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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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Extremely impactful, a classic, read with panache!

A must read/listen! Extremely impactful, a classic, read with panache! Highly recommend.. A great one to start off Audible with! Great company for my walks and jogs!

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Illuminating and transforming

A riveting account of the African-American history simply told through the author's ancestry. The circumstances and events described helped the listener understand the experiences of the original slaves and their emergence as free Americans. The concluding chapters explaining how the story was researched is a great help to establish the authenticity of the narrative. The listening was a pleasure. I could feel myself experiencing those events narrated and the feelings which the characters felt. An immersive experience which improved my understanding of the African-American. I will happily recommend the book to anyone with the slightest interest in American history.

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grate listen

among the best book I've read so far. amazing naration by Avery Brooks. didn't let me sleep untill i finished it.

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exceptional

exceptional narration to a beautifully written book. A moving account of mankind's struggles , flaws and grit.

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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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  • Gopalakrishna
  • 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.

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  • tru.gough
  • 23-12-12

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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  • Mr. S. M. Murphy
  • 15-03-17

absolutely loved this production.

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-15

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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  • mark
  • 28-08-16

Roots

This is the most powerful book I have read to date, third time reading and it still shocks , surprises and inspires me.
The world we live in is because of the many who suffered and they should never be forgotten .
Great story, great read and a great book

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  • Dwain
  • 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.

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  • Ms. J. E. Watkins
  • 01-04-13

Fantastic

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

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  • Patricia
  • 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.

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  • Dorinda Smith
  • 20-11-20

Awe inspiring book

Completely gripping book. Reading it from a white privileged viewpoint has been so educational. I’m learning how History has deeply affected the current situation and how I must change and become even more supportive of ‘black lives matter’. Very emotional concepts faced. Thank you.

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  • Lynne G
  • 01-11-20

Amazing in every way

What a gripping story. The research and dedication that must have gone into it is phenomenal. I've always wanted to read it, but found the length daunting. Thank you, Audible.

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  • Craftaddict
  • 03-09-20

Amazing

I red this book ages go, seen both Tv series and had a hankering to read it again, but lost my copy so used a credit and listened. Absolutely fabulous, excellent narration, so beautifully read. Enjoyed every word, laughed and cried with the slaves all over again. Horrified anew about how these people and thousands like them were treated. Everyone should read or listen to this.

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  • Natalie
  • 14-08-20

Outstanding on all fronts

I loved this book. I don’t think a book has ever engrossed and moved me as much as this. I wanted to read the book but I just never got the time so decided to buy the audio book. Im so glad I did as the narration and production is just so good. The narrator has a voice for each character and I think it probably made more of an impact on me than had I read the book, as it was like I knew each of the characters themselves. Everyone should read this, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-07-20

Better than the TV series

I had watched a TV series many times and decided to read the book. It's fantastic. I couldn't put this book down!

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  • Geoffrey R. Folland
  • 05-03-19

Excellent reading of a compelling story

The narration was very engaging as different voices were given to different characters through this saga of seven generations. It made the story even more compelling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-18

Enthralling!

Alex Haley has excelled in writing this book! The story is frighteningly the facts that occurred in a bygone era.

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  • Liz Pralica
  • 28-01-18

Totally stuck on Roots. Couldn't put it down!

The narrator was so very easy to listen to. Beautiful spoken and singing voice, he is just so smooth. Fabulous story, fabulous narration.

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  • Marina
  • 21-11-16

Speechless!

Probably the greatest story ever told! Perfectly narrated. Expertly written. A complete saga with an indefinate ending. This book will forever live on.