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The Giver of Stars

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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'Alice had come halfway across the world to find that, yet again, she was considered wanting. Well, she thought, if that was what everyone thought, she might as well live up to it.'

England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright - restless, stifled - makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett Van Cleve and leave her home and family behind.

But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure - or the escape - that she hoped for.

That is, until she meets Margery O'Hare, a troublesome woman - and daughter of a notorious felon - the town wishes to forget.

Margery's on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading to the poor and lost - and she needs Alice's help.

Trekking alone under big open skies, through wild mountain forests, Alice, Margery and their fellow sisters of the trail discover freedom, friendship - and a life to call their own.

But when Baileyville turns against them, will their belief in one another - and the power of the written word - be enough to save them? 

Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Giver of Stars features five incredible women who will prove to be every bit as beloved as Lou Clark, the unforgettable heroine of Me Before You. 

©2019 Jojo Moyes (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • SusanE
  • 08-10-2019

Another fantastic read by Jojo Moyes

Loved this book! Quite different from her other books but full of great characters and at the heart of it strong female characters
Narration was great but found the english voice occasionally slightly jarring
Highly recommend, it’s going to take me a while to find a book I enjoy listening to as much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-2019

Great listen<br />

Loved it! Really enjoyed this book and want more please! Highly recommend it to all

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  • J. M. Jordan
  • 10-10-2019

Beautiful story

This is a wonderful story. I loved this book. The characters, the setting, the subjects. It’s very inspiring and I hope there really was a packhorse library!

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  • Christopher Pryce
  • 03-10-2019

Terrible performance

Couldn’t deal with the readers voice!! Very disappointed. Been looking for listening to the book for a while.

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  • Polly
  • 15-10-2019

Loved it

Simply wonderful, I didnt want it to end.
Loved the characters and they were so visible to me by the the very talented narrator.

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  • KatieG
  • 15-10-2019

Really interesting theme and beautifully read

I listened because it was a new Jojo Moyes and I love her stories but what a gorgeously different tale she tells this time. The ladies of the Packhorse Library quickly became people I could picture and relate too. Such a strong bunch of female characters. The setting and era are so well described and I'm off to find out more about both after being drawn the Kentucky mountains.
As for the narrator, I thought her voices were perfect for the book.

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  • angela
  • 14-10-2019

Jo Jo does it again!

Thoroughly enjoyed this listen it was just what I needed to get me out of my current life and get me me into another world! This book did not disappoint me and in no time at all I had listened to it. Enjoyed it so much I'm going to have to listen to it all over again!

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  • Diane H. Smith
  • 12-10-2019

Fabulous book

I have never yet been disappointed by a Jojo Moyes book and this was no exception. A really interesting subject and a lovely story crafted around it. I have learnt so much reading her books and disappeared for blissful hours into other worlds. Highly recommended.

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  • karen
  • 10-10-2019

Yawn

So boring! I tried to bare with it but I just couldn’t get excited about this book. I really felt it would be good but if it is it’s too hard work to find out.

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