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.
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.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
I have never read a book and watched a movie and thought both were quite good. I also got to see another ending to the story. I am not sure which one I liked the best, but enjoyed both journeys.
Not sure how to seperate both book and movie, so I will say this...if you enjoyed the movie, you will enjoy the book.
So I've thought about this for a week and I'm still a bit conflicted on how I felt about this story. In my mind, I couldn't help but compare it to Their Eyes Were Watching God which is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read and The Color Purple didn't have that lyricism and poetry in it that Their Eyes Were Watching God does. It didn't feel quite as authentic. For the first part of the book, I was completely uncomfortable which could well have been what Walker intended. I was unsure whether or nor I wanted to finish the book but it's one of those that I always felt like I should have read so I kept sticking it out to see what all the fuss was about. And then the letters started and I realized that I was crying. I wasn't just crying, I was bawling. Once the letters started, I began enjoying the book so much more.
This audiobook was narrated by Alice Walker and, although I have seen many places where the Walker is criticized as a narrator, I didn't have any problems with it. I think that the person that read Abileene for The Help would have been a better choice but Walker does okay. She's criticized for reading slowly but I think that Celie might be a slow talker.
Do I recommend the book? Yeah, I think everybody should read it at some point in their lives. But do I think you should run out and read it right now? No.