Roots by Alex Haley audiobook

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

By Alex Haley
Introduction by Michael Eric Dyson
Read by Avery Brooks

Blackstone Publishing
30.07 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • Regular Price: $44.95

    Special Price $29.22

    ISBN: 9781482962031

    Free shipping on orders over $35Usually Ships within 2-3 days
  • Regular Price: $44.95

    Special Price $29.22

    ISBN: 9781482962048

    Free shipping on orders over $35Usually Ships within 2-3 days

It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree. When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called "the African" who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of "the African"—Kunta Kinte—as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767. Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people—slaves and freemen, farmers and lawyers, an architect, a teacher—and one acclaimed author—who descended from Kunta Kinte.

Learn More

Summary

Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Special Award

A #1 New York Times bestseller

Awarded a National Book Award Special Citation of Merit

Winner of the 2008 Audie Award for Nonfiction

Winner of the 2007 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called "the African" who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of "the African"—Kunta Kinte—as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767. Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people—slaves and freemen, farmers and lawyers, an architect, a teacher—and one acclaimed author—who descended from Kunta Kinte.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Groundbreaking.” Associated Press
“A gripping mixture of urban confessional and political manifesto, it not only inspired a generation of black activists but drove home the bitter realities of racism to a mainstream white liberal audience.” Observer (London)
“This book is an act of love, and it is this which makes it haunting.”  New York Times
“A Pulitzer Prize–winning story about the family ancestry of author Alex Haley…[and] a symbolic chronicle of the odyssey of African Americans from the continent of Africa to a land not of their choosing.” Washington Post
“Brooks’ rich, deep baritone brings a deliberate, dignified, at times almost reverential interpretation to his reading, but never so reserved as to forget that at its heart this is a story about people and family.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Being the consummate actor, Brooks has immersed himself into the role of narrator. In fact, it is difficult to describe what Avery Brooks does in this audiobook. He neither narrates nor performs, rather, he conjures. He brings the plethora of characters to life as memory, as history, as the pawns of diaspora. His narration begins in reverential tones as an homage to a literary masterwork, yet he ends it as a roar against racism.” AudioFile
“[Brooks’] powerful baritone voice is…evocative, scholarly, and descriptive. Library Journal (audio review)

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Alex Haley

Author Bio: Alex Haley

Alex Haley (1921–1992) is the author of Roots, one of the most celebrated novels of the 1970s. He spent twenty years in the Coast Guard until beginning his writing career working for a range of magazines before becoming a ghostwriter for his first major book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Haley spent years tracing his own family history and decided it went back to a single African man, Kunta Kinte, who was captured in Gambia and taken to the United States as a slave. That research led to Haley’s epic book Roots, published in 1976 to wide acclaim. Haley is credited with inspiring interest in genealogy among African Americans. 

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 30.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English