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Precious | [Sapphire]

Precious

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.
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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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    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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    antigudra pine bluff, AR, United States 01-09-10
    antigudra pine bluff, AR, United States 01-09-10
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    "LIFE IS NOT A CRYSTAL STAIRWAY."

    When, I first listened to this book. I was like the language was a little rough. Then, after listening for a while. I was this is reality for a lot of people. Precious really did not have a chance at all. She had a abusive mother and father. This book will take you thru a lot of emotions. You realize life is really not a crystal stairway.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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!

    7 of 10 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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    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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    Sherry gulfport, MS, United States 03-19-12
    Sherry gulfport, MS, United States 03-19-12
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    "was better than watching the movie."
    What made the experience of listening to Precious the most enjoyable?

    was narrated wonderful,could picture it in my mind,have seen the movie but this book was so much better


    What did you like best about this story?

    all of it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when she finally walked out


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    was sad,yet happy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonetta Fredericksburg, VA, United States 12-27-11
    Jonetta Fredericksburg, VA, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I will listen to anything Bahni Turpin narrates!"
    What made the experience of listening to Precious the most enjoyable?

    Bahni Turpin is hands down my favorite narrator on Audible. I have others that I enjoy as well, but in my opinion, no one brings a story to life in quite the way she does. She is not just a story reader, but a true actress in the way she brings the characters to life. This is the second story I've listened to that she has narrated and all I can say is


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Precious?

    The whole thing. It moved me from beginning to end. Makes my heart break and rejoice.


    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to her narrate


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

    Both!


    Any additional comments?

    This book has many sad and disturbing parts. If you are sensitive to foul language or sexual descriptions, do not read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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