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The Color Purple

Written by: Alice Walker
Narrated by: Alice Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jacquelyn D. Wood
  • 09-09-19

Such a moving, profound story, I love this book!

Guaranteed to stir your emotions oh, and just getting to hear Alice Walker herself narrate her story makes it that much more endearing, and moving. It really makes you think of so much and I believe the lessons that these characters learned can be applied to any of our lives. Do not hesitate to grab this audiobook.

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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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  • Kim Henage
  • 09-08-19

sad and heartwarming at the same time

I really enjoyed this especially from the middle to the end. made me want to be a better person

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  • tina evans
  • 17-09-19

JUST FECKIN AMAZING

LOVED IT FROM BEGINNING TO END AND EVERY WORD INBETWEEN. YOU MUST MUST MUST LISTEN TO THIS.

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  • Gary B.
  • Ireland
  • 23-08-19

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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  • SJW
  • 19-08-19

Great!

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

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  • "oboejoebo"
  • 07-08-19

Gorgeous, but challenging

content notes for sexual assault and domestic violence

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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  • Lewis
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  • 04-08-19

Amazing

I first read this about 10 years ago but was tempted to read it again after seeing that this audiobook was read by the author. I was very moved by it the first time, but Alice Walker's nuanced reading puts it on a completely different level. A truly moving spiritual journey which I'm sure will leave a lasting impression on me.

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  • K. L. Sturgess
  • 08-07-19

A stonker of a book.. BRILLIANT..

This story on the surface is sad, honest and touches on subjects that are hard to hear about. . However and it is a big however, the underlying story is of survival and most of all love.. Love that survives everything including separation, violence, sex, and anything else that is thrown at it.
The story is superb, warm, witty and spellbindingly good.
The narration is also wonderful it gives an additional ingredient that I do not think you would get from reading alone. The narrator's voice personifies the richness of this book. I don't have the words to explain how holistically brilliant this is. I have a feeling i will listen to this again and again and I want to start at the beginning now. .

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  • Tim Reisner
  • 13-06-19

Sumptuous and deeply enriching

This was like listening to caramel and butter and something purely good. What a novel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-19

trudging through

Couldn't get into to this story, but, it made good pre sleep listening material zzz!

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  • Ms T
  • 28-04-19

A modern classic

Such a powerful and thought-provoking read. The narration by the writer, Alice Walker, was exceptional. The story is full of opposing emotions: desperation and hope, solitude and unity, oppression and power. The book contains sadness and humour but above all, love. I can’t believe I waited so long to read/listen to this. Highly recommended.

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  • Jane Feast
  • 13-09-19

From the mouth of Alice Walker to my ears.

So much more to this story than I thought possible. Astounding. Thank you Ms Walker.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-04-19

Stunning...

A beautiful tale of a spiritual journey.... beautifully read and leaves you wanting more. I loved it. ❤️ Now to watch the movie 😀