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Someone Knows My Name | [Lawrence Hill]

Someone Knows My Name

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.
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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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    D.K. Edmonton, AB, Canada 02-03-15
    D.K. Edmonton, AB, Canada 02-03-15 Member Since 2011

    work with children and dogs, so fantasy is a wonderful distraction!

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    "Very richly written!"

    Excellent narrator, wonderful and heart wrenching at times. Very true to television mini series! a worthwhile read!

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    Shawntay 01-29-15
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    A must read!!!!A must read!!!!?A must read!!! A MUST READ!!!! A MUST READ!!!!!I WAS MOVED!!!!!

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    Simona Williams 01-27-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful story of Aminata Diallo"

    Her story is wonderful, scary, sad, hopeful and disappointing. It's so easy to image yourself in her footsteps. I found myself crying out in her times of pain, loss and happiness and praying she would find all that she lost.

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    Valerie Littleton-Cohen 01-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    This audio rendition was great. I found myself listening at every opportunity. Can't wait for the Mini Series on BET.

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    Really wonderfully narrated with great voices and accents and a very compelling and thorough story.

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    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-03-15
    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2012

    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”- Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

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    "Beautiful story and superb narration!"

    This is a wonderfully written story and the narrator did a fabulous job breathing life into the characters . Loved it!!!

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    Cari W Canada 11-11-14
    Cari W Canada 11-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A beautifully narrated story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Someone Knows My Name to be better than the print version?

    I read the print version several years ago and since I enjoyed it so much I thought I would try the audio version. The audio version was far better than the print version as you felt as though the author were sitting in front of you telling her life story. I highly recommend this audio book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The settings are constantly changing and the story is rich with the history of 3 continents. I also enjoyed the way the story was narrated in first person


    What about Adenrele Ojo’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was so engaging and soothing. She has a beautiful accent and I loved that way she pronounced the African words. I loved the voice so much I didn't want the story to end


    If you could take any character from Someone Knows My Name out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character of course Aminata. I would love to treat her with the respect she deserves with a lovely meal and intelligent conversation and tell her how inspired I am by her compassion, endurance and knowledge


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book for a long road trip or commute to work and the time will fly by. Even it you have already read the book I encourage you to listen it as it takes the story takes on a whole new dimension

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    Lyn NEW ULM, MN, United States 05-13-14
    Lyn NEW ULM, MN, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved It!!!"

    It is hard to say what I liked best, I have been reading and learning about the slave trade and this sounded like it might be informational. WOW was it ever, the first hand accounts, the details, the trails, the shear honesty, and the pain. I couldn't stop, few books do I have going until it is done. This just kept pushing me on! I had to know what would happen next. Do I recommend it, YES! Is it painful at times to listen, YES! I felt like the reader was alive in the character. It was long and gruesome at times, I longed for something good to come of her life, well worth every hour spent.

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    Amy Normal, IL, United States 08-30-13
    Amy Normal, IL, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening!"
    What made the experience of listening to Someone Knows My Name the most enjoyable?

    I loved the depth of the story and the feeling with which Aderele Ojo read it. I could picture every aspect and felt the weight of the slavery upon one who thought she was safe because she was born free. It moved me to hope and outrage and back again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mina was such a beautiful character -- alternating feisty and heartwarming. In parts she was a "victim" of slavery, but she never gave up struggling to be free, to be the master of her own fate. She was smart and resilient and if she were real -- someone I would love to meet.


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

    I have only listened to one other of Adenrele Ojo's performances and it was a minor role in the performance. I can honestly say that I cannot wait to hear her again. She is extremely expressive and a joy to listen to.


    Who was the most memorable character of Someone Knows My Name and why?

    Aminata is the main character, but that isn't it what makes her the most memorable. Her wisdom is what makes her the most memorable. I was particularly touched with her recognition of the importance of "knowing someone's name." This was a gift she could give to others. Most of her life she had to make do with having her name shortened because others were (in my opinion) to lazy to learn it. In this sense she was dehumanized. But she took care with other's names and gave them the gift of not being forgotten. I loved towards the end when she has that gift given back to her in an unexpected way.


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    Angelina not Jolie 08-21-13
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    "A trip around the world as a slave"

    I found myself non-stop listening and rooting for the main character....hang on you can do it! Educational, I found myself looking for a dictionary and world map several times. A good book....makes me want to learn more about natural cures, history and the abomination of slave trade.

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