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Roots Audiobook

Roots

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Publisher's Summary

Tracing his ancestory through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.

©2011 Alex Hayley (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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  • Patricia
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    7/30/13
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    "I WATCHED ROOTS THE SERIES,MANY YEARS AGO ON TV.."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Roots to be better than the print version?

    IT IS A VERY GOOD VERSION OF THE BOOK, HAVING READ THE BOOK AND WATCHED THE TV SERIES, I CAN SAY THAT I'VE REALLY ENJOYED LISTENING TO THIS STORY. THE AUDIO VERSION HAS SO MUCH MORE INFORMATION THAN THE TELEVISION SERIES. I CAN REALLY RECOMEND ROOTS TO ANYONE WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN THIS KIND OF HISTORY. IT IS VERY SAD IN PARTS, BUT THERE IS ALSO HUMOUR,AS YOU FOLLOW THE LIVES OF THE CHARACTERS THROUGHOUT THE STORY.
    WHAT MORE CAN I SAY? IT IS A REALLY GOOD LISTEN, I LISTENED TO ROOTS OVER SEVERAL DAYS. WHEN CLEANING, BAKING, IRONING ETC.IT TOOK ME AWAY TO THE TIME AND PLACE, WHERE THIS STORY BEGAN.


    What did you like best about this story?

    THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TIME BEFORE, AND AFTER KUNTA KINTE WAS CAPUTURED.


    Have you listened to any of Avery Brooks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    NO BUT I WOULD IF IT WAS ANYTHING LIKE THIS ONE.


    Any additional comments?

    IN MY OPINION ROOTS IS A MUST LISTEN.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • tru.gough
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "amazing"

    This book had too be one of the best I have ever experienced, a story truly heart tugging, it really gets to the heart of slavery and the experiences of the generations. The whole story is the tales told from one generation to the next and I believe that Alex Haley did his best to keep the story true whilst county in the gaps.



    The tv series is good and I do not feel like I have missed out on any of the experience of the book by having listened to it here on audible, in fact this is the first book I have listened to on here and I am now hooked.



    Truly amazing

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dwain
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    9/19/13
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    "Roots... Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Roots the most enjoyable?

    The flow of the story through the different transitions of time. Well written and 100 x better than the TV series. Well narrated and the best book I have listened too by a long shot. A must read and a very realistic and well researched view on the transatlantic slave trade.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. J. E. Watkins
    UK
    4/1/13
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    "Fantastic"

    What a pleasure to listen to. The Narrator is superb. The story is heart breaking and heart warming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    8/28/16
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    "Outstanding"

    This was jaw dropping good. I was with them all the way through this incredible book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marie
    8/12/16
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    "stunning"

    wow what a book, i was riveted from start to finish, excellent narration and the true feelings were applied
    thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ravi
    5/20/16
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    "amazing experience"

    quality book. loved it value for money. slow start then I was hooked. enjoy as a historic based drama

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lumsy
    Peterborough
    11/24/15
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    "Fantastic"
    What did you like most about Roots?

    The truth and the lives that just come alive in this book is something I can't begin to describe.


    What other book might you compare Roots to, and why?

    I haven't read any other book like Roots


    Have you listened to any of Avery Brooks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I will like to.


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

    When Kunta was kidnapped, my heart broke for him. He fought with everything in him.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always wanted to know what happened to Kunta and Bell after Kizzy was sold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/25/15
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    "A Bucket list read."

    If you want to rejoice at the human spirit listen and thank your lucky stars it wasn't you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love to read
    8/19/14
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    "History to stir the conscience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I most definetly would,not only as a social lesson but also as a great story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chicken George,a likeable womaniser who despite the oppressive system of slavery never seemed to lose his spirit.


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

    That wonderful rich voice


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

    No,I prefer to make good things last


    Any additional comments?

    The range & scope of this book reminded me of the books of James Michener,the same broad sweep of history that grips one from begining to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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