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Someone Knows My Name Audiobook

Someone Knows My Name

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Publisher's Summary

Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

Enslaved on a South Carolina plantation, Aminata works in the indigo fields and as a mid­wife. When she is bought by an entrepreneur from Charleston, she is torn from friends and family. The chaos of the Revolutionary War allows her to escape.

In British-held Manhattan, she helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for wartime service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. During her travels in Canada, Sierra Leone, and England, Aminata strives for her freedom and that of her people - even when it comes at a price.

In this captivating novel, Hill portrays one woman's remarkable spirit and strength in the face of adversity, and he brings to life crucial and little-known chapters in world history.

©2007 Lawrence Hill; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Stunning, wrenching and inspiring....Hill's book is a harrowing, breathtaking tour de force." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ryan B. 10-18-12
    Ryan B. 10-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about Someone Knows My Name?

    Very well written. Great background and story telling. A must read. One of the best audible books I've "read"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    thatssocute KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 05-25-12
    thatssocute KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 05-25-12
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    This was a good story but not worth 2 credits. The same voice for all characters.

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    DuchessP Georgia, USA 05-06-12
    DuchessP Georgia, USA 05-06-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "One of my new FAVORITES!"
    Where does Someone Knows My Name rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I absolutely loved the voice of the narrator....Adenrle Ojo kept my attention non stop. I am enthralled with the story line and the historical perspective that awakened me to learn more of my history. Mr. Hill is a masterful storyteller.


    Have you listened to any of Adenrele Ojo???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will look for other books narrated by her as a result of reading this book.


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

    Yes....Growing up in the U.S. there is so much I don't know that is underneath the long time oppression of people of color. Mr. Hill did an amazing job of weaving in the fascination and the contempt of those who thought themselves to be in power.


    Any additional comments?

    A work of historical fiction that is intriguing and is well told.This story tells me how important the storyteller is to our lives -- itis spell binding!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 05-04-12
    Diane 05-04-12
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    "Incredible, worth your money and time!"
    What made the experience of listening to Someone Knows My Name the most enjoyable?

    this story is just wonderful. I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoyed "The Help" takes you back to a time that is hard to believe. Pulls at your heart and soul. .


    Which character ??? as performed by Adenrele Ojo ??? was your favorite?

    Performance was excellent. Adenrele Ojo is a real professional.


    Any additional comments?

    There are times I wonder why am continue to listen, never once with this book.

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    Tia Waynesboro, VA, United States 02-22-12
    Tia Waynesboro, VA, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!!!"
    Would you listen to Someone Knows My Name again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again. I am so sad that it's over. It kept me wanting more. And now I am done and I want more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is an awesome book. I hope Lawarence has something else looming.

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    KP Oakland, CA 10-22-11
    KP Oakland, CA 10-22-11 Member Since 2012

    There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson

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    "Informative historical novel..."

    I really liked and appreciated this book! I suppose it wasn't QUITE as much of a page turner as The Kitchen House (my last book,which was also about slavery) so I didn't give it 5 stars, BUT it really was a better or more informative historical novel, in a way. It is a fictional slave narrative, based on the author's exhaustive research into slave narratives and slave history. The story was good, but what separated it as far as the history goes was that it dealt with slavery in the early 1700's and slavery right as the Revolutionary War was being fought... and then with the slave migration to Nova Scotia and back to Sierra Leone and THEN to the abolitionists in London in the early 1800's. It was told from the point of view of an African woman who was abducted and sold into slavery when she was 11. The stories from these various time periods and countries were new to me. It was so interesting and ironic to hear her point out, when the American Revolutionaries wanted their "freedom" from England, that they didn't even have an inkling of what it was like not to be free. This is something one doesn't' normally think about along with Paul Revere! And, as I said, the story WAS really good! I found myself celebrating and also crying with Aminita, the narrator. Marilyn, if you're reading this, I think you'd like it!

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    Zuri 04-03-11
    Zuri 04-03-11
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    "Vivid Journey....Excellent Written Work!"

    This book was powerful, and although over 18 hours long--it will keep your attention the entire time. The author wrote this book as if painting an oil painting--you could easily formulate the scenes in your mind, and the narrator is well gifted.

    Best book I have listened to since the Book of Night Women.

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    stephanie temple terrace, florida, United States 01-02-11
    stephanie temple terrace, florida, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I want to retell it as it it were my own"

    Wonderfully imaginative epic; extremely detailed and informative. I look forward to listening to the entire story again, its that great, you get lost in it.

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    Nicole Casper, WY, United States 10-22-10
    Nicole Casper, WY, United States 10-22-10
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    "Beginning is a little slow, but stick with it!"

    The beginning of the book moves a bit slowly, but stick with it because the rest of the book is excellent! The characters are rich, and you feel as if you are right there with them in the story. Lawrence Hill has done a wonderful job with this book! The narrator's voice is perfect; everyone should give this book a chance.

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    mary j aboughadareh 04-19-10
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    "From the kidnapping to the grave"

    A very interesting saga. You are given an example of what took place in the lives of those who were kidnapped from their villages and sold into slavery. One challenge right after another. It was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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