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The Color Purple

Written by: Alice Walker
Narrated by: Alice Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.

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Its like a soft breeze of wind

This to me was not just an audiobook. It was like sitting next to an elderly person of the family and listening to their tales, real life experiences. The story is engaging, entertaining and at the same time my stomach ties in knots time to time listening to the way events unfold. I came across many short and simple one liners that almost chocked me. Such a simple but powerful way to express deepest feeling... Loved the book and the narration equally.

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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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  • Ms. Blacq
  • 13-10-19

way better than the movie

I read this book as a girl and so much went over my head. now as an matured woman I caught it all, I think... I'll read again in 20 years to see what i missed this go around. best book I've ever read.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Maddy
  • 27-03-20

You read it because it’s a classic

This book wasn’t gripping for me. The performance is superb and the story is good, but it’s really just a story of a woman’s life. She has a terribly hard life in the Jim Crowe South, the realities of which are important for us to understand. That’s why I read the book. I’m glad I read it since it is such a classic, but I doubt it’ll be a book I reread.

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  • OSR
  • 13-12-19

Even better as an audiobook

Utterly beautiful and poignant - two weeks after finishing this it is still haunting me. One of the few books which is made even better by being listened to - Alice Walker's narration gave a perspective I simply would not have had without the character voices and accents.

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  • Fiona Keates
  • 14-01-20

good solid listen

well read, well written and interesting to listen to. could relate to the chatacters and found them to be very believable, as well as the situations presented. hard not to believe this wasn't based on true life

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  • Jo
  • 21-12-19

Incredible, moving book

This is obviously a dark and often tragic story, but that doesn't mean it's not hugely compelling. I had read as a teenager but the audiobook is incredible and let's you really get Celie's voice and story

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  • Emma
  • 31-03-20

Amazing Book

You will not be disappointed a wonderful story, fantastic narration. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I really didn't want this book to end.

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  • Cherry Rogers
  • 30-03-20

Great book. Well read.

I like the way the book is written. Using letters written by two sisters gives it a really personal and family feeling and an interesting view point.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-20

Wow!

What an amazing book! Real characters that change with the seasons and their experiences!

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  • Paula
  • 25-03-20

Truly a classic

This book had me feeling so much emotions I laughed and most times shed tears. Would happily recommend it

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  • Granny June
  • 25-03-20

Stunning

Torn between rushing to the end and savouring this incredible book. loved every moment , cried, laughed and cried again.

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  • Amy
  • 25-03-20

Perfect

Beautiful story, read by author and in this case that is a good thing. Some of the best former characters in any book. A classic for a very good reason.

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  • Kate
  • 22-03-20

great book

finished in two days. interesting, well written and greatly performed. well portrayed the time and life showing lots of history and people their lifes and thoughts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-20

A wonderful tale of how to live

I read this book many years ago and loved it, but had forgotten much of the story. To listen to the author Alice Walker read her own work, and share this story of love and kiss and pain and suffering and enduring and surging, and in being happy is a true delight. It transforms and uplifts you.

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  • Vicki Reeves
  • 28-11-19

Read this book!!!

I haven't read this book for over 20 years. Even better second time round I think. The story is just as moving the first time, and I loved the narration by the author herself. Priceless!!

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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 😀