As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life.
©1982 Alice Walker (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC
I have listened to other books with similar themes but find this very disappointing.
Perhaps a different narrator would provide better expression than the author did.
This is one of those audiobooks that was a joy to listen to. I can't imagine that Alice Walker's words on the page could match those same words straight from her heart.
Staggering emotion. Lovely.
Yes you get the voice of the auithor Alice Walker and a better idea about how the slang is pronouced and its effect and emphaisis.
Did she write any others?
Before 'The Help' there was The Color Purple. A book that will stay with you for a long time. It is made far more meaningful as it is beautifully narrated by the author, so you know that the spoken nuances and inflections are exactly what Alice Walker wanted to convey. In her acknowledgements, she thanks the characters of the book for coming, and that is how the book develops, the characters, telling their interweaving stories of hopes, heartaches, love, rejection and destiny. Delightful.
"I loved it!"
It was much better than I've expected! The narration gave the whole thing such great depth.
I sort of held my breath towards the end.
Beautifully written. Beautifully read. To be taken to a time and place and given an insight that most couldnt possibly understand. A Total classic.
"Captivated by story & narration"
Definitely recommend this especially if having a good narrator is important to you. Beautifully and sincerely read by the author
I read this book many years ago and almost didn't buy it, but I'm so glad I did. Still moving, still inspiring story with captivating narration by the author.
We were heading to NYC and had booked tickets for a musical version of The Color Purple on Broadway so I thought I'd read the book first.
Miss Celie tells her story, which moves along quickly, and through her eyes the characters are brought to life. It is brilliantly narrated and is the sort of book that lives with you long after it is finished. It is a story of a harsh life but it is not without humour or beauty.
The musical is fantastic, too, by the way.
"Still Great !!!"
A polished performance of this astonishing tale. Great story. I read this book over 10 years ago and it's just as good today as it was then. loved it.
"How have I never read this before?"
I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks. What an amazing book. As the story was drawing to a close I was willing it not to end. I've never wanted a book not to end so much. My only regret is I didn't discover this book before. Now I have to watch the film.
I also love it because it's narrated by the author so you know you are hearing it as she intended it to be read.
"A sad but amazing story"
I have seen the film colour purple and that is what inspired me to listen to this book. It wasn't what I expected. But it was very moving and sad.
"A most wonderful book"
All I want to say about this book is that it is absolutely wonderful. Narrated by Alice Walker herself! I wish I had bought it sooner.
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