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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman. 

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery, one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. 

Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi, from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel - the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and, through their lives, the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer. 

©2016 Yaa Gyasi (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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The narrator didn't do the story justice

He didn't bring the story alive. I opted to buy the book and read it and my, it's a great read.

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loved it!

this book is amazing! I'm happy I decided to listen to it and not read it because the narration was so well done. The stories told were heart breaking and the writing beautiful. I'd recommend it to any adult I'll see!

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Feminist reading and trusting your audience

I thought it was a lovely concept, whose execution is far better when read aloud. In terms of story there were a couple of issues:

Firstly, the author at times, particularly towards the end, spells out the purpose of the story, and makes the symbolism too obvious. I wish the author trusted her readers more and allowed us so piece it together.

Secondly, I wish her female protagonists were less conventional and that her interpretation of them was more feminist. Most of their concerns are finding men or with children, something that is a little tired.

However, ultimately it was a lovely read.

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Incredible!

Yaa Gyasi is an incredibly gifted writer and I am so glad that I listened to this book recommended by a dear friend. I’m in awe of how skilfully she handled the difficult subject of slavery and the fullness of the characters she brought forth - I felt as though I knew them, could relate to them and their history by the end of the book.

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Amazing

This was such a beautiful as well as a difficult read.
Yaa Gyasi is an amazing author. I will remember this book forever. Dominic Hoffman’s performance was incredible.

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A Synthesis

"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi is a bit of a let down from an intentive and imaginative author. Well written but terribly narrated. Not as strong as "Washington Black", or different and breathtaking as "Transcendence". Rather, "Homegoing" reads like a synthesis of both books;  starting with Slavery, now set in Cape Coast Castle, going to America where a daughter of Ghanaian parents, and a young man of Ghanaian heritage are brought together by mysterious forces, and return to Ghana together, to come to terms with blessings and challenges of their lineage. 

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A masterpiece

A. MASTERPIECE!!! I have no other words to describe this book. It. Is. A. Masterpiece

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This book gave me purpose

I loved every bit of Yaa's book. As a reader from Kenya, I identified with my history in ways I have never felt before..

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Must read!

One of my favorites. Well researched and written! Highly recommend it. Gives an insight to the beginning of slave trade. Eye opening.

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  • Melanie MacNeill
  • 02-13-17

One of the most beautiful books I've ever read

This novel is a beautifully crafted piece of artwork. A colourful tapestry, encompassing the history of seven generations of two strains of the same family. Each of the 14 chapters tells the story of one member of each generation. The characters are wonderfully rounded even though we only know them for a fairly short time. When we return to the next generation however. We do hear a little more of the previous generation, I. E. The parents of the character in question. The two different branches of the family separate but are finally reunited. I cannot say any more than this without giving it away. I did wonder about the title, and this only became evident at the very end of the book. The theme is slavery down the ages and it's after-effects throughout the generations until the present day. It is heartwarming in parts, tragic in others. A very vibrant story! This is certainly one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. I would highly recommend it.

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  • FEAA
  • 01-08-17

One of the best book I have ever read

Would you listen to Homegoing again? Why?

Yes. It was a fantastic , well thought out and well narrated novel. I felt like I was being read a history lesson on many levels containing both personal and national events. So well written and narrated. A fantastic well executed idea. Made me want to research my history further and take my children to Ghana.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Homegoing?

Without spoiling the book I thought the ending was perfect. Not expected but the only way it could have ended.

Have you listened to any of Dominic Hoffman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No. First but thought he was brilliant and handled most accents with ease.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. The book made me smile and cry.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure this book will become a classic and can't wait for more from the author.

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  • annann
  • 03-23-17

Loved it

Great book. Gripping,moving to the extreme ,full of wonderful characters and beautifully told. You have to read/listen to it.

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  • AnnaJean Hughes
  • 03-09-17

The sins of our fathers

What a book. It is layer upon layer of rich, luscious history, and bone-jarring horror. Yaa Gyasi has spun the most intricate of narratives in this book - a true storyteller.

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  • Yogita
  • 03-02-17

A journey through generations

I absolutely loved the concept of this book. Take two sisters, who are born in two very different circumstances and track their lineage. This story not only takes us through time, but also across different countries. The narrator did a fantastic job of jumping from one accent to another and gave each character its distinctive voice. I kept finding myself tracking back with each chapter to the originating sister, just so I was sure what the relationships were. The story is beautifully told for each character and you get a real sense of the hardships faced by Africans and African Americans. I was totally immersed in that world and was telling everyone I knew to go and get this book, even before I was anywhere near the end.

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  • Suswati
  • 03-05-17

Epic novel spanning seas and generations

A rather melancholic and at times bitterweet listen, describing the journey of one family split into two lineages as a result of colonialism and slavery. It is rather horrific listening to tales of rape and torture, but there is no way of skirting around the issue. What is more telling is the effects that eight generations of brutality has on a modern generation and how easy it is to dismiss today's problems without looking at the context.

Yaa Gyasi has really excelled in bringing the narratives together coherently. An important piece of literature worth putting as part of the school curriculum.

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  • Sigrin
  • 11-03-17

African roots that ground the generation

Wow, what a beautiful book.

This was like the tree roots of the two sister growing up through the trunk and branches of the subsequent generations each telling their own individual stories.

I will give no spoilers, as it’s a truly remarkable book that needs to be heard and savoured.

This book is the beauty of audible, the narrator who can immerse me in the psyche of these African and Afro-American people. Full praise goes to Dominic Hoffman who breathes life into these extraordinary people.

Listen and enjoy.

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  • Kindle Customer Patricia TAYLOR
  • 03-12-17

Home going

I really loved this book,it was a wonderful insight into other peoples lives,i didnt want the story to end but it did abrupty which i found a bit dissapointing The narration by Dominic Hoffman was excellent.

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  • katie
  • 11-10-17

loved it

This is the first book everyone in my book club loved . Strongly reccomended this book.

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  • Kekashowanso
  • 01-24-17

Beautifully woven- Don't Miss It!!

Where does Homegoing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far the most touching story I have read yet. I have learned something on slave trade first hand and how it affected generations of lives across continents.

What did you like best about this story?

How beautifully woven it is. Not easy writing across so many generations. All the changes one goes through with the characters.

What does Dominic Hoffman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nothing really. I mostly like reading but for an Oyinbo he tried shah. He must be commended for reading the parts of the Fante, Ashante, Twi languages.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me sad, and other times I cried and was frustrated in equal measure.

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  • Carol
  • 01-30-19

Great story - a little long

This is a great story, if not a little too long. I could not finish it, though I'm keen to know how the story ends.

My interest was held until the novel shifts to characters in the USA, after that I had difficulty listening to the telling of man's inhumanity to man.

The narration is superb - though I did not finish this title, I would certainly recommend it.

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  • Kelly Roper
  • 03-22-18

Annoying!

This story was all over the place! Confusing and disjointed. Constantly jumping from one story to another.

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  • Ellen
  • 10-07-21

Brilliant and heartbreaking

A real lesson in generational trauma. It’s very clever and engrossing and absolutely heartbreaking. I think the ending was a little cliched but I understand why it was necessary to tie everything together. A great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-21

Beautiful and powerful

Beautifully written. Yaa Gyasi is a powerful story teller. I throughly enjoyed this novel and it will stay with me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-21

A journey through time and struggle

The fascinating historical fiction book. I like have a book required me to pay Close attention to each detail. It really engage my mind as I was listening along. Hi love have the Author wrote individual passages for each character from an over all family tree

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-21

Great Story

Loved every minute of this story going through the generations of a very difficult history

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  • Kate Barry-PIceno
  • 11-01-20

Brilliant , haunting, beautiful

Wonderful novel, interwoven families , history and fiction merged into one. Amazing novel that is all the more imperative and compelling in the year of Black lives Matter movement

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  • danielle chubb
  • 10-29-20

Incredible

This is a gripping and important story. and in terms of the audiobook experience... I have been raving to everyone I can about this narrator. I've never heard anything like it. Slipping between dialects and accents completely seamlessly. I'm hooked.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-20

narration

I enjoyed immensely but I would prefer to have a woman as a narrator though.

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  • Sally RW
  • 02-28-20

Fantastic Narration

An engrossing family tree of a story. The narrator is amazing & adds so much to each snippet of each life. Really well constructed & well performed :)