|Book of Negroes by another name|
In the US, the book was marketed under the title Someone Knows My Name, which is title of the audiobook. Confusing but they are the same book. You can buy it from various places including ITunes.
The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill, is compelling historical fiction, full of rich detail, dialogue and a gripping plot. It's set in the time of the slave trade from the perspective of a woman captured and brought to America to work on a plantation.
The trials of the characters are many, as you would imagine, given the context. But this book is not one that you have to go into thinking that it's like taking your vitamins. It is entertaining, it's a page-turner, er, what's the audiobook equivalent? "earbud-sticker"? "Ipod drainer"?
The critics like it, too:
"The Book of Negroes is a masterpiece, daring and impressive in its geographic, historical and human reach, convincing in its narrative art and detail, necessary for imagining the real beyond the traces left by history." -- The Globe and Mail
"Stunning, wrenching and inspiring...Hill's book is a harrowing, breathtaking tour de force." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
|Reader: Adenrele Ojo|
Not so with Ojo. When she reads it feels like you are being told a story. Ojo also manages to inject nice subtle accents and shifts in speaking style for different characters--without, however, being too heavy handed. It's subtle and effective. Never once was I lost or wondering who was talking. I was also not thinking about the reader -- I felt in the book. Exactly how it should be.