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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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    iceyscorpio 10-17-16
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    From start to finished I was mesmerized. The rich recount of history was painfully and beautifully written. The narrator's voice and accents were so entertaining. Great book and vivid imagery.

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    Karen Cabiac 09-03-16
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    This is very well written and performed! Captivating, the story pulls you in. The performer has a beautiful and believable voice.

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    Sharon Dumfries, VA, USA 08-24-16
    Sharon Dumfries, VA, USA 08-24-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding book"

    This book has opened my eyes to so much history that I've looked up while listening to this story being told. I've come to appreciate the stories of our ancestors more than every. In the past I did not want to venture down the roads of the truths of what they endured because I would get so angry. Now I appreciate the stories and look at them as a way of filling a need I'd always needed about who I am, where are my people originally from. So many questions has stirred in me I'm going to research my family lines as far back as I can. It's a good thing to know from which you've came because it helps you know where you are going or which direction you need to go. I wish that many listen to this book and share!

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    Pat 08-20-16
    Pat 08-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "We will remember her name"
    What did you love best about Someone Knows My Name?

    The story is told with dignity and compassion. Great listen.


    What other book might you compare Someone Knows My Name to and why?

    Good book for every age.


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    Beth T. 08-18-16
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    History and personal interest all in one. An intense look at the African slave trade with perspectives I had never realized. Beautifully narrated, very well written. Kept my interest clear through.

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    "excellent loved it! listen twice already."

    Well written, and the reader really brought it to like with all the different accents and languages. such a true to life story, made me feel as if I experienced it along with the characters.

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    Amazon Customer hb, CA, United States 04-01-16
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    "fascinating story"

    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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    T. Ehrhart 03-22-16
    T. Ehrhart 03-22-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    She 01-28-16
    She 01-28-16

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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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    Kathleen Bradley 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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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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