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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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    Cross Stitcher NR. HALESWORTH,, United Kingdom 08/04/2013
    Cross Stitcher NR. HALESWORTH,, United Kingdom 08/04/2013 Member Since 2009
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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
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    Charlott Halmstad, Sweden 24/04/2015
    Charlott Halmstad, Sweden 24/04/2015 Member Since 2012

    Holistic Health Coach and Teacher

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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
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    Mrs K Grantham, United Kingdom 24/05/2014
    Mrs K Grantham, United Kingdom 24/05/2014
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    "Dissapointing"

    The Narrator who I believe is the author should stick to writing, she completely switched me off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pat taylor 15/02/2017
    pat taylor 15/02/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "colour. purple"

    fabulouse story couldnt put this book down,wonderful characters,narrated by the author with great human feeling.patricia

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    jason moore 09/02/2017
    jason moore 09/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth persevering with. A good read."

    I had been curious about this story for a long time. I have never seen the film either so wasn't entirely sure what it was about. The era in which the story begins fascinates me and I wasn't disappointed. I felt I had been transported back in time. I did struggle with the language at times but it didn't put me off. I also found it hard to figure how much time had passed in between each of Celies letters. a very emotional story and at times quite heart wrenching. I thoroughly enjoyed it and now will probably watch the film. I have learned alot from this story that will stay with for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oldburkie 11/01/2017
    Oldburkie 11/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Plays with your emotions throughout"

    From the start of her journey you are with Celia all the way. Being black and female meant she suffered from racism and sexism of the worst kind. Abusive husband,loving sister great friend Shug. Despite everything that happens to her she shows resilience and a capacity to forgive and move on, travelling full circle. Great story. Very enjoyable.

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    P A Youngs 11/12/2016
    P A Youngs 11/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    Harrowing, touching, traumatic in places and spell binding. Go for it, it comes recommend from me!

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    sarah 22/09/2016
    sarah 22/09/2016
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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 20/08/2016
    V. Shewell 20/08/2016
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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

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    Carole 11/08/2016
    Carole 11/08/2016
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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.

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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
    02/04/12
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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?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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