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The Color Purple Audiobook

The Color Purple

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Publisher's Summary

As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life.

©1982 Alice Walker (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC

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    Pamela 14/11/2016
    Pamela 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this and am planning to listen to it again"

    Beautifully crafted book showing artless, genuine, fabulously real, intellectual, understanding and forgiving people. Above all I cried and cheered with happiness at the end. So much better than the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DeD Australia 01/10/2016
    DeD Australia 01/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "What an incredible story!"

    There are books that you know you are supposed to read, but you don't know why. This was one for me. I put it off for such a long time, then finally decided to give it a go. I could always return it if it was bad. It was incredible. I feel like I was asleep before I read this book, and my eyes have only just opened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marina 27/09/2016
    Marina 27/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional"
    What made the experience of listening to The Color Purple the most enjoyable?

    The story, the narration, everything!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Color Purple?

    Celie's emergence as her own woman


    What about Alice Walker’s performance did you like?

    Loved it!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The rise of the downtrodden slave girl!


    Any additional comments?

    5 star listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Juanita
    27/01/15
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have listened to other books with similar themes but find this very disappointing.


    What could Alice Walker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Perhaps a different narrator would provide better expression than the author did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    Hunters Hill, Australia
    2/04/12
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    "Very moving"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Color Purple to be better than the print version?

    This is one of those audiobooks that was a joy to listen to. I can't imagine that Alice Walker's words on the page could match those same words straight from her heart.


    What does Alice Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Staggering emotion. Lovely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Elwood, Australia
    26/03/12
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    "More than the movie - read by the Author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Color Purple to be better than the print version?

    Yes you get the voice of the auithor Alice Walker and a better idea about how the slang is pronouced and its effect and emphaisis.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alice Walker? Why or why not?

    Did she write any others?


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  • Cross Stitcher
    NR. HALESWORTH,, United Kingdom
    8/04/13
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    "Delightful"

    Before 'The Help' there was The Color Purple. A book that will stay with you for a long time. It is made far more meaningful as it is beautifully narrated by the author, so you know that the spoken nuances and inflections are exactly what Alice Walker wanted to convey. In her acknowledgements, she thanks the characters of the book for coming, and that is how the book develops, the characters, telling their interweaving stories of hopes, heartaches, love, rejection and destiny. Delightful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Charlott
    Halmstad, Sweden
    24/04/15
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    "I loved it!"

    It was much better than I've expected! The narration gave the whole thing such great depth.

    I sort of held my breath towards the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    22/09/16
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    "Beautiful "

    Beautifully written. Beautifully read. To be taken to a time and place and given an insight that most couldnt possibly understand. A Total classic.

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  • V. Shewell
    20/08/16
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    "Captivated by story & narration"

    Definitely recommend this especially if having a good narrator is important to you. Beautifully and sincerely read by the author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carole
    11/08/16
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    "Still amazing"

    I read this book many years ago and almost didn't buy it, but I'm so glad I did. Still moving, still inspiring story with captivating narration by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie Tomms
    Co.Down, Northern Ireland
    9/08/16
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    "A classic"

    We were heading to NYC and had booked tickets for a musical version of The Color Purple on Broadway so I thought I'd read the book first.
    Miss Celie tells her story, which moves along quickly, and through her eyes the characters are brought to life. It is brilliantly narrated and is the sort of book that lives with you long after it is finished. It is a story of a harsh life but it is not without humour or beauty.

    The musical is fantastic, too, by the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqui Hastings
    27/07/16
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    "Still Great !!!"

    A polished performance of this astonishing tale. Great story. I read this book over 10 years ago and it's just as good today as it was then. loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sueatonk
    17/07/16
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    "How have I never read this before?"

    I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks. What an amazing book. As the story was drawing to a close I was willing it not to end. I've never wanted a book not to end so much. My only regret is I didn't discover this book before. Now I have to watch the film.

    I also love it because it's narrated by the author so you know you are hearing it as she intended it to be read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    30/04/16
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    "A sad but amazing story"

    I have seen the film colour purple and that is what inspired me to listen to this book. It wasn't what I expected. But it was very moving and sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    19/03/16
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    "A most wonderful book"

    All I want to say about this book is that it is absolutely wonderful. Narrated by Alice Walker herself! I wish I had bought it sooner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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