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Roots Audiobook

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Non-fiction, 2008

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.

As an adult, Alex spent 12 years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the "African" - Kunta Kinte - as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767.

Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people - slaves and freedmen, farmers and lawyers, an architect, teacher, and one acclaimed author - descended from Kunta Kinte.

©1974 Alex Haley. Renewed 2004 by Myran Haley, Cynthia Haley, Lydia Haley, and William Haley; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Being the consummate actor, [narrator Avery] Brooks has immersed himself into the role of narrator. In fact, it is difficult to describe what Avery Brooks does in this audiobook. He neither narrates nor performs, rather, he conjures. He brings the plethora of characters to life as memory, as history, as the pawns of diaspora. His narration begins in reverential tones as an homage to a literary masterwork, yet he ends it as a roar against racism." (AudioFile)

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    JW South MS 03-05-16
    JW South MS 03-05-16 Member Since 2015

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Roots to be better than the print version?

    Yes!! Yes!! A Million Times Yes!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roots?

    When they chopped off Kunta Kinte's foot and he was nursed by Belle.


    What does Avery Brooks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice was so deep and sonorous. He brought such a proudness to the characters. I could see everything and everyone that he described. I could smell every smell that he described. Love his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was so enthralled by this book. I cannot believe that I overlooked it for all these years. It never seemed like a book that I could relate to so I just never picked it up. Never saw the movie, either. This was an amazing saga and I'm going to purchase the video.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read or heard.

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    RW 03-03-16
    RW 03-03-16 Member Since 2016

    I am retired trooper. I love to read but I feel guilty to just sit & read. So listening to them is great while I work.

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    "much better than the TV show"

    I was surprised about the historical details. hearing what people went through to survive and hold onto their family.

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    Allan 03-02-16
    Allan 03-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome"

    A perfect sequel (prequel) to Uncle Tom's Cabin. Everyone should be more aware of the guilty truth of history. So easy to see why this book spawned the miniseries that was THE television event of the last 50 years.

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    KIMM jamaica, NY, United States 02-24-16
    KIMM jamaica, NY, United States 02-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Joy"

    I loved it. So captivating. I cried from sorrow and pride. A must read.

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    Mike United States 02-21-16
    Mike United States 02-21-16 Listener Since 2002
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    "Excellent story and performance"
    What did you love best about Roots?

    While this story is extremely disturbing, the book was much easier to handle than the mini-series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roots?

    The pride the family maintained throughout the generations despite the misery that they endured.


    Which character – as performed by Avery Brooks – was your favorite?

    Mr. Brooks did an excellent and made all of the characters believable.


    Any additional comments?

    The first part of the book (the Africa years) moves much slower than the time after Kunta was captured and shipped to America. The second part of the story held my interest much better.

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    Lane 02-08-16
    Lane 02-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Emotionally charged story!"

    I knew the general plot, I thought, but was surprised by the way I was pulled into the story.

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    Magic's Stuff 02-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to put down!"

    it's a long story but I didn't want it to end. there was so much more I wanted to know about the Kinte clan.

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    Maxine Harrison 02-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book!"

    One day of the best I've ever read.. Very detailed, you get to know the characters well. Better than the mini-series...

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    Venus 01-21-16
    Venus 01-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Positively Overwhelmed"

    This book captivated me from beginning to end. I feel a sense of pride, hearing the history and accomplishments of my people from our perspective.

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    Jasmone 01-14-16
    Jasmone 01-14-16
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    "I am 13 and I loved it!!!"

    This book is the best book I've ever read in my life! Through the tears and smiles I was always stuck in the story. You gain such an emotional connection to the characters and the story line is one of a kind. I am 13 and I think that anyone could read this book and love it!! Definitely 100% recommend!

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