For Oprah, the path back to the past was emotion-filled and profoundly illuminating, connecting the narrative of her family to the larger American narrative and "anchoring" her in a way not previously possible. For the listener, Finding Oprah's Roots offers the possibility of an equally rewarding experience.
"This book is every bit as engaging as the [PBS] documentaries and offers helpful resources" (Booklist)
Upon reflection, it is easy to understand why this book was written about Oprah -- everyone knows her. If someone wrote a book on, say, my roots, I'm sure it wouldn't go very far. But what used to make Oprah interesting now makes her ordinary. She's just another rich person who has traded the God she so loved for the "spiritual," read: money. It's sad really, because what an opportunity she was given.
Dr. Gates, the author, is wonderful, and I can't get enough of him. A smart, compassionate, fair man and I wish him much success with this, and other, titles.
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Where does Finding Oprah's Roots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is difficult to compare - certainly not fiction - not complete history; in a class by itself.
What other book might you compare Finding Oprah's Roots to and why?
I have not seen a comparable book regarding genealogy
Which character – as performed by Dominic Hoffman – was your favorite?
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
The research information was helpful to me.