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Alex Haley / Avery Brooks
Audie Award Winner Non-fiction 2008 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 12 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 freedmen farmers and lawyers an architect teacher and one acclaimed author - descended from Kunta Kinte.

  • Published by Random House UK
  • Fiction/Non-FictionFiction
  • Genre Classic
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 20th October 2011
  • Duration 30 Hrs. 05 Mins.
  • ISBN 0000000110285