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  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family | Alex Haley

    Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    avoidthelloyd says: "Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!"
  • Sounder | William H. Armstrong

    Sounder

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William H. Armstrong
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
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    A landmark in children's literature, winner of the 1970 Newbery Medal, and the basis of an acclaimed film, Sounder traces the keen sorrow and the abiding faith of a poor African-American boy in the 19th-century South. The boy's father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times. Night after night, he and his great coon dog, Sounder, return to the cabin empty-handed.

    Vera says: "Beautifully read"
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family | Alex Haley

    Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
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    It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree. When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America.

    A User says: "Roots"
  • Disappearing Acts | Terry McMillan

    Disappearing Acts

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Avery Brooks
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    Franklin is a construction worker who says he's tired of women and their demands. Zora is a struggling singer who also claims to have lost interest in romance. But when these hard-shelled survivors cross paths, the outcome is electric and perplexing. Beyond the joy of sex, Franklin and Zora see the possibility of a solid, lasting relationship; the trouble is, they're far from sure of how to get there.

    Betsy Gonzalez says: "Great book"
  • Roots | Alex Haley

    Roots

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
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    Tracing his ancestory through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.

  • How Harlem Became the Center of the Universe: On the Shoulders of Giants, Volume 1 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    How Harlem Became the Center of the Universe: On the Shoulders of Giants, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
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    Basketball legend and New York Times best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recounts the birth of Harlem, from the boll weevil to the Great Migration, and discusses how Harlem influenced his life.

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