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The Giver of Stars

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (146 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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Magnificent story with spellbinding narrator

You know you've thoroughly enjoyed an audio-book when you want to listen to it all over again straight away. Every moment of this audio-book is a joy. What a triumph of a story. So interesting and all the characters are fantastically portrayed in words and voice. I highly recommend it!

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glorious!

JM at her best. I'm bereft after finishing it. I miss all my new Kentucky librarian friends.

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Very different Jojo Moyes but very good

Took a while to get into this but loved it. Such a different style.

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So Great!

This book is so good, I just had to write my first ever review. I loved the plot, all the characters and it is beautifully performed. I have never read Jojo Moyes and will certainly be reading more. Now I want to go to the Kentucky Mountains.

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great book

I loved it. wonderful characters. interesting history. suspenseful storyline. another great story by Jo Jo

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@reesesbookclub November read.

It’s brilliant!
The 1st time reading a book club book & listened to it within 48hrs!
Highly recommend.

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Joyful

What a wonderful book. I really enjoyed the strong women characters and they story. What a wonderful book.

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A real surprise.

I had bought this audio book without reading the write up as I loved Me before you and the rest. So when it begins, set in the early 20th century ( read in with an American accent no less ) I was perturbed.
“Oh well, I’ve bought it now- May as well hear it out” I thought......
20 minutes later and I was hooked. The warmth of the women, the unlikely friendships that develop and the vivid painting of mountains- it carried me away to a time and place I didn’t want to leave.
I genuinely loved this book and the fact it’s based around a true story made me love it even more.

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A beautiful, easy read.

Jo Jo Moyes is a wonderful storyteller and delivers another gem with this book. Loved it

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  • Sharon de Wilzen
  • 06-12-2019

Beautiful story

Lovely story beautifully read. Such memorable characters. The audible was so engaging that I wonder if reading the book would be as captivating

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  • Wendy
  • 06-12-2019

A wonderful book

I liked it so much. The characters were interesting and the relationships intriguing. Plenty of suspense. I could have given it 6 stars!

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  • ShelleySkudowitz
  • 17-11-2019

Thank you Jojo Moyer

I couldn’t stop listening. It was beautifully written and
narrated. I cried, I smiled ( a lot) and was entranced by the friendships and countryside.

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  • Sadiyah Patel
  • 15-11-2019

Excellent read

Excellent read narrated beautifully. Evoked such a mixture of emotion, laughter, tears, sadness, anxiousness and happiness. Beautiful story, fantastic piece of literature!

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  • Gs Bruce
  • 11-11-2019

I loved everything about this book

This book has it all - strong, interesting, well-defined characters and an epic story line. All this is brought to life in a beautiful performance by Julia Whelan. I loved every line and couldn't stop listening. The Pack Horse library revolutionised the lives of so many in Kentucky and I thank the author for making us aware of their incredible bravery and achievement.

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  • Barbara Stilwell
  • 10-11-2019

A must have, must read book

From the first to the last word this is a gripping, intriguing and "can't put the book down" story. I loved it. The narrator was stunning; drawing you into the intrigue. Wonderful. Don't miss this book.

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  • Keron
  • 29-10-2019

Riveting!

What a fabulous story!!! Loved it from start to finish. An interesting bunch of characters with many twists and turns in the plot. Includes the operation & establishment of Elinor Roosevelt’s rural pack horse library in Kentucky. What amazing women! Proving my life’s motto - where there’s a woman - there’s a way!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-2019

Well-enjoyed!

Excellently narrated, authentic, ultimately tender story! Thoroughly enjoyed it despite it being quite different to the author's previous books. I think it shows her versatility beautifully!

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  • J. M. Tipping
  • 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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  • 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
  • 15-11-2019

Narrator doesn't do it justice

This is a gripping story which is quite different to the books I usually read.
I enjoyed the story but the narrator didn't do it justice, in my opinion.
There are a number of songs in the story and the narrator chose to read the lyrics rather than sing them. It meant the impact of the songs is lost from the scene.
Also couldn't always differentiate the male voices so had to rewind and check who was speaking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2019

Enjoyable second half

The first third of the book I found a bit slow going. However, by the end I felt connected with the characters and cared about what happened to them. English accent is a bit dodgy!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-11-2019

Incredible!

After being unsure of this book for the first chapter, I quickly became hooked! The storyline is very different to what I expected but I loved every second of it and I’ll be waiting impatiently for the next book by Jojo Moyes.

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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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  • Jo Rodrigues
  • 23-11-2019

Best Jojo Moyes ever!

I loved this book - different from her others but fantastic when you get into it. Characters came alive and great plot twists.

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  • S R
  • 18-10-2019

Worst narration I’ve listened to. Couldn’t listen beyond chapter 1!

Worst narration I’ve listened to. Couldn’t listen beyond chapter 1!
Would not recommend this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-2019

Fabulous listen on journeys to work

This is not my usual book/ genre but I ended up loving this book! I think the narration was great and easy to listen to. Overall fabulous listen.

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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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