Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston are Thomas Jefferson's children by one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, and while they do get special treatment - better work, better shoes, even violin lessons - they are still slaves, and are never to mention who their father is. The lighter-skinned children have been promised a chance to escape into white society, but what does this mean for the children who look more like their mother? As each child grows up, their questions about slavery and freedom become tougher, calling into question the real meaning of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Told in three parts from the points of view of three of Jefferson's slaves - Beverly, Madison, and a third boy close to the Hemings family - these engaging and poignant voices shed light on what life was like as one of Jefferson's invisible offspring.
©2011 Kimberly Bradley (P)2011 Listening Library
I thought this was a great book. this book gives one an insight on what had occurred as well as the longing for a father. which killed my heart how much his kids really loved him no matter what..
This is a story as true as the author could have possibly written. It took me back to a time and place so different from all I have ever known. I learned a lot from this book. A great story. My kids ages 13 and 6 really enjoyed this book as well.
Adenrele Ojo did a great job narrating this book.
I thought this book was a good read/listen. The orator did a great job. The story unfolded nicely. I would recommend this book to someone interested in historic fiction.
It was like listening to someone telling a story to little children. Even the made up parts around known facts of the day were infantile. I hope the author moves this to the children's section. Save your time and money/credits.
Although the story is based on historical facts the dialogue and development feel forced.
I was looking forward to the story because u really like historical fiction. But I was disappointed in the story telling quality of the narrative.
Report Inappropriate Content