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The Color Purple | [Alice Walker]

The Color Purple

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.
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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.


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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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  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel Chester
    6/27/15
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    "A must read!!"

    This is a phenomenal book. The story is very captivating, it captured what life was like in the era. The narration was exceptional! It made the story come alive. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in black history.

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  • Andri
    6/14/15
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    "Like walking into a painting"

    The love and empathy in this narration held me in the story even when I was not able to listen and I plotted so that I could spend time with the people in the book rather than unexpected visitors who somehow seemed less real. I read this book many years ago and I will happily listen to this unabridged version again and maybe again.

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  • Hilary
    Arlesey, United Kingdom
    6/10/15
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    "What wonderful book,"

    I loved every minute the narration was full of every emotion and beautifully read. Captivating.

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  • Sam
    5/22/15
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    "Brilliant"

    The book was very well read and articulated.
    Had me drawn in throughout.
    Definitely worth the 'read'!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr S.
    5/20/15
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    "Perfect read"

    I thought this audio book was brilliant a little sad but true the narrator read this lovely

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    5/12/15
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    "Will certainly listen to this again"

    I will certainly listen to this again. Sad at times, funny at times but always riveting. Wonderful character descriptions. The

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  • Dappledwood
    UK
    3/24/15
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    "Brutal but page-turning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read a lot around slavery and the aftermath in USA. This book sums up just how damaging slavery was, how difficult to be black but ultimately how difficult to be black and female.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Celie , the main protagonist was so maligned from the outset , it was fulfilling to see her grow.


    Which character – as performed by Alice Walker – was your favourite?

    They were all great - I really enjoyed listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The opening two pages - horrendous, then when Shug befriends Celie and when Celie makes the pants.


    Any additional comments?

    This really does sum up what things were like for black women in the early 20th century. It is written with Celie's (either) poor grammar/ local patois but Alice Walker's reading makes it perfectly clear what is meant. Loved it

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  • Mrs A
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    3/10/15
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    "A good tale..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Color Purple to be better than the print version?

    Thought it was about time i "read" this book. I actually have access to the book, but every time I picked it up, I just didnt fancy reading it. Pleased I eventually got around to listening rather than reading it - not sure I could have made sense of some of the southern accents without listening to them.


    Any additional comments?

    Personally, I don't think its a bad book - but I wouldn't take the time to read it again. The hardships and pain that the main female characters suffered sounds horrendous and I am sure it is more than close to what life may have been like for some young black people at the time. Worth a listen, and I would recommend - but in my little humble opinion, The Help is a better read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • josie
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    7/19/14
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    "i loved it"
    Would you listen to The Color Purple again? Why?

    Alice Walker's reading was very evocative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Color Purple?

    There were a lot of interesting issues and questions woven in to this warm story


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    very moving


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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