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Publisher's 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)

What listeners say about The Giver of Stars

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Liberarians Liberation!!

What an amazing story .Absolutely loved it.The characters have been seamlessly woven into the story fabric and the narration takes it several notches higher.It fills me with immense pride to read about the diligent and selfless nature of the library women riding miles and miles to deliver the books and how they put their wisdom and intelligence to good use.I had been craving to discover a good romantic tale and this fitted the bill perfectly.My heart is singing❤

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Average story, great narration

I know this book is popular with some great reviews. but had it not been for the narrator, I would have lost interest at the slow pace and story.

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An enjoyable read !!

Jojo Moyes - Though I have seen her books in many best sellers list I never tried her books as her genre is romance which I have outgrown .... presumably......But I liked the gist of Giver of stars ....a historical fiction one of my favourite. And I found that she is an amazing story teller.
And her work is ever more enhanced by the narrator Julia Whelan ..... really awesome narration by Julia. Totally a very enjoyable read .

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intricately woven and fantastically narrated

simple enough story but told vividly filling in colours of all sorts. highly recommend this book.

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  • HJ
  • 22-02-20

A book about books!!!!

Just loved the story line, the characters, the setup. It is a long book, but finished it in a day..and as much as I liked the story, I loved Julia Whelan's narration of the same. She has a knack of bringing stories to life..this is the second of her books I listened to and absolutely loved it....

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An interesting read with a few great characters!

A nice journey into the 1938 Kentucky. But I felt the book could have touched upon the depression and other social aspects of life in a bit more depth. Nonetheless, the narrative is pretty vivid for the reader to picturize the life of the characters involved. And as usual, Julia Whelan is awesome in her narration on audible.

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loved the premise

loved the narrator... at places it does give you goosebumps and sometimes even makes you tear up. but overall the story was so-so. very black and white characters... limited layers to them. the narration and performance made it way better though.

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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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  • Angel Flukes
  • 06-10-20

Best book I’ve listened to in 2020

I LOVED this book so much, some parts you laugh, you cry, you feel fearful, it’s just a true-to-life emotional rollercoaster and I loved it. It would make an award-stealing movie 100% it was epic. Can’t wait to read more from JoJo Moyes. Can’t recommend it enough.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-21

Tinas Review

Loved this book. Beautifully written and read. The reader took me into the forests of Kentucky.

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  • Wayne Phillips
  • 07-12-20

Simply amazing

Another amazing story of women forging their way against all odds, to rewrite their own destinies.

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  • Andrea
  • 14-11-20

A Really Engaging Story beautifully told

I’ve read several of Jojo Moyes books and definitely enjoyed this one the best so far. A bit of history which I knew nothing about with a great storyline woven around it ticked all the boxes for me. The narrator was great too and perfect for the book. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Luisa Portocarrero
  • 05-10-20

You will cry, laugh and fall in love!

I love how Jojo Moyes describes everything so well that makes you “see” the characters and surroundings.
If you are looking for a juman sensitive story, this is your book!

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  • Murray
  • 26-09-20

Excellent story. Great reader.

This is the best book I have read for a long time. Great story. Edge of the seat right to the end.

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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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  • SusanE
  • 08-10-19

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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  • Carole Hymas
  • 09-05-20

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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  • J. M. Tipping
  • 10-10-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-19

Great listen

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-11-19

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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  • Jo Rodrigues
  • 23-11-19

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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  • S R
  • 18-10-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-19

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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  • Hettie
  • 28-04-20

Worth the listen

I found this story initially hard to get into, but loved it by the end!

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  • Sarah Johnson
  • 11-11-19

A real surprise.

I had bought this audio book without reading the write up as I loved Me before you and the rest. So when it begins, set in the early 20th century ( read in with an American accent no less ) I was perturbed.
“Oh well, I’ve bought it now- May as well hear it out” I thought......
20 minutes later and I was hooked. The warmth of the women, the unlikely friendships that develop and the vivid painting of mountains- it carried me away to a time and place I didn’t want to leave.
I genuinely loved this book and the fact it’s based around a true story made me love it even more.

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  • G from OZ
  • 24-10-19

Magnificent story with spellbinding narrator

You know you've thoroughly enjoyed an audio-book when you want to listen to it all over again straight away. Every moment of this audio-book is a joy. What a triumph of a story. So interesting and all the characters are fantastically portrayed in words and voice. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-20

A ‘shelf’ favourite - absolutely beautiful

To say I loved this book is an understatement! It was such a gorgeous story of beautiful women and friendship! I have always loved Jojo’s work and this did not disappoint!

With any audiobook the narrator is a hit or miss for me and Julia narrated this book with the love it deserved!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-19

So Great!

This book is so good, I just had to write my first ever review. I loved the plot, all the characters and it is beautifully performed. I have never read Jojo Moyes and will certainly be reading more. Now I want to go to the Kentucky Mountains.

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  • cottagedweller
  • 23-01-20

Everything You Need

I am rather partial to historical fiction & I loved this book from start to finish, actually I didn't want it to finish at all. The interaction between the ladies was what we all hope for in relationships with women. I was interested to learn of the Packhorse Library Julia Whelan is sooo easy to listen to. 5 Star listening. So descriptive & easy to form imagination of the time, people & events.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-20

loved loved loved

Jojo Moyes has done it again with The Giver of Stars. A wonderful story of empowerment and love. Couldn't recommend it enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-19

Please make a movie

such a unique story made you want it to keep going. great characters, please make this a movie...

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  • jane
  • 23-10-19

glorious!

JM at her best. I'm bereft after finishing it. I miss all my new Kentucky librarian friends.

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  • HelenB
  • 21-05-20

Thank you to the other reviewers!

Like another reviewer I don't like the sound of American fiction narrators but after reading other reviews I found myself totally agreeing - I really enjoyed the narrative and found the performance really engaging. Story weakened towards the end but it was still a lovely form of escapism, a beautiful setting and a wonderful group of Librarians.

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  • H. Anthony
  • 14-05-20

An absolute joy.

I absolutely loved this book from the very first page, the narration was spot on.

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