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Homegoing Audiobook

Homegoing

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman.

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery, one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.

Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi, from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and, through their lives, the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.

©2016 Yaa Gyasi (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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    Melanie MacNeill UK 13/02/2017
    Melanie MacNeill UK 13/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the most beautiful books I've ever read"

    This novel is a beautifully crafted piece of artwork. A colourful tapestry, encompassing the history of seven generations of two strains of the same family. Each of the 14 chapters tells the story of one member of each generation. The characters are wonderfully rounded even though we only know them for a fairly short time. When we return to the next generation however. We do hear a little more of the previous generation, I. E. The parents of the character in question. The two different branches of the family separate but are finally reunited. I cannot say any more than this without giving it away. I did wonder about the title, and this only became evident at the very end of the book. The theme is slavery down the ages and it's after-effects throughout the generations until the present day. It is heartwarming in parts, tragic in others. A very vibrant story! This is certainly one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. I would highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    FEAA 08/01/2017
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    "One of the best book I have ever read"
    Would you listen to Homegoing again? Why?

    Yes. It was a fantastic , well thought out and well narrated novel. I felt like I was being read a history lesson on many levels containing both personal and national events. So well written and narrated. A fantastic well executed idea. Made me want to research my history further and take my children to Ghana.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Homegoing?

    Without spoiling the book I thought the ending was perfect. Not expected but the only way it could have ended.


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

    No. First but thought he was brilliant and handled most accents with ease.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. The book made me smile and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure this book will become a classic and can't wait for more from the author.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Suswati 05/03/2017
    Suswati 05/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Epic novel spanning seas and generations"

    A rather melancholic and at times bitterweet listen, describing the journey of one family split into two lineages as a result of colonialism and slavery. It is rather horrific listening to tales of rape and torture, but there is no way of skirting around the issue. What is more telling is the effects that eight generations of brutality has on a modern generation and how easy it is to dismiss today's problems without looking at the context.

    Yaa Gyasi has really excelled in bringing the narratives together coherently. An important piece of literature worth putting as part of the school curriculum.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yogita 02/03/2017
    Yogita 02/03/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "A journey through generations"

    I absolutely loved the concept of this book. Take two sisters, who are born in two very different circumstances and track their lineage. This story not only takes us through time, but also across different countries. The narrator did a fantastic job of jumping from one accent to another and gave each character its distinctive voice. I kept finding myself tracking back with each chapter to the originating sister, just so I was sure what the relationships were. The story is beautifully told for each character and you get a real sense of the hardships faced by Africans and African Americans. I was totally immersed in that world and was telling everyone I knew to go and get this book, even before I was anywhere near the end.

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    Amazon Customer 24/01/2017
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    "Beautifully woven- Don't Miss It!!"
    Where does Homegoing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far the most touching story I have read yet. I have learned something on slave trade first hand and how it affected generations of lives across continents.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How beautifully woven it is. Not easy writing across so many generations. All the changes one goes through with the characters.


    What does Dominic Hoffman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nothing really. I mostly like reading but for an Oyinbo he tried shah. He must be commended for reading the parts of the Fante, Ashante, Twi languages.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me sad, and other times I cried and was frustrated in equal measure.


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    annann 23/03/2017
    annann 23/03/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"

    Great book. Gripping,moving to the extreme ,full of wonderful characters and beautifully told. You have to read/listen to it.

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    Patricia taylor 12/03/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Home going"

    I really loved this book,it was a wonderful insight into other peoples lives,i didnt want the story to end but it did abrupty which i found a bit dissapointing The narration by Dominic Hoffman was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AnnaJean Hughes 09/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "The sins of our fathers"

    What a book. It is layer upon layer of rich, luscious history, and bone-jarring horror. Yaa Gyasi has spun the most intricate of narratives in this book - a true storyteller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sammii-Louu 24/02/2017
    Sammii-Louu 24/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A gorgeous story"

    This is so incredibly well-crafted, from the author's evocations of the many settings of this story, to the voices of the diff tent narratives and perspectives. Moving.

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    Clare Allen Cambridge, UK 22/02/2017
    Clare Allen Cambridge, UK 22/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "An amazing book"

    This is an amazing book, beautifully written by a gifted writer, who is able to make history visceral and real, by introducing us to a family of characters who are real and compelling. What makes their stories compelling is what also makes them so human, with all of the heartache and failings, beauty and grace that goes with it. Along the way, you start to understand the legacies that have contributed to racial oppression in the modern world. Quite a feat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Sonya
    09/08/17
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    "Feminist reading and trusting your audience"

    I thought it was a lovely concept, whose execution is far better when read aloud. In terms of story there were a couple of issues:

    Firstly, the author at times, particularly towards the end, spells out the purpose of the story, and makes the symbolism too obvious. I wish the author trusted her readers more and allowed us so piece it together.

    Secondly, I wish her female protagonists were less conventional and that her interpretation of them was more feminist. Most of their concerns are finding men or with children, something that is a little tired.

    However, ultimately it was a lovely read.

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