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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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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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    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.


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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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  • 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
  • Anthony
    Sydney, Australia
    7/7/14
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    "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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • laatkins
    WOKINGHAM, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "very good listen."
    Where does The Color Purple rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is high on my list to read or listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Alice Walker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but definitely will be.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not to be missed!


    Any additional comments?

    Really glad that I listened to this story and look forward to listening to many more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jean rOse
    6/15/14
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    "brilliant I'm just sorry it took me so long!"
    What did you like most about The Color Purple?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way in which you become so involved in the lives of the people, their struggles and their spirit


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    Grantham, United Kingdom
    5/24/14
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    "Dissapointing"

    The Narrator who I believe is the author should stick to writing, she completely switched me off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda Brooks
    5/10/14
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    "OMG! This book is amazing!"
    Would you listen to The Color Purple again? Why?

    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.


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

    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


    What about Alice Walker’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tessi
    Uk
    11/29/13
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    "So much more than the movie"
    What did you like most about The Color Purple?

    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.


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

    all of it


    Have you listened to any of Alice Walker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This was first listen to Alice Walker but I will be buying anything of hers (and Maya Angelou whose voice is so melodic too)


    Any additional comments?

    Try this, you'll love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    CHARD, United Kingdom
    11/20/13
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    "Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to The Color Purple the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Color Purple to, and why?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lottie
    GRAYS, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A masterpiece"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JMWILLIAMS
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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