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The Color Purple Audiobook

The Color Purple

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 11-22-16
    lerone ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada 11-22-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Again purple enjoyment"

    Alice walker's narrative brings the character to life. Saw the movie enjoyed the narrative a lot more.could listen again and again.

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    MWallace 11-18-16
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    "Just beautiful. A classic everyone should read."

    Beautiful story, beautifully written, wonderfully read. Walker superbly reads her words like truth and poetry.

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    janice mcfarland 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my all time favorite stories but..."

    I was looking forward to listening to this story because I loved the movie. when I saw that Alice Walker was the narrator I was extra excited, after all see wrote the book. I tried my best finish the story but I just could not because to the monotone sound of the narrators voice. She sounded like her mouth was so full of spit.....yuck, she was way to close to the microphone. as hard as I tried I just could not finish. I

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    charles watkins 11-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful, beautiful story."

    Whenever I see a really good movie I seek out the book it was based on. I often find the book as enjoyable or even better than the movie. And, visa versa when I read a really good book and someone makes a movie out of it, I can't wait to see the movie. Unless the screen writer, producer and director do exceptional work, the movie often falls short of the book. I've seen The Color Purple many times and loved it each time. I have finally listened to the audio book and loved it equally as much. What beautiful writing! The author's narration could not have been better. If you have not read The Color Purple, do yourself a favor and read or listen to it. You will not be sorry.

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    Uplifting book that helped me better understand the feelings of women towards men and the struggle of long distance relationships.

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    neana 11-07-16
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    "I love all things "The color purple ""

    Ive read the book, listened to the audio book, seen the movie and the play. I cant get enough. It is so well written and real.

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    Hippy Chick 11-04-16
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    "100 times better than the movie"

    beautifully written with so many different stories intertwined. the movie was great but the audio book narrated by the author was so much better.

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    Heather Milne 11-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth it"

    The beginning was so so hard to listen to, such horrific truths, but the story that unfolds is worth listening through the pain. Thank you for such a beautiful description of the colors of life.

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    Mz. Jones 10-21-16
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    "My First Audio Book But Definitely Not My Last"

    My first audio book and I'm hooked. The Color Purple is my all time favorite movie that I've watched many many times without ever taking the time to read the book. I was so captivated by Alice Walkers voice that I went to bed early every night just so I could be swept away by it. Even one of my pups would come and lay beside me, head on my leg, until he'd drift off to sleep. I'd definitely recommend this audio book to everyone, you will not regret it.

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    avis 10-03-16
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    "It goes without saying"

    Like most great literature this will cause one to dispair at that human condition. But rather than leave you there, Walker ends it with hope something like joy. After reading this book, I am resolved to live gratefully and age gracefully.

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