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Finding Oprah's Roots will not only endow listeners with a new appreciation for the key contributions made by history's unsung heroes but also equip them with the tools to connect to pivotal figures in their own pasts. A roadmap through the intricacies of public documents and online databases, this audiobook also highlights genetic testing resources that can make it possible to know one's distant tribal roots in Africa.

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.

©2007 Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; (P)2007 Books on Tape

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"This book is every bit as engaging as the [PBS] documentaries and offers helpful resources" (Booklist)

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We all have roots.

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.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • lre410
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 10-02-13

Entertaining and informative - a rare combination

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?

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What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The research information was helpful to me.