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Summary

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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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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absolutely loved this production.

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

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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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Outstanding

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

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  • Dwain
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 19-09-13

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

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

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  • Patricia
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 30-07-13

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.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Bored narrator. just be warned.

The narration for this book is one of the worse I have ever heard,, it was so bad that it could be used as a sleeping tablet.the caretors voices was the same. In a audiobook narration is so important. He just sounds so bored that he wishes he wasn’t reading it for us. I have wanted to read this book for years now. I’m just pleased I didn’t pay full price for it.

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Absolutely incredible - a must read / listen for all

After the awful racist protests in Virginia USA in autumn 2017 I started trying to learn more about the American Civil War - something we don’t learn about in England. This led me to the Ken Burns documentaries and from there I jumped to Lalita Tademy’s book Cane River - a must read too. From there I discovered Roots. Somehow I missed the Roots mini-series in the 80’s (despite the fact I am a 70’s child) I have no idea how!!

Anyway, once I started listening I was spellbound. I’d tell people about this amazing book and they’d all say “ahh yes - Kunta Kinte!?!” And I’d wonder how they knew!

Listening to this boom has been magical. The narrator is one of the best I have heard. The myriad accents and nationalities he is able to represent with authenticity is really impressive and also believable. I can’t believe 30+ hours has gone so quickly and so enjoyably.

I feel I have educated myself a little bit more, but I’ve also been indulged with such a magnificent (and true) story. The last couple of chapters where Alex Haley talks about his research are the icing on the cake.

Buy this book and listen to it. You owe it to yourself.

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Roots must listen audio book.

Exceptional performance by Avery Brooks of a gripping historical novel that rightly demonstrates the power of oral historical traditions.

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  • Hayley
  • 11-09-18

Just WOW!

Don’t hesitate, this is one of the very best audio books ever. I feel inspired, educated and entertained after listening to it. An emotional saga of intensity and historical relevance. Enjoy!

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  • 09-01-18

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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  • M. Khalil
  • 23-04-17

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.