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Precious Audiobook

Precious

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Publisher's Summary

For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

©2009 Sapphire; (P)2009 Random House

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    Diana Libertyville, IL, USA 01-01-10
    Diana Libertyville, IL, USA 01-01-10
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    "Don't Get Hung up on the Raw Language"

    Wow, what a book. Get past the f-bombs and you will get caught up in this sad and inspirational story. A precious read!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey Brandywine, MD, United States 11-22-11
    Audrey Brandywine, MD, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011

    I love reading and I really love Audible. I'm a Grants Administrator at a university with a very long commute in everyday. Audible helps me pass the time and helps me enjoy my favorite pastime.

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    "RAW"

    I couldn't finish this, so don't take my 2 stars that it's not a well written/well narrated book. I just can't finish it. The story is written in such graphic detail, I just couldn't handle it. Yes, I could handle the movie, but I can't finish the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Mosman, Australia 11-09-10
    Alex Mosman, Australia 11-09-10
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    "Could not have been better written or narrated"

    It's dark subject matter, but you can tell Sapphire has enormous empathy and respect for the girls like Precious she has taught and through her eyes, the listener can't help being won over.

    The narrator was excellent - she gave Precious one of the most memorable voices I have heard. In fact, I don't think the story would have been nearly as fluid had I read it instead of listening to it.

    The story and tone reminded me a little of A Patch Of Blue (Elizabeth Kata).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephenie tulsa, OK, USA 11-19-09
    Stephenie tulsa, OK, USA 11-19-09
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    "WOW!!"

    This was a amazing story.. So hard to listen to at some points very emotional..

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    siccminded tattooz 05-25-16
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    "i like the movie better"

    i struggled to finish this one it had some okay points but i think i will pass on a re read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lita 05-24-16
    lita 05-24-16 Member Since 2013

    I just enjoy books!

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    "i loved it"

    great book i loved how they actually made her sound like she had such poor education. the narration was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anissa 06-24-15
    Anissa 06-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "ablea"

    The book was fantastic! Was hard to get through some parts due to graphic content regarding abuse. But all and all a great read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keppy indianapolis, IN, United States 12-16-13
    Keppy indianapolis, IN, United States 12-16-13

    SAHM in Indianapolis.

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    "Great Book Heartbreaking Content"
    Would you listen to Precious again? Why?

    After having watched the movie years ago, I decided to listen to the book when it showed up on my recommended list. It was hard to listen to at times, because the content was so rough, but I enjoyed it overall. I'm not sure I would listen again, only because hearing those awful things people did to Precious was enough.


    What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

    I love Bahni Turpin. I've listened to several of her recordings, and so far she has yet to disappoint.


    If you could take any character from Precious out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maybe her mom, just to knock her out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frann STOCKBRIDGE, MI, United States 12-20-12
    Frann STOCKBRIDGE, MI, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A sad glimpse into an inner city culture"

    The book was sad & at times horrifying. It's a glimpse into a completely different world then most of us even realize exists. It did leave me contemplating how our society offers no real solutions for a whole culture of people so I would say it was thought provoking and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miranda Christnach, Luxembourg 05-08-12
    Miranda Christnach, Luxembourg 05-08-12
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    "Just could not get into it"
    What would have made Precious better?

    I had to stop listening to this book after a few pages. The voice was annoying and it just didn't grip me.


    Has Precious turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no.


    What didn’t you like about Bahni Turpin’s performance?

    the voice


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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