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  • By: Alice Walker
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  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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The Color Purple

By: Alice Walker
Narrated by: Alice Walker
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.

In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning 20 years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all

The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award-nominated film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation) and remains a wrenching - yet intensely uplifting - experience for new generations of listeners.

©1982 Alice Walker (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Even better than the Movie

Wow I absolutely love the movie Colour Purple and have watched it many many times. But this book was fantastic and said the real story. Please read xx

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Timeless

Such a fantastic novel and the narrator wasn’t wasted on this. I enjoyed every inch of listening to her and the journey of each character. Could not recommend this enough.

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Love that the author narrates

Beautiful story. Highly recommend. So lovely to hear the author narrate. Feel like I lived this journey too.

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A wonderful tale of how to live

I read this book many years ago and loved it, but had forgotten much of the story. To listen to the author Alice Walker read her own work, and share this story of love and kiss and pain and suffering and enduring and surging, and in being happy is a true delight. It transforms and uplifts you.

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Favourite audiobook all-time

Please look online to see what the story is about. My review is for the audiobook performance by the books author Alice Walker.
It was hard for me to give voice to these characters in my own mind but with Alice’s voice they come alive and the beauty, the truth and the purity of her words are revealed.
In my opinion this is a masterpiece and ultimately a valuable and rewarding experience for any human being.

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Immersive

Alice took us right into the experience without rancour. Not overdone. Just perfect. The movie was great, The book better. Thank you Alice.

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Beautiful

Oh my goodness. What a truly beautiful and amazing book. I have always loved the movie, and was thrilled that the movie had followed the book so faithfully. But to hear it, read by the author was a truly moving experience.

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Great Book

Love the narration absolutely brilliant, great book as well apart from the letter bit, seems to drag on at times.

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Stunning...

A beautiful tale of a spiritual journey.... beautifully read and leaves you wanting more. I loved it. ❤️ Now to watch the movie 😀

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Loved it

Couldn’t put this book down. The love the 2 sisters Maintained for each other throughout the years was so heartwarming. They both endured so much in their lives and I was happy they finally came together again.

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