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The Color Purple

Narrated by: Alice Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)
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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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  • 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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 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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  • 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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  • Mrs. Pierre Louis
  • 12-04-19

Great Story

Always loved the movie the book is even better. Bitter sweet story. Give it a try and then watch the movie if you haven't already.

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  • Happy
  • 11-04-19

Good read

Had always wanted to experience this book. it was a little different, but overall a good book. Happy it ended the way it did.

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  • Looloo's mom
  • 06-04-19

Narrator rocks!!!!

How fortunate to have such an excellent piece of art in an audiobook narrated by such an excellent artist, poet and author, Alice Walker!
Normally I hesitate to buy audiobooks read by authors of the same. But hearing Alice Walker’s voice bringing her characters to life and experiencing her own interpretation of their words and their meaning makes this audiobook her very own.
I’ve seen the movie several times and loved it. I read the book several years ago and loved it. But hearing it Walker’s book now and of course having Whoopi Goldberg’s face, along with the other charactes’ faces in mind while listening, was such a pleasure. It brought much more depth to each character and meaning to their relationships. I know I’ll go back to listen to this audiobook again.

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  • Denisha Merriweather
  • 22-03-19

just beautiful

I've seen the movie, the Broadway play, and now read the book! I love this novel in all it's forms. just beautiful!

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  • Mariah
  • 22-03-19

a little different from the movie but I like it .

the story have much more depth to Ceily's mentality and thought process that made her more relatable. it's so sad how black women suffered soo much from society .

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21-03-19

SIMPLEMENTE MAGNÍFICO

Es una obra llena de pasión, de personajes que se meten en tu corazón...
Cada parte del libro parece que la estás viviendo.

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  • Paula
  • 17-03-19

uncomfortably honest and genuine

This story has so many parts that parallel my white grandmother's life. It is well thought out and writen, not just pulp fiction. I listened to it all in one sitting because it was so resonant and meaningful to me, and the best audio books are always the ones read by the author. No one else could have done this one justice. It must have been so hard to write.