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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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    I loved the lilt of the narrator. the story had many vivid details and I felt I was there with her. shared her plight and terror and injustices.

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    The story captured my attention in the 1st chapter and kept me mesmerized until the very end.

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    Loved the bittersweet story. Read this book twice and recommended it to a few. Only wish there was a part two.

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    "Enthralling!!!"

    I really, really loved this memoir! Very detailing and I laughed and cried just about all at the same time! Sad at times and shocked but it kept my attention and I couldn't put it down. It was like I lived there and I felt Aminatah"s pain. Beautiful and talented narrator as well!

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    "I learned so much!"

    I loved this book even though it is always hard to listen to human beings being so evil to other human beings. It is a gripping story and kept me entranced every minute.

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    Exceeded my expectations. This was truly the best story about the slave trade I have ever heard. A most read.

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    "Irony of irony"

    Did you know that Lawrence Hill, the author of The book of negros, otherwise known as Someone knows my name, is Canadian? I to am Canadian and have wanted to listen to this book for years. Due to some contractual agreements made somewhere, the audiobook is not available in Canada. Only recently I traveled to Europe and thought to purchase the book and download it while still abroad. I'm glad I did, it's a great book and wonderful performance, well worth the trip to Europe that it took to get it.

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    This is a great story of an incredible journey. The reader is brilliant and she brings the story to life.

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    "A descriptive account of a difficult historic time"

    This book is a descriptive account of a difficult period in history. The story is long but well worth the time it takes to finish. I preferred the book over the film/movie version. The book provides more in depth insight to the main character's thoughts, actions & desires. The book was DEFINITELY worth the credit spent to access it!

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    "Amazing and Compelling Read"
    Where does Someone Knows My Name rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is at the top of the list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aminata Diallo - She was not just a survivor, she was intelligent, vulnerable, and graceful.


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

    No. However, I will be.


    If you could rename Someone Knows My Name, what would you call it?

    I would not, nor I could not come up with a more fitting name.


    Any additional comments?

    As a black woman, I had great trepidation in reading this book. Even at my age, and to a degree, somewhat removed from the injustices (and/or repercussions) of slavery, I feel the pain of my parents and ancestors. I still see the damage my parents have endured to make their parents, who have passed on, proud. Their stories (and those as old as my great grandmother, who was born in 1889 and died in 1992) are still vivid in my mind. It sometimes torture my thoughts, knowing what they all endured. As a result of that pain, I attempted to take a more apathetic stance, living my life, and just "staying in the moment"....until now.Bravo Lawrence Hill! You awakened the spirit of the ancestors within me. Although Aminata's life is fictional, the historical accounts were, without question, an accurate (more than likely tame interpretation) of a slave's life, by comparison to an autobiographical version, of someone of similar circumstances. Having said that, I could not put the book down. I had to finish it, as quickly as possible.There is no way to end the story without having a more enlightened view of humanity. I will no longer say "I don't want to know. I don't think I can handle it." Instead, I will constantly remember that no matter what, I will not allow the torture and injustices of my African, and African-American, forefathers' lives to be in vain.I owe it to myself, and my children, to insatiably learn more about my ancestors' past, so that I may more consciously and positively impact their future, as well as anyone else around me. I am foregoing ahead, to learn more and celebrate those who so bravely (absent of choice) paved the road before me.Please read the book. Push through some of the uncomfortable, yet poignantly described details. I am the better for having done so myself.

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