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The Color Purple

Narrated by: Samira Wiley
Series: Color Purple, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 7 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, Sofia, 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 Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the ground-breaking 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)2020 Audible, Inc.

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wonderful and inspirational.

What a beautiful story and the performance by the narrator was brilliant. So thought provoking!

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Outstanding

I’ve seen the film. Which quite rightly is superb. The acting first class and staging perfect.
But the book is so much more. The depth of storytelling cannot be surpassed. The evolution of the characters is sympathetic and the depth of emotion sometimes unbearable. It seems hard to imagine that such a great story, with themes so relevant to our time, that was portrayed so beautifully in film and acted by people of the highest calibre could ever be improved upon. But Samira Wiley has done just that with her reading of this novel. Outstanding.

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There are just not enough stars

Expertly read, the characters were brought to life, amazing book, beautifully written loved it throughout.

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Beautifully Written and Performed!

What a gripping, emotional and thought-provoking story. Samira Wiley's performance is outstanding! Very well done!

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Heart wrenching.

How I wish that I had read this book years ago. So beautiful, so sad , so full of feeling and inspiration. Still as relevant today as in 1982.
Samira Walker brings this book alive.

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A rivetting listen.

A fabulous story totally gripped from the beginning with a lovely ending. Excellently narrated. Highly recommended.

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BRILLIANT!!!

not only was the book better than the film, and the film was brilliant, Samira Wiley made the book come alive. she is an excellent narrator and I look forward to hearing from her again. A***********

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loved this

an epic story performed brilliantly , made me cry at the end 🙂 highly recommended to all.

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Such a beautiful book

I loved this book. Its hard to read - brutal at times but the characters are wonderful and I couldn't stop until I reached the end, when I wished it wasn't over.

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Perfect escapism

I have been meaning to read this book for a while now, but there never seem to be enough hours in the day, so I started listening to it on dog walks and absolutely fell in love with it. Samira does a phenomenal job narrating it. Loved it.

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  • elizabeth h monzon
  • 19-05-20

Wow!

This book and the performance of it was a gift... a treasure of immeasurable value. My mind, body and soul are better and more complete from having had the pleasure of experiencing it.

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  • L. Hart
  • 29-05-20

Samira, Samira, Samira!!!!

Though I have watched Color Purple at least 50 times, I never read the book. Loved hearing the differences between the movie and book. I feel like I could listen to this over and over again. Awesome narrator.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 17-06-20

The best audiobook I've ever listened to

Outstanding story, outstanding writing, outstanding narration. If this book ends up being the best book I read this year, I'll be more than happy. It is undoubtedly the best narration of a book I've ever listened to. For the story and the insight it gives into black slavery and white supremacy in the US and all over in the past century it is a must read. And for the amazing narration of this particular audiobook, it is a must listen. Overall, one of the best reading experiences of my life. Absolutely stunning.

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  • rdubette
  • 05-06-20

Such a great listen

I’ve always enjoyed the movie, but the book is so much more. The narrator, Samira Riley did an amazing job. I was able to tell the difference between each character, and she made me feel like we were back in that period.

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  • Dwayne
  • 17-06-20

Samira Samira Samira

Amazing! Stunning! Beautiful! Girl! Done with so much heart! Thank You! You are my Celine!

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  • Mia Who Sings
  • 27-05-20

What a performance

I've read the quite a while this audible book isn't just being read, it's being ACTED! One of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. Often it's kind of hard for to get into an audiobook but this had me involved from the first paragraph of the actress's voice.

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  • MissAngel36
  • 25-05-20

Hypnotized

10 stars! I was thoroughly engrossed the entire time... I've only ever seen the movie, and now that Samira has narrated the book, I just wanna say that what they say is true - the book is SOOO MUCH BETTER!!

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  • Mrs.M
  • 23-05-20

Amazingly Beautiful

This reading was everything. The best listen of my Audible life. Thank you for gracing us Ms. Wiley.

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 13-06-20

Think

Makes you think of things you never thought before. As usual the surpasses the movie, and the movie was exceptional.

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  • Kathy Joe
  • 10-06-20

Best Audible ever

I love this book!!! It is my all time favorite. I’m usually a big fan of the horror collection but this is an absolute great change!!

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