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The Giver of Stars

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin - the spellbinding story of love, friendship and the power of words to change the world by the international best-selling author of Me Before You.  

The greatest love story is the one you least expect....

Alice Wright doesn’t love her new American husband. 

Nor her domineering father-in-law or the judgemental townsfolk of Baileyville, Kentucky.

Stifled and misunderstood, she yearns for escape and finds it in defiant Margery O’Hare and the sisterhood bringing books to the isolated and vulnerable. 

But when her father-in-law and the town turn against them, Alice fears the freedom, friendship and the new love she’s found will be lost....

Read by Audie-award winner Julia Whelan.

©2019 Jojo Moyes (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"Her best novel yet. Julian Whelan [is] the perfect reader." (The Times)

"Utterly enchanting." (Mail on Sunday)

"Epic." (David Nicholls, best-selling author of One Day)

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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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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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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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Great listen<br />

Loved it! Really enjoyed this book and want more please! Highly recommend it to all

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LOCKDOWN FAVOURITE

LISTENED TO THIS IN ONE DAY! I JUST COULD NOT STOP, FOUND A BIT DIFFICULT TO START WITH BUT ONCE I WAS AWAY THAT WAS IT. READ A LOT OF BOOKS RARELY LEAVE A REVIEW, BUT I FELT THIS ONE DESERVED IT.

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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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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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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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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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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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  • Lia
  • 23-02-20

Amazing Book and Fantasic Narration

“There is always a way out of a situation. Might be ugly. Might leave you feeling like the earth had gone and shifted under your feet. But there is always a way around.”
~Jojo Moyes, The Giver of Stars

EVERYBODY STOP WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING AND BUY THIS BOOK!! I promise you won’t regret it. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is the unforgettable story of a group of women that become the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. The women are all vastly different, but the way they come together to protect each other and serve their community is incredible.

As you can probably tell, I LOVED this story. Absolutely loved it. I was immediately drawn into the beautiful descriptions of the Kentucky mountains, and by each unique character fighting to break free of the traditional expectations set upon women and create a life for themselves. I loved the lengths with which they would go to deliver books to their community, and the incredible life-changing impact that we all know that books have. The story primarily revolves around Alice, a British women brought to Kentucky by her new husband who quickly discovers the marriage to not be all she thought it would be; and Margery, a bit of an outcast from town, but the feisty leader of the Packhorse Librarians, and a women not afraid to live by her own rules. Together Margery and Alice discover what it means to truly fight for the life you want to live, and how far the bonds of friendship can sustain us.

I loved all the beautiful romances throughout the story, and the ways that each relationship developed. The second half of the book completely took me by surprise with the new plot lines that were introduced, and by the end I found myself crying with a smile on my face. That ending was SO moving. I wish this review could truly do justice to this incredible story, but I honestly can’t. The Giver of Stars quickly became one of my favorite reads of the year, and one of my favorite stories of all time. I HIGHLY recommend that everyone read or listen to it. (The audio-book is PHENOMENAL by the way...I mean, it’s Julia Whelan...need I say more?!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-20

5 Stars plus!!!!

beautifully narrated, heart warming tale of wobderful friendships, empowered women in a small country town in 30's America.

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  • Shonti
  • 07-08-20

Great great story

I loved the narrator, who was able to give such a strong sense of the individual characters. The storytelling by Jo Jo Moyes was enthralling and kept me fascinated. It is a book I would highly recommend.

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  • Sharon
  • 03-08-20

Worth the effort to get to know the characters

I so enjoyed this book. I’m not a fan of cheesy story lines, too predictable outcomes, ‘standard’ character types and this perhaps ventured into these areas a couple of times. But I found myself wanting to go back to my phone over and over to listen to the story to see what happened next.
I do enjoy Jojo’s books and this was no exception-she has a way of drawing you in. Well narrated too.

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  • Merry
  • 18-06-20

Best narrator ever

Julia is just magical. She puts so much emotion into her reading that you laugh or cry along while listening. Thank you Julia for 13 wonderful Audible hours with you!
And i loved this book too:)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-20

The Giver of stars

Really loved it! It is a lovely novel with nicely depicted characters and the celebration of friendship and women power.

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  • Kirsti G Skogman
  • 10-04-20

Loved the book.

I really loved listening to this book. The story is very good, hard to stop listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-20

Absolutely painful beautiful

I love Jojo and she has not disappointed, laughter, cry, suspence. You fall in love with characters you har others.
Thank you

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  • IsabelS
  • 15-02-20

JoJo Moyes and Julia Whelan at their best!

I must start with the narration.
Sometimes it was difficult to comprehend that only one narrator was narrating this book.
The different character voices absolutely brilliantly done!
I loved everything about this book. The story line, the characters, the setting everything.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-01-20

very formulaic. Everything had an ending

This was very tie all the loose ends up kind of book. everything ends nicely, even unrealistic things