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?
"i loved it"
Alice Walker's reading was very evocative
There were a lot of interesting issues and questions woven in to this warm story
"Disappointing and somewhat dated"
The title of this review says it all...
While there are some fascinating and enjoyable elements, the nett impression was that this story is dated... or perhaps that should read the way in which the story is told is somewhat dated... The issues of gender-based violence are neverthelss sensitively and compassionately told...
"very good listen."
It is high on my list to read or listen to.
I actually liked the whole story, the characters to the details of their life all of it. It was such a good story. Wish it had follow on books.
I haven't but definitely will be.
Not to be missed!
Really glad that I listened to this story and look forward to listening to many more by this author.
"brilliant I'm just sorry it took me so long!"
Beautifully written and narrated. Each character comes to life in your minds eye
Hard to turn off because you want to hear what happens next
The way in which you become so involved in the lives of the people, their struggles and their spirit
Alice Walker's narration is marvellous. She imbibes her characters with such love and tenderness that you care a great deal what happens to them.
The Narrator who I believe is the author should stick to writing, she completely switched me off.
"OMG! This book is amazing!"
Yes I would listen to this book again and again. The author is the narrator and she pulls you in from the first line. She's got the accent right and each character comes alive. It couldn't be read better by anyone else.
Chapters 49/50 I had to listen to again. Sug and Celie are talking about God and the meaning of his love and at the end when both sisters are united together. But in all the whole book is memorable
She pulls you in from the first line. She's got the accent right and each character comes alive. It couldn't be read better by anyone else.
The book gives insight into the way black women were treated, there is laughter and a lot of sadness in this story but the ending is happy
"So much more than the movie"
The narrators voice - such a lovely tone and I think as she is also the writer this gives it an extra depth of feeling.
I found the movie quite difficult to watch in parts, but this was so much more enjoyable, although it had more emotional depth to it and the narrators voice was perfect.
all of it
This was first listen to Alice Walker but I will be buying anything of hers (and Maya Angelou whose voice is so melodic too)
Try this, you'll love it.
I felt this book gave me an insight as to how black people lived, were treated and what they thought about this in the United States. No judgement required, they were all strong, viable characters despite the way they were treated.
Another book along this these was Help which has been mad into a film but I haven't seen it yet. Loved both these books
If you enjoyed Gone with the Wind and The Help this is another great story for you. You meet Celie, a 'colored' girl who is initially given/sold to a man for a wife and mother to his children. Your heart breaks for her for the troubles she has to face, away from her family and never knowing love. Alice Walker mends your heart as the book continues but it will never be the same as it was before.
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.
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