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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Hill Narrator: Adenrele Ojo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781415945926
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Aminata Diallo (“an amazing literary creation,” Literary Review of Canada) is the beguil­ing heroine of Lawrence Hill’s SOMEONE KNOWS MY NAME. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an eighteenth-century woman’s life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kid­napping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

Enslaved on a South Carolina plantation, Aminata works in the indigo fields and as a mid­wife. When she is bought by an entrepreneur from Charleston, she is torn from friends and family. The chaos of the Revolutionary War allows her to escape. In British-held Manhattan, she helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for wartime service to the King with safe passage to Nova Scotia. During her travels in Canada, Sierra Leone, and England, Aminata strives for her free­dom and that of her people–even when it comes at a price.

In this captivating novel, Hill portrays one woman’s remarkable spirit and strength in the face of adversity, and he brings to life crucial and little-known chapters in world history. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Hughes | 2/16/2014

    " Also known as the "book of negroes" - awesome, super book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri Halio | 2/16/2014

    " Wonderfully written and an compelling story of the slave trade - the horrors of how a strong woman was stolen, brutalized and survived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harmke | 2/7/2014

    " Prettig geschreven en aangrijpend boek. Het Negerboek is het levensverhaal van Aminata Diallo, halverwege de 18e eeuw geboren in Afrika. Vooral het eerste deel van het boek is erg aangrijpend geschreven. Daarna dreigt het wat te gaan kabbelen, maar net op tijd komt er weer wat schwung in het verhaal. Ondanks het heftige thema (slavernij) leest het boek lekker weg. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Guest | 2/7/2014

    " I read this book on the long car ride home. I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint! I would actually give it a 4.5 stars. very different from my romantic love stories that I have been reading, but I really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/30/2014

    " I thought it was a good book but the main character was to perfect, to "powerful", she didn't react like a normal person would have. She was a Mary Sue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Wild | 1/29/2014

    " Fantastic about 80%of the way through and then just seems to peter out a little at the end ... Seemed like the historical record got a little thinner or something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/11/2014

    " This book has the wrong name. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/10/2014

    " Thought this fictional story of a former slave, kidnapped from Africa as a child, becoming a free person, was well written and compelling. Really kept me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Markianne | 1/8/2014

    " I found this book to be an incredible tale of the atrocities associated with slavery. The author creates a commendable heroine and tells so much more of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norrie | 12/31/2013

    " WOW- what an incredible story of a girl in Africa who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. She is now an old woman and tells her life story. The story of the burtality is vivid and so well told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 12/31/2013

    " I was interested in the story from the first page! The author packed a lot into the pages of this book. It touched on an aspect of slavery that I was not very familiar with--that of the British and Canada and their role in the US and in Africa. This is definitely a book worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Girisha | 12/16/2013

    " This book didn't really capture my heart the way I thought it would. At one point I nearly gave up reading it because the author goes into very extensive details about his narrative. Overall a good book to read if you like to learn about how the white people treated the blacks in the 1700-1800... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zakiyya | 12/5/2013

    " everyone has to read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 8/13/2013

    " i loved this book even though it gave me nightmares for weeks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 6/29/2013

    " I wish there were 1/2 stars--this should be 4.5 at least. Meticulous research, very educational and enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 4/4/2013

    " I began bawling in the last chapter of the book because I was so devastated the story would soon be ending, it was that God. Mr. Hill writes from a woman's perspective on subjects like childbirth and motherhood with eerie precision. Aminata Diallo has a name. Remember it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Marie Miller | 4/1/2013

    " Wow... I was capativated. Heart wrenching, yet so truthful in regards of documented history. I grew old with her. The end was a bit, "long", but I still LOVED it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Name Laurie | 1/4/2013

    " This book is disturbing because of the subject matter (slavery) but it's such a good book and such a learning experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 9/24/2012

    " Thoroughly engrossing and wonderful story. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cher | 8/8/2012

    " Written as though the main character is an old friend telling you her story - really enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linley | 7/8/2012

    " I absolutely loved this book. It would have to be one of the best books I have ever read. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 6/3/2012

    " This is the best book I've read in a long time - a wonderful Book Club pick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/11/2012

    " It was interesting to read historical fiction from the viewpoint of a young black girl taken as a slave from Africa and living through the Revolutionary War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Carter | 1/6/2012

    " By far one of the most moving, touching, and amazing books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaybee | 12/10/2011

    " Interesting read. Enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Anne | 9/19/2011

    " Beautiful telling of a horrendous story. Learned a great deal. Didn't want to put it down and was sad when it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cdenning5 | 5/22/2011

    " gives yet another perspective on the loss of self during slavery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/22/2011

    " I think the story was interesting but I did not believe the character. I am prepared to accept that may due to failure of my imagination, but it prevented me from really engaging with this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 leah | 5/22/2011

    " the story was amazing, the voice was amazing, the feeling like you were there was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gio | 5/17/2011

    " Any language for me is a second language, that's why I prefer books you don't have to fight through. The book of negroes is one of those books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen40000 | 5/12/2011

    " What and awesome Book. This story is well written, I was so happy to read a book based on a very intelligent female character . I could not put this book down. This story of love, and endurance is one for the ages. I think every women should read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 5/10/2011

    " I liked this book but couldn't stop comparing it unfavourably to 'Roots' by A Haley. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 5/9/2011

    " What we don't want to have to think about but we need to know and understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/6/2011

    " Great book - really dove into some of the true circumstances surrounding slavery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/3/2011

    " disturbing, but an amazing story of a woman in the 1700's from Africa and her life after "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/3/2011

    " This was a good read...from start to finish. An eye-opener for what life was really like for the slaves and a good insight into the slave trade that we unfortunately still support. I highly recommend this book.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 5/2/2011

    " Enjoyed this one - very moving and based on facts so full of history that I didn't know about before. Very difficult to put down and definitely recommended for anyone interested in the history of slavery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 5/1/2011

    " One of the best books I've read this year! "

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About the Author
Author Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill is the author of the novels Someone Knows My Name, Any Known Blood, and Some Great Thing, his widely praised first novel. He is also the author of the nonfiction work The Deserter’s Tale, with Joshua Key. He lives in Ontario, Canada.

About the Narrator

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She made her onscreen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. She works as the general manager of Tupu Kweli Theatre Company in New York.