This is a great, moving, meaningful story. I highly recommend it. However...
Alice Walker is not a terrific narrator. Others are correct to note that she reads too slowly. I also felt she was not credible as the voice of Celie, the main character. Celie is poor and uneducated. She speaks with the grammar and cadence of a poor southern black woman. Embodying this voice is not an easy job, but Walker does not really pull it off. Throughout the recording, I was conscious that it was educated, literary Alice Walker speaking, not Celie.
One of the best novels I have read. Deeply moving and thought provoking, it is a gut wrenching story of tragedy, injustice, and redemption.
It has been many years since I had seen the film, but I remember how much I liked it so I got this audiobook. It was hard to listen to for me, not because of the narrator (who I thought was wonderful), but just because of the brutality and sorrow the characters endured through no fault of their own. There were some similarities with "Push" by Sapphire, which I can only imagine it provided some inspiration for.I hope with the release of this audiobook that people will visit this story again. It is an important American work.
I absolutely find this novel inspirational and it amazes me how Walker effectively touches on so many historical/sociological/political issues within a well crafted story. This audio book is hard to listen to though, as Alice Walker just reads so slowly. I was going to use it in class with my 11th grade English students, but we didn't have the patience.
The first two "sections" took me into Seely and Netty's experiences in a way that only Middlemarch matches (in my reading). The second half of the book seemed more talky or obviously calculated and far less engaging.
I liked the reader's pace and voice, although it is possible that a more experienced reader could have made the second half more interesting.
This is a fantastic book to listen to on audible. I have read this book before and I enjoyed it, but listening to it was added so much more to the story. Alice Walker is an amazing narrator and she brings her characters to life in a way that when I read the book my imagination wasn't able to do on my own. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole experience!!
I truly enjoyed listening to The Color Purple. The narrator made the book so vivid, so live that I felt like I was there in the screens with the characters. Listening to this audiobook was truly a great pleasure.