow in following Kunta Kinte's life as The African in his day-to-day activities on his native soil. However, you will find that once past this slow start the book builds into a literary crescendo that culminates with a perfect ending that wraps a nice bow around the entire story. If you've ever entertained even a notion of starting a genealogy study to trace your own roots, this book will inspire you to make it a reality. The story transcends time by seamlessly following the generations of people that follow The African and their resolve to never forget their origin.

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    Juanita Middletown, DE, United States 04-03-13
    Juanita Middletown, DE, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "ROOTS--the real story"
    If you could sum up Roots in three words, what would they be?

    moving
    believable
    factual


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was thrown into the action.


    What about Avery Brooks’s performance did you like?

    His performance drew me into the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not want to listen to this book in one sitting, but I found myself wanting to hear what happened next.


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    Ann MANITO, IL, United States 03-23-13
    Ann MANITO, IL, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Bibliophile, nature nut, Kuk Sool Won student, physical therapist, and spaz. I love stories, learning new things, laughing and stretching my heart, mind and body.

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    "Amazing listen"
    What about Avery Brooks’s performance did you like?

    Avery Brooks brought life to a beautiful saga. His voice and his characterizations were near flawless.


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    Roots is one of those that I always wanted to have read, and Now that I have listened to it, I don't understand why it isn't required reading for all US citizens. It's beautifully written, and a testament to the human spirit.

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    Michele Idledale, CO, United States 03-12-13
    Michele Idledale, CO, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "WONDERFUL STORY THAT WE ALL NEED TO KNOW"
    What made the experience of listening to Roots the most enjoyable?

    THE STORY ALONE IS AMAZING AND THE NARRATION POWERFUL!!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE HISTORY OF THIS AMAZING FAMILY...FROM THE BEGINNING..AND THE RESILIENCE OF THE HUMAN BEING


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    TEARS, HORROR, JOY AND UNDERSTANDING


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT!!!

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    Mr. 03-12-13
    Mr. 03-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "recommended"

    Without hesitation, I recommend this audiobook. Made my drive to work fun. Dont pass this one up.

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    Emery United States 03-11-13
    Emery United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This saga really is timeless"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story is a part of our DNA as Americans. If not already, this should be on every "required reading" list for our children's high schools.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Alex Haley envelopes you into his story, you can feel the heat from Kunta's camp fire on your face. You can imagine being in the room of the cabin on slave row listening to the story of the African as it is told to each new baby.


    What does Avery Brooks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Flawless narration breathes life into the characters. A master.


    Any additional comments?

    I an era of movies that jump off the screen at you, I really wish someone would remake this story into film....it would hold it's own with the best of them

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    Lynne CINCINNATI, OH, United States 03-05-13
    Lynne CINCINNATI, OH, United States 03-05-13
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    "Avery Brooks Brings the Saga Alive!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excruciatingly real depiction of the slave years!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration of characters' words was very authentic.


    What does Avery Brooks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The dialect of an African American slave was so realistic!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The horrible conditions for the slaves on the boats as they sailed from Africa to the United States


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    Jeanne Sonora, CA, United States 03-05-13
    Jeanne Sonora, CA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Smashing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Roots to be better than the print version?

    I like all audio books better than print versions... they come alive w/the different voices that make the characters real.


    What about Avery Brooks’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The slave ships were horrendous.


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    Gord edmonton, AB, Canada 03-01-13
    Gord edmonton, AB, Canada 03-01-13
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    "A must listen! Very well Narrated!"
    What made the experience of listening to Roots the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator's tone, diction and prononciation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roots?

    The realization of the horible things that have been done to people as a result of something as silly as race, color or religion. Cut us we all bleed the same, we all feel the same, we are all equal. The arraganace of another race, culture or creed, that could think they are superior ills me. the fact that this same prosecution is still going on in different parts of the world than I live in Makes me sad that we haven't learned from our mistakes.


    What about Avery Brooks’s performance did you like?

    The performance was excellent. The narrator was believeable in his role of the characters. He put life to the story. I would find myself eager to listen to the book, even during times i don't usually listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I would be very surprised if you do not like everyting about the presentation of this story, albe be it at terrible scar on world history.

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