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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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    Brian Richmond, CA, United States 09-26-16
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    "The Color Purple by the Author"

    Alice Walker reads her acclaimed novel. There is such beauty, insight and simplicity in her voice, words would fail me in any attempt to describe the experience of this. You must hear it for yourself. BRAVO!!!

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    Jenifer 09-23-16
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    You can't go wrong. I read this when I was much younger, loved it. I listened now, loved it.

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    Rein 09-21-16
    Rein 09-21-16
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    "Lots of Heart"

    Lots of Heart. The reading of the author was so alive. This is not just eye opening but heart opening. I loved Sophia the best.

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    O. Little 09-21-16
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    "A love story like no other"

    Alice Walker is a great writer and an even better narrator. The Color Purple is a beautiful story about family, love and life in the South. She's not afraid to tell the unspoken ills that have plagued many Black families for years.

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    DEANNA 09-16-16
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    this is one of the best books ive ever read...having the author reading it just enhanced the experience... beautiful

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    Audie Weatherford,TX, United States 09-06-16
    Audie Weatherford,TX, United States 09-06-16 Member Since 2011
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    This is an incredible story and an amazing journey. I'm so glad I was able to experience this book.

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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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    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 09-01-16
    Natalie M. R. Hernandez United States 09-01-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Narrator enhances story wonderfully"

    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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