This story is truly heart wrenching and uplifting all at the same time. I cannot express how deeply this book made me feel. It also made me look at the world from an entirely different point of view. Being the author, there is no one better to narrate it than Alice Walker.
How am I 35 years old and am just reading this story? It brings you to the core of humanity and back unscathed. I could say more, but what could I say that hasn't been said? This is a story everyone should experience at least once; beauty.
I wish I had listened sooner. Absolutely beautiful, in story and performance. You will cry and you will laugh. But mostly you will be swept up in the humanity and warmth.
I've always loved the movie, so when I found this e-book on sale, along with the audio version, I snapped it up. The narrator, also the author, did an amazing job of telling this beautiful story in the voice of its characters. I felt like I was right there on that porch enjoying the day while listening to their stories.
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Read this book years ago when I was in high school. This is the first time I've reed it again. I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time but better as an adult.
The best part was having Alice Walker read her own book; you knew that the characters sounded exactly the way she wanted them to. Fascinatingly powerful portrayal of US culture.
I grew up as clueless as some in this book...in Memphis. My daddy was a truck driver, but we had a black woman who ironed for us. My godmother had a full time maid....no children! She was born in early 1900s....grew up in the country...never questioned the way things were...
I hadn’t watched the movie and didn’t really know anything about the book. I didn’t really like it. As a point of comparison, it’s not as moving or memorable as Roots or The Help, both of which I enjoyed. The book started good but got tiresome fairly quickly. It was a twisted tale that I didn’t really care about what happened to the characters or how it ended. It was not so bad that I felt I should not continue, however. Here and there were a few interesting parts, but overall not too special. I’m not religious but I liked the religious themes more than anything else, for example @ 5:07. I was surprised by lesbian scenes. Author’s narration was actually pretty good. Overall, an average book that I don’t recommend unless you're familiar with the book and know what you're getting into.
I am a public speaker and entertainer that lives in The Beautiful Lake of The Ozarks in Missouri.
This is a book here! I remember watching "The Color Purple" in my later years of school and always remembering small catch phrases and thinking of Oprah telling it like it is. I regret that it took me so long to listen to this one. I thought the movie was incredible until I heard this! Why did they leave so many important things out of the movie? I know the movie couldn't be four hours long, but it should have been! The book is such a masterpiece. The ending is so perfect. The story really came full circle. As much as I hated that bastard Master, by the end, I really had grown fond of him in a way. I will say that the first few minutes had my jaw dropped on the ground and me taking the book off of the speaker and putting my headphones on instead. I have got an eleven year old son and some of the words in this book would make me blush! Once you get used to some of the graphic and direct language you understand that it is part of Ms. Celie's character. She was never taught that it isn't appropriate (in my opinion anyway) for A lady to speak that way. I loved the ending. I cried happy tears for them! I hated to let these characters go! I could have listened for days more and it still wouldn't have been enough.