Narrated by the writer! It was great, thank you Alice Walker for taking the time to narrate this book, you did a fantastic job in both writting and narrating. A story that has been around for many years, I still Love it, and will listen to it again someday, I was sad that the end of the book ended this morning.
I read the book... Loved it... Saw the movie...Loved it... Got the audio version and was saddened by the narrator (Alice Walker). She wasn't horrible, but pretty dang close. Similar to Stephen King reading Bag of Bones... No Bueno. The story ranks high with me, however if I had not read the book before hearing Alice read it I would have stop listening to the book after about a couple of hours. Listening to the book makes the movie look so good. And the movie left some things out, which all do, but Mister in the book is a little guy. Danny Glover is 6'4" ... Ok back to Alice- She attempts to speak in a dialect comparable to the times .. FAIL.. Her ability to act with her voice FAIL... If you have listened to the first few Game of Thrones books, you will hear a master performance by Roy Dotrice . The books by Orson Scot Card are also masterfully narrated. I say all this to say this, Excellent book, Narrator, just so-so.
I watched the movie first and was surprised by the novel with much more detail and a deeper emphasis on spirituality. At the end of the novel, I could see why the author called herself a 'medium'. I felt I was transported to somewhere among the harmonious copice of Eden itself.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is often referred in the reviews, and I could see why.
I read this novel along with the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and although with a very different story and characters, I saw some similarity between Mister/Nettie and Harold/Maureen. It's as if it's never too late to discover something about yourself and others in this mysterious and marvelous world.
I had misgivings about audiobooks read by authors and boy, was my prejudice completely shattered! She makes the story sound so real, it's like I'm listening to Sophia raging and the folks yarning and Shug and Squeak singing and everything right nearby.
I can't imaging a better title just yet.
I bought this book entirely on a whim when it was on sale as Audible's daily deal. I just wanted to read something different from the types of books I usually buy.
I was blown away by how great this story is. It's really touching, with great insights into the human condition. The characters are very endearing. I normally don't care for feminist-oriented books (although it may not be accurate for me to call it that) but I've addded this book to my list of favourite fiction without reservation.
It's worth mentioning that I found the description of god (given by the character "Shug") in this book to be probably the most compelling I've ever read.
Celie's story is inspirational. It is heartbreaking and uplifting. Alice Walker's performance is perfect in every way. I cannot imagine this story told by anyone except Ms. Walker. I don't believe I have ever enjoyed an audio book as much as this one.
The thing I loved most about the book that it is actually a love story. The book capitalizes on forgiveness, respect, sisterhood, family, and emotional stability.
Great book. If you've watched the movie numerous time as I have; you gain a new respect for the antagonistic characters.
I am very picky about my audio books. If I dont like a book within a few minutes I will delete it and not even finish it. I like the story of The Color Purple and that is the only thing that got my through the book. The author is far from the best choice for the narrator. I could obviously hear her clear her mucus throat once and her emotion is very flat. If the book could have been narrated by Octavia Spencer it would have been beautiful.
I bought this book because I liked the movie & it did not disappoint. If you liked the movie you will love the book. Alice Walker did a great job as narrator.
I never read this book when it came out, nor did I see the movie. I had no idea what I was missing. This is an incredibly powerful story, and Alice Walker's reading of her book is wonderful. The characters are well-developed and their growth throughout the decades of the book is mesmerizing. Absolutely recommended to everyone out there.
Will read (or in this case, listen) to just about anything.
It's one of the better books I've downloaded. I'd seen the movie before and always wanted to read the book, but never had. Despite knowing the general plot, I enjoyed every moment of the book. Great characters, plot, and performance by Alice Walker herself. Strongly recommended.