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Publisher's Summary

Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

Enslaved on a South Carolina plantation, Aminata works in the indigo fields and as a mid­wife. When she is bought by an entrepreneur from Charleston, she is torn from friends and family. The chaos of the Revolutionary War allows her to escape.

In British-held Manhattan, she helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for wartime service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. During her travels in Canada, Sierra Leone, and England, Aminata strives for her freedom and that of her people - even when it comes at a price.

In this captivating novel, Hill portrays one woman's remarkable spirit and strength in the face of adversity, and he brings to life crucial and little-known chapters in world history.

©2007 Lawrence Hill; (P)2007 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Stunning, wrenching and inspiring....Hill's book is a harrowing, breathtaking tour de force." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great listening!

I really enjoyed the book and the narrator was excellent. In total, there were 3 parts but it did not feel like this took 18 hours. Time flies when you are having fun I guess.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Joy
  • Sacramento, CA United States
  • 11-16-09

Captivating

This was an absolutely amazing story. I completely understand why it made Oprah's list. The narrator Adenrele Ojo made each character come to life, took me from one land to another, evoked emotion and helped me cross decades. Hill & Ojo made a great connection in this book.

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Great Flavor

What a fantastic book. The narrator's voice gave me the flavor of the African continent. The story was moving and very difficult to take to heart. It's hard to believe that one race could think it had the right to treat another race so inhumanely. It was extremely disturbing at times to read. The characters were well developed and so easy to relate to . What an undaunting strength Mina the main character possessed. Great read.

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  • Ada
  • paramount, CA, USA
  • 08-02-08

most fufilling

this listen was wonderful. IT VISUALLY ALLOWS YOU TO FEEL, HEAR AND SMELL THE THINGS THAT WERE HAPPENING.

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Roots revisited

I enjoyed the semi-historical content of this book but to me seemed at times to be out of chronological dating.
This book made me sad, happy, proud, hopeful and aware of how strong "roots" can be and how at times they may keep you going.

Thought that this book would be a good companion read to BROTHER FISH by Bryce Courtenay.

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Good Story

This was a good story but not worth 2 credits. The same voice for all characters.

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Storytelling at its best!

The story is an epic tale of a young child, Aminata Diallo, captured by slave traders. Aminata is brought to America in the squalid, brutal, conditions of a slave ship. On the long ocean voyage to America Aminata discovers the sense of aloneness, constant fear and suffering, caused by the slave traders brutality, was made more survivable by speaking a name. Hearing her name spoken in the language of her people and recognizing the humanity of those who shared in her suffering by calling out their names in the language of their tribal homes, helped sustain her when all hope was lost. Aminata's life long journey from slavery to freedom and return to Africa is a masterpiece. Highly recommended.

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Could not stop listening!

Loved this story! Loved the narrator. I found myself wanting to listen to it all the time.

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A must read

Historical fiction of an elderly African woman telling her life story from childhood, slavery, lies, deception, loss of everyone she loved, viewing slavery as a free person, working with abolitionists, and meeting the King and Queen of England.

Incredible book.

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Fascinating and heartbreaking!

The narrator was excellent! Fabulous voice for storytelling. It is long but SO worth it!!