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The Color Purple

Narrated by: Alice Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Summary

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 as an audiobook

Utterly beautiful and poignant - two weeks after finishing this it is still haunting me. One of the few books which is made even better by being listened to - Alice Walker's narration gave a perspective I simply would not have had without the character voices and accents.

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Simply outstanding


This is up there in my top ten books of all time.

I very rarely read or listen to a book twice as there are too many books and too little time. However seeing as it was at least 20 years ago since I last read and enjoyed it. I decided to give this a go on audible.

The narration by the author bought so much more to this book than the written word.

It is a simply outstanding book. I can not praise Alice Walkers exquisite delivery of her exceptional book enough.

Thoroughly recommend.

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good solid listen

well read, well written and interesting to listen to. could relate to the chatacters and found them to be very believable, as well as the situations presented. hard not to believe this wasn't based on true life

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  • Jo
  • 21-12-19

Incredible, moving book

This is obviously a dark and often tragic story, but that doesn't mean it's not hugely compelling. I had read as a teenager but the audiobook is incredible and let's you really get Celie's voice and story

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Amazing story tail of love, loss and fighting spirit and brilliantly read by author. I laughed and cried.

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So sad, so amazing, so life affirming

This is a genius piece of work. It grabs you by the heart strings from the start; throttles your spinal cord as it digs into your brain and then lovingly leaves you ponder life and all its imperfections for days and weeks afterwards. So happy I listened - can't wait to see the movie again now that I have spent these 8 hours with Alice.

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Great!

This made the book come alive. Great reading by the author herself. Would recommend to all interested.

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Gorgeous, but challenging

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A beautiful book, Celie is a compelling character and the depth of her relationships and her approach to the world are soothing.

Alice Walker is also a wonderful narrator, and I am very glad to have heard her read this book.

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amazing book

I love the book but felt the author lacked the emotion this book needed when read

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The colour purple

Absolutely enjoyed listening to this story would definitely recommend. I enjoyed it so much I could listen to again.

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  • Ms. Blacq
  • 13-10-19

way better than the movie

I read this book as a girl and so much went over my head. now as an matured woman I caught it all, I think... I'll read again in 20 years to see what i missed this go around. best book I've ever read.

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  • Precious Honey
  • 09-01-19

In depth

having only ever seen the movie it was nice to have a more in-depth fleshed-out look at all of the characters things that are hinted at in the movie play all the way out in the book very much worth the credit

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-19

spectacular

The narration itself itself is remarkable. Lyrical, subtle and warm. The characters seem full and on the blind cusp of their own unfolding experiences.
Sectacular story as well as audio production.

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  • Melissa Hurwitz
  • 05-08-19

Amazing. Fortifying. Beautiful.

How did I wait so long to read this? Much more uplifting than I could ever expect.

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  • Zelda
  • 13-02-19

what the heart wants

saw the movie years ago but as usual the movie left out some pretty important details.

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  • Patti
  • 10-05-19

what an amazing story, its an emotional love story

A true love story about how deeply we love the people in our life. the authors narration was perfect!

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  • Ashley N. Martin
  • 11-09-19

Absolutely WONDERFUL!!

Listening to the book gives you so much more insight than the movie! Never thought I would say this, I'd rather read the book than look at the movie!!!

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  • Sharon D. Eicher
  • 25-08-19

Raw Transparency

Narrated by the author, this story felt like I was part of an intimate setting with a friend who told of the journey of her life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-05-19

Love this book

In beginning it was a heavy book to read but I stuck by it and I'm glad I did. This book is beautiful and tells an amazing story. I now understand why this book is to popular and was made into a musical. I can not recommend this book enough.

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  • Il-Jung Kim
  • 28-05-20

A story of hope read by the author herself

We still live in the world of discrimination, and the story, after all these years, gives us something to think about. How should we conduct our lives? How should we make of the things happen in our lives? What should we live for and why?

I love Walker’s voice. For the moment, she becomes the heroines whom she created, and without knowing, we become a part of the story.