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  • Written by: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Roots

Written by: Alex Haley
Narrated by: Avery Brooks
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Publisher's 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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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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an adventure, a survival

this was a great history lesson informing about the black slavery in 1700s in America. portions on the book brought tears and the strength by which people endured the hardships was just amazing. a must read.

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HEART WRENCHING STORY

I read ROOTS long back, probably 20 years ago, but it is a powerful story and was as mesmerising and heart wrenching as when I first read it. Man's cruelty to their fellow beings is just unbelievable.

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Outstanding book and narration

What a phenomenal story and research. a must read for everyone. Moreover made even more interesting with the stupendous audio naration!! The best audio book I've listened to

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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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  • BigTymer2047
  • 01-02-23

Outstanding.

This was my third time listening to this book and every time gets better. So much emotion in the hardships and the happiness. Wonderful work.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Villa Girl
  • 26-07-18

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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  • 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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  • Suzy
  • 01-02-18

Intensive family saga

I remember Roots as a TV drama. This book is the story upon which that was based. We start with a boy in his village, in Africa and follow in detail his life. Whilst this wasn't the dramatic start I expected, what the author did was to show ordinary life for the boy. Later when his life changes I better appreciated how different things were for him. Although at the time I felt this section was overly long. The story then continues chronologically through 7 generations from when the boy is forced to leave his village for a life of slavery. At times I found it hard to settle into a new section as we left behind characters and followed the next generation. Also I felt if this was written today, it would have a different structure with flashbacks and other techniques. However the story is interesting and engaging. The narrator has a serious tone and clear voice throughout. I cannot comment on the pronunciation of the African names but he offered consistency. It was 30 hours well spent and a book I recommend.

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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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  • Elle
  • 18-11-22

Well worth the listen.

I am so glad, this book was available to hear as an audible version. Excellent.

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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.