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!"
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.
The book was very well read and articulated.
Had me drawn in throughout.
Definitely worth the 'read'!!
I thought this audio book was brilliant a little sad but true the narrator read this lovely
"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
"Brutal but page-turning"
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.
Celie , the main protagonist was so maligned from the outset , it was fulfilling to see her grow.
They were all great - I really enjoyed listening.
The opening two pages - horrendous, then when Shug befriends Celie and when Celie makes the pants.
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
"A good tale..."
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.
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.
"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.
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