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
I am only 1/2 way through the 30 hours and can't wait to hear the rest. Narrator does a great job. In places I wonder if the title character still would really be having such halted English and weak voice after 25 years, but sometimes as he does the other characters so well I have a hard time believing it is the same person.
The only thing really wrong with this is the recording itself has all the chapter titles confused, so if you trust the chapter listing of the narrator you will have no idea where you are in the book. Functionally this was not a problem except early on I had no idea if I was listening to the story in the correct order. It was not always clear from the story if maybe I had not missed a chapter. The support team confirmed the issue and were very quick to offer a refund while they work out the technical issue. Since the actual text is in the right order, I just kept listening, but since this is only my second book from Audible, I would have liked the file to be correct and not have to wonder if I had the full text in proper order.
Also, and I have no idea if this is a file issue or equipment issue, but in my car, which connects to my iPhone, the file sometimes has horrible crackling. Never an issue with headphones and was not an issue with the first book I had, which I also listened to in the car. So it seems like the producer of this audio file had some quality issues.
I have and for many hours. In fact I could hardly put my headphones down! Not one slave's life but a lineage of them. Great story and great characters. How helpless they were and the women slave condition (inimaginable today... at least in my country) submitted to their owner's whim. Dreadful way of life but would I as a "white" do better now givent the time customs? I hope so!
Again great story from an African snatched from his village to the free grand-grand-grand-parent that still carries some old tales finally researched after more than a hundred years. And after 12 years of research became a book!
Hard and emotionally tough at times but so true to the story. Worth every minute and every cent.
the accents and interpretation
both but more cry
get it either in paper or audio!
this book is one of the best that I have listened to.
I really enjoyed the way he made the characters come alive. Everyone had hisor her own story to tell. I also felt the touched by his reaction to being welcomed into Kunte Kinte's home village. He gave us his family history with loveand devotion and I am sure that the ancestors were made proud.
I have never listened to his audio performances before. I have always liked him on screens big and small.
The story has already reached the television in an epic mini-series.
New to audible but love the convenience of listening to books while doing mundane household tasks. Mother of 3 whose nest is 2/3 empty as the grown children move on to bigger and better things.
This is an excellent audiobook.
The family love amongst the hard times and poverty is truly heartwarming.
This is my first.
Many moving moments through the generations but it was incredibly moving to hear Alex Haley tell about how he came to write this family history and to hear about his travels as he researched for the book. This part actually choked me up.
With faint memories of this TV Mini-series I had seen as a teenager it was great to hear this book to remember the details much better now.
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.
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