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The Hate U Give

Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Series: Garden Heights
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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Starr is a 16-year-old black girl living in parallel worlds, teetering between the poor neighbourhood where she was raised and the posh suburban high school she attends. But when she witnesses a deadly act of police violence, that fraught balancing act falls apart. Her fellow students know nothing of what it's like to live under that shadow of fear. 

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the instances of racially-motivated violence in America that the activist group was born from, this powerful and gripping audiobook by Angie Thomas is moving, topical and compelling. Award-winning narrator Bahni Turpin adds an emotive edge to Starr’s struggle for justice, guiding listeners through each moment of joy, anger and heartbreak.

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Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018
Winner of the Children's Book of the Year 2018 at the British Book Awards

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping young-adult novel about one girl's struggle for justice.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

©2017 Angela Thomas (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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a great book wonderfully read

a great book with a message, wonderfully read in a way that brings the characters and story to life

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Incredible performance!

The book is absolutely fantastic, as I’m sure most people know by now, but I truly cannot say enough about Bahni Turpin‘s interpretation! She truly brought this novel and all it’s complex characters to life in an authentic and moving way. This is one audiobook that shouldn’t be passed over!

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Entertaining, powerful but a bit YA

I got this book without knowing too much about it and tbh probably wouldn't have listened to it if I knew it was in the young adult category of fiction (me being a middle-aged man) But having said that even though it does feel very YA at times with a lot of focus on teenage concerns (early relationships, teen entertainment) and some of the dialogue feels a little clunky, I still got caught up in the story, characters and it's dealing with the ills of society. It does develop somewhat predictably but that's sort of in keeping with the feel of the book.
One thing which makes it as entertaining as it is, is the narration by Bahni Turpin, which is excellent and one of the best performances I've heard on an audiobook.
Overall I recommend it with maybe some reservations if you're an old codger like me (glad I listened to it overall though) and I think younger readers would gain a lot from its powerful message.

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A M A Z I N G ✨✨✨

I really liked this book, I’m 11, so probably too young, though this is my preference of age range in books. But the real joy for me comes in Bahni Turpin’s narration... PLEEEAAASE GET HER TO DO EVERY BOOK EVER! She’s amazing, smooth voice, natural tone, emotion and perfect everything, real connection to the character. So, all in all, perfect narration for a perfect book! 💙💜💙💜

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Well written glance into life in black America

As a white, middle aged male, I know nothing of the world Angie Thomas writes about and so I 'enjoyed' the story more for the world that opened up to me rather than the core story line. It brilliantly highlights inequality and the inherent racism that exists in the US - knowing that it exists and is growing elsewhere. Similar to Orangeboy (London setting). Both have weaker endings, but it's the journey with the characters that is so much more important.

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brilliant

I have not seen the movie, but if it's as amazing as this audio book then I will take the time out to watch it.

Bahni Turpin's narration is oscar worthy.

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brilliant

well written and well read we need more audio narrators like Bahni Turpin to bring audio books to life

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Fantastic in every way

Excellent story, absolutely brilliantly narrated. Highly recommended.

I didn't know what to expect when I bought this. I'd seen it recommended and wanted to make a conscious decision to support black authors in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement being at the forefront of our lives. I didn't realise this book was going to be so relevant and very much enjoyed that it was.

This book was such a rollercoaster of emotions, I cried, I laughed; I felt Starr's emotions throughout. More than that, this is one of the best written families I've read, the relationships between them were beautiful and real.

The narration was absolutely top class; I actually forgot it was just one person because the characters came alive so well, and so clearly.

Maybe it's because I'm an author myself and understand the importance of reviews, but I couldn't wait to review this; before I'd even finished it.

I loved it. I can't wait to read more from this author, and hear more from this narrator. Fantastic

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Exceptional narrator!

The narrator was so so good, making all characters come to life and differ from one another in the best ways possible.

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A must read.

I can’t believe I’ve only just read it (or listed to it). I wish I read it last year. I can relate in so many different ways.
Justice must be served.
A very well thought and written book.

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  • 03-07-20

Nuanced and empathetic, well worth the read!

Poignant and nuanced with a balanced perspective, this book was a joy to read. There's a lot to unpack with this, and even with a heavy look at how ordinary people are affected by racism, racial profiling, and police brutality, Angie Thomas still manages to make the story entertaining and enrapturing with her way with words, and her quick wit and humour. Bahni Turpin also does an excellent job bringing the characters to life, and giving Starr her voice.

I will say that it's interesting to see how this book will be viewed decades later. Much like how Noughts and Crosses still feels shockingly relevant now, but with new context, this story still feels extremely fresh, while also leaving room for different conclusions to be drawn based on the current climate in 2020. This is worth the read at any time as Angie Thomas is an excellent writer, but right now is perhaps the best time to read it. Well worth it!

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  • Yvette Anderson
  • 18-09-19

Loved and Loved

The story is current and characters relatable. Music and fashion is weaved throughout making me land in the middle of the family living room although I am a white girl sitting in Cape Town. Stop feeding Hate I want to scream, but I live in a society where so much hate is pumped into the system it is boiling over.
Thank you for writing this and for the magnificent performance!