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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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    great book! sad in many places. engrossing. so sad what we did to all those black people.

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    Brett Westminster, CO, United States 04-30-15
    Brett Westminster, CO, United States 04-30-15

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    I thought this was a great book! I have been familiar with the story from the TV series but had never watched the whole series or read the book until now.

    All I can say is that this is both a sobering and inspiring story!

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    Nadiyah Gayles Denver, Colorado United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "i am on my journey"

    loved this book. gives me hope to find my roots. I am going to Africa.

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    Sandra Vaslet 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderfully written"

    loved it. one of the best books ever written. narrator was great. loved it alot

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    "Roots The Saga"

    This was very good. If you like history, with all of the ups and downs, and all of the struggles everyone had endured at that time, then add this too your collection. you won't regret it!

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    I am a 2nd generation white American with German French and Italian blood. All I can say is this is one of the greatest books I have ever heard and would definitely recommend for anyone to read or hear.

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    sherry 04-03-15
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    Everyone should listen to this story. The narrator was awesome and the story was intense. One of the best ever.

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    Susan F. 04-01-15
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    "Superbly written and narrated. "

    Such a tragic time in our history. This was a good understanding of the times.
    Thank you for taking the time to educate us all...

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    LORETTA ISADORE 03-30-15

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    The movie roots live in life impression on me. Now after listening to the book on roots my heart filled with inspiration. I would like thank Mr Haley for the inspiration he has still in me and showed me what the meaning of family is. Thank you.

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    "Excellent story, superb performance!"

    Though I've never seen the movie, the book is excellent! While I've liked Avery Brooks since I first saw him on "Spencer for Hire", he does a superb job on "Roots"!

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