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The Color Purple Audiobook

The Color Purple

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The Color Purple is a story of survival, spirituality, and the strength of the bond between two sisters, spanning two continents and nearly three decades. To hear Alice Walker read her own Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is an absolute treasure. Walker’s voice is clear, strong, and true — a testament to the courage and hope that carries the main character Celie through the story.

Celie’s circumstances are unimaginable — poor, female, uneducated, motherless, and African American in the Deep South — she is without anyone to protect her, except her God. It is her communication with God — and her other savior, her sister Nettie — that sustains her and supplies the narrative of The Color Purple. At the beginning of the novel, Celie’s communication with both God and Nettie is one-way, however, as Nettie has been swept away from her, all the way to Africa, and God sends her few signs he is watching over her.

As Celie survives sexual abuse from her stepfather, the death of her mother, the violent loss of her two children, and marriage to the monstrous and cruel “Mister”, she remains kind and loving through it all. When the beautiful and liberated singer Shug Avery comes into her life, Celie is opened up. Shug tells Celie, “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” Someone other than Nettie finally loves Celie, and she begins to truly see the beauty around her and believe her life is worth something.

In the preface, Walker says The Color Purple is the story of Celie’s journey from her place as “a spiritual captive” to “the realization that she…is a radiant expression…of the Divine”. Throughout the novel, Walker’s voice audibly breaks free of the bonds of abuse and cruelty into the freedom of spirituality and peace. It is almost as if Walker’s voice contains within each note the whole of the African American experience — encapsulated in the courage and triumph of Celie’s story. —Sarah Evans Hogeboom

Publisher's Summary

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her, and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend, Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

©1982 Alice Walker (P)2009 Alice Walker and Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1983

"[A] striking and consummately well-written novel." (New York Times Book Review)

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    loved this one better than the movie, FOR SURE! some parts make you blush. LOL!

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    "Beautifully written and narrated!!"

    I am always impressed when an author reads his or her own prose. Alice Walker may be the only one who can bring the voices and characters in her novel to life in this way. The complete package is stunning and I am glad to have listened!

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    An amazing read, never gets old and insightful. Love reading this but to listen to it read with all the accents and characters voices come to life was amazing!

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    "I waited too long to read this"
    What does Alice Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've long intended to read this book, but I felt like it might be like eating your vegetables—good for you, but not much fun. It's true that "The Color Purple" is heavy, but it's also full of joy, humor, and beauty. Alice Walker's performance of this material really brings the book to life.


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    A must for black feminist. A Beautiful and astounding account of how it was to be black and woman during a terribly hard time to be both.

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    easy read and such a loving story. glad i took the time to revisit a classic

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    So much better than the movie and so different as well. Your heart breaks and mends all at the same time.

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    A great story. Is a good story about learning who you are and how far you can go.

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    This book is one of the most empowering books I've ever read. It's told plainly and beautifully in a way I had no idea i'd enjoy so much. A thrilling story about life... It's ups and downs and having to just live it and learn from it what you can.

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    It doesn't get any better than this!! Narrated by Alice Walker herself! I can't recommend it higher. 10 stars.

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