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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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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-02-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "THE MORE BLACKNESS A WOMAN HAS"

    THE PRETTIER SHE IS.
    A lot of you probably think that Jim, The Impatient would not listen to a book 30 hours long. You would be wrong. If well written I can listen forever. This is very well written, is interesting and should be required reading in our schools. Just like the Holocaust, we should be reminded just how evil man can get, in order to keep us from doing it again. You can read books of history which give you the numbers and the straight facts, but only in a book like this can you live it and half way understand. This story will remain in my head until I die.

    TENDING RICE WAS WOMEN'S WORK
    The first couple of hours are good, but not as good as the rest of the book. The story really starts to happen when the main character grows up. The introduction is poor. The individual that does the intro, makes it sound like the book has all it's facts wrong and makes you wonder if you should listen on. Listen on. The last chapters do seem rushed and makes you believe Haley should have finished the book earlier and written another book to cover the rest of the material. The last hour is Haley explaining what he went through to write the book. I always appreciate it when the author does that.

    The narrator is excellent.

    AIN'T I TELLING YOU AS FAST AS I CAN.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    loix 06-17-08
    loix 06-17-08 Member Since 2004
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    "the best of both worlds"

    The story is so compelling, one hardly notices that it's 30 hours long.(The next-to-last part even feels rushed.) But what makes this story really shine is the narrator, who puts in a great deal of effort in making the various speech styles sound authentic (at least to an untrained ear, they all sounded like the real deal). I wish more titles read by Avery Brooks were available.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Cranberry 03-15-08
    Cranberry 03-15-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Why did I wait?"

    Why did I wait so long to read Roots? I don't remember the mini-series, but this book was terrific. Not only is the story powerful, but I found it very interesting when the characters lives are placed in an historical perspective -- for example, when the characters discuss Washington's presidency or Lincoln's addresses. The narration is excellent. Could have gone another 30 hours without issue!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 06-29-09
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 06-29-09 Member Since 2015
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    "A Classic"

    If you've been intimidated to read Roots because of the book's size, definitely listen to it! I realized how little I actually knew about the slave experience. This is just fascinating. Easy to follow and an intriguing story.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Noel Winnemucca, NV, USA 11-27-08
    Noel Winnemucca, NV, USA 11-27-08
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    "A wonderful book!!"

    An amazing story that had me in tears, and left me on the edge of my seat after listening to it. The range of emotions I experienced with this book were beyond any of my reasonable expectations. A must have book.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 09-24-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 09-24-12

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "An Excellent Novel to Listen To"

    Having seen the series on TV and read the novel twice since it was released, you'd think I would have had enough of "Roots".
    Listening to the excellent narration simply adds to the enjoyment I've had for this wonderful piece of historical fiction.
    There are a hundred reviews, most of the 5 star category and there is a reason for that.
    It's a wonderful listen-I expect I'll listen to it again in a few years.
    Worth the credit more than almost any book I've purchased on audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 06-05-10
    Sher from Provo Utah 06-05-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Unforgettable story, fabulous narrator"

    This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. If I could give it 6 stars, I would. Everyone should read this book. It would open our eyes to the feelings of others, and it would help us see that we are all far more alike than we are different.

    The narrator, Avery Brooks of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" fame, is absolutely phenomenal. I laughed and I cried, but I cried a lot more than I laughed. It was one of those books that I hated to see come to an end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Pleasant Grove, UT, USA 08-19-09
    Craig Pleasant Grove, UT, USA 08-19-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding..."

    I'm at 200 books from audible and this is in my top three. Coming from middle class, white America I didn't think I'd enjoy this book so much. It was spellbinding and the narration was exquisite! WOW.

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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 07-02-09
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 07-02-09 Member Since 2016

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "Wow! Great story, fantastic narration"

    I loved this book. Avery Brooks did a fantastic job reading this novel it was hard to pull myself away from the story. A great deal of research went into this novel, and Alex Haley's story at the end of the novel was truly appreciated. Worth the many hours of listening. This book should be mandatory reading for anyone who thinks there are no consequences to our actions. Strong families make for strong communities. Incredible writing and reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A Lemley Thomson, GA USA 11-04-08
    A Lemley Thomson, GA USA 11-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Still a wonderful story after all these years!"

    Still a wonderful story after all these years!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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