When, I first listened to this book. I was like the language was a little rough. Then, after listening for a while. I was this is reality for a lot of people. Precious really did not have a chance at all. She had a abusive mother and father. This book will take you thru a lot of emotions. You realize life is really not a crystal stairway.
Wow, what a book. Get past the f-bombs and you will get caught up in this sad and inspirational story. A precious read!
SAHM in Indianapolis.
After having watched the movie years ago, I decided to listen to the book when it showed up on my recommended list. It was hard to listen to at times, because the content was so rough, but I enjoyed it overall. I'm not sure I would listen again, only because hearing those awful things people did to Precious was enough.
I love Bahni Turpin. I've listened to several of her recordings, and so far she has yet to disappoint.
Maybe her mom, just to knock her out.
So I guess I could be categorized as "a skinny white b*" in the mind of Precious, although I come from a completely different background, world view and mindset incomparable to the one portrayed in this book - still I really liked the book. It tells an important story of courage and will to survival of a young girl with seemingly everything against her. A story that transcends even the strong sense of divide based on skin color as the book describes (again and again).
It deals with very important issues and taboos such as incest, measure of intelligence and what it really means to be a good parent. Brutal and beautiful in its own way.
I certainly do not agree with the protagonist in her decisions but on the other hand I do understand them. And I think the book has a very standoffish view on the world and the people in it at times. But I do understand it - seen from the protagonist's viewpoint.
Many times I was on pins and needles for Precious and hoped maybe for more reflection but this is the author staying with the character - or that's is how I understood it.
A great listen - but not for the faint of heart.
The book was sad & at times horrifying. It's a glimpse into a completely different world then most of us even realize exists. It did leave me contemplating how our society offers no real solutions for a whole culture of people so I would say it was thought provoking and well read.
I had to stop listening to this book after a few pages. The voice was annoying and it just didn't grip me.
was narrated wonderful,could picture it in my mind,have seen the movie but this book was so much better
all of it
when she finally walked out
was sad,yet happy
Bahni Turpin is hands down my favorite narrator on Audible. I have others that I enjoy as well, but in my opinion, no one brings a story to life in quite the way she does. She is not just a story reader, but a true actress in the way she brings the characters to life. This is the second story I've listened to that she has narrated and all I can say is
The whole thing. It moved me from beginning to end. Makes my heart break and rejoice.
I listened to her narrate
This book has many sad and disturbing parts. If you are sensitive to foul language or sexual descriptions, do not read this book.
I love reading and I really love Audible. I'm a Grants Administrator at a university with a very long commute in everyday. Audible helps me pass the time and helps me enjoy my favorite pastime.
I couldn't finish this, so don't take my 2 stars that it's not a well written/well narrated book. I just can't finish it. The story is written in such graphic detail, I just couldn't handle it. Yes, I could handle the movie, but I can't finish the book.