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The Color Purple Audiobook
The Color Purple
Written by: 
Alice Walker
Narrated by: 
Alice Walker
The Color Purple Audiobook

The Color Purple

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Juanita 01-27-15
    Juanita 01-27-15
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have listened to other books with similar themes but find this very disappointing.


    What could Alice Walker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not sure.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Perhaps a different narrator would provide better expression than the author did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Hunters Hill, Australia 04-02-12
    Linda Hunters Hill, Australia 04-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very moving"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Color Purple to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What does Alice Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Staggering emotion. Lovely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Elwood, Australia 03-26-12
    Fiona Elwood, Australia 03-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "More than the movie - read by the Author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Color Purple to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alice Walker? Why or why not?

    Did she write any others?


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  • Cross Stitcher
    NR. HALESWORTH,, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Delightful"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Charlott
    Halmstad, Sweden
    4/24/15
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqui Hastings
    7/27/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sueatonk
    7/17/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    4/30/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    3/19/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqui Moore
    3/16/16
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    "A sweet story and great performance"

    I really enjoyed this story. in the beginning I was a little apprehensive, but the further I got into it, the more invested and connected with the characters I felt. I have not watched the film, but I will now.
    And, author Alice Walker gives a stellar performance. I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bianca Lashley
    3/1/16
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    "Not what i expected"

    loved this book, even though i thought the story would be on the whole quite a sad story but it isnt. very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    2/21/16
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    "Beautifully written and read"

    I have had this for a while but couldn't face reading it as I thought it would be so sad and traumatic. I am so glad that I finally took the plunge, it was sad yes, in parts, but it was inspirational even more so.
    I loved reading of Celie's gradual rise from trodden down woman to the person she became. All the characters had depth, an excellent story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lill
    1/10/16
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    "A must read!!!"

    An emotional and at the same time beautiful story that will never be forgotten. It touches the soul deeply.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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