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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.

©2011 Alex Hayley (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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inspired to dig into my ancestry

enjoyed the lineage descriptions feel enthusiastic about our ancestral lineage. Learnt hardships and bonding in family for generations

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Avery Brooks was great.

I just loved every bit of the narration. Avery brought the whole book to life so much that I could sometimes feel I was standing right there.
His rendition of Uncle Mongo was just outstanding.

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  • Patricia
  • 07-30-13

I WATCHED ROOTS THE SERIES,MANY YEARS AGO ON TV..

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

IT IS A VERY GOOD VERSION OF THE BOOK, HAVING READ THE BOOK AND WATCHED THE TV SERIES, I CAN SAY THAT I'VE REALLY ENJOYED LISTENING TO THIS STORY. THE AUDIO VERSION HAS SO MUCH MORE INFORMATION THAN THE TELEVISION SERIES. I CAN REALLY RECOMEND ROOTS TO ANYONE WHO HAS AN INTEREST IN THIS KIND OF HISTORY. IT IS VERY SAD IN PARTS, BUT THERE IS ALSO HUMOUR,AS YOU FOLLOW THE LIVES OF THE CHARACTERS THROUGHOUT THE STORY.
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY? IT IS A REALLY GOOD LISTEN, I LISTENED TO ROOTS OVER SEVERAL DAYS. WHEN CLEANING, BAKING, IRONING ETC.IT TOOK ME AWAY TO THE TIME AND PLACE, WHERE THIS STORY BEGAN.

What did you like best about this story?

THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TIME BEFORE, AND AFTER KUNTA KINTE WAS CAPUTURED.

Have you listened to any of Avery Brooks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

NO BUT I WOULD IF IT WAS ANYTHING LIKE THIS ONE.

Any additional comments?

IN MY OPINION ROOTS IS A MUST LISTEN.

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  • tru.gough
  • 12-23-12

amazing

This book had too be one of the best I have ever experienced, a story truly heart tugging, it really gets to the heart of slavery and the experiences of the generations. The whole story is the tales told from one generation to the next and I believe that Alex Haley did his best to keep the story true whilst county in the gaps.



The tv series is good and I do not feel like I have missed out on any of the experience of the book by having listened to it here on audible, in fact this is the first book I have listened to on here and I am now hooked.



Truly amazing

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  • Mr. S. M. Murphy
  • 03-15-17

absolutely loved this production.

quite possibly the best audio book I have ever had. don't hesitate to buy. fantastic

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  • mark
  • 08-28-16

Outstanding

This was jaw dropping good. I was with them all the way through this incredible book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-25-15

A Bucket list read.

If you want to rejoice at the human spirit listen and thank your lucky stars it wasn't you.

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  • Dwain
  • 09-19-13

Roots... Amazing

What made the experience of listening to Roots the most enjoyable?

The flow of the story through the different transitions of time. Well written and 100 x better than the TV series. Well narrated and the best book I have listened too by a long shot. A must read and a very realistic and well researched view on the transatlantic slave trade.

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  • Ms. J. E. Watkins
  • 04-01-13

Fantastic

What a pleasure to listen to. The Narrator is superb. The story is heart breaking and heart warming.

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  • Suzy
  • 02-01-18

Intensive family saga

I remember Roots as a TV drama. This book is the story upon which that was based. We start with a boy in his village, in Africa and follow in detail his life. Whilst this wasn't the dramatic start I expected, what the author did was to show ordinary life for the boy. Later when his life changes I better appreciated how different things were for him. Although at the time I felt this section was overly long. The story then continues chronologically through 7 generations from when the boy is forced to leave his village for a life of slavery. At times I found it hard to settle into a new section as we left behind characters and followed the next generation. Also I felt if this was written today, it would have a different structure with flashbacks and other techniques. However the story is interesting and engaging. The narrator has a serious tone and clear voice throughout. I cannot comment on the pronunciation of the African names but he offered consistency. It was 30 hours well spent and a book I recommend.

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  • Sonia
  • 01-26-18

Roots

Loved it, epic heart and soul of a family life. My favourite is all of it, especially the ending which comes full circle. Wonderfully narrated and an epic and momentous experience and journey.

Roots is a must read/listen which is amazing and wonderful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-18

Facts versus Fiction

Base on my own humble opinion I truly enjoyed the book but despite the facts by the author I observed the story was Base on fiction which was carefully narrated based on small facts.

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  • Liz Pralica
  • 01-28-18

Totally stuck on Roots. Couldn't put it down!

The narrator was so very easy to listen to. Beautiful spoken and singing voice, he is just so smooth. Fabulous story, fabulous narration.

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  • Marina
  • 11-21-16

Speechless!

Probably the greatest story ever told! Perfectly narrated. Expertly written. A complete saga with an indefinate ending. This book will forever live on.