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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) Audiobook

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

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Publisher's Summary

A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America.

In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them.

Captured here in 12 luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. Beautiful and devastating, Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is glorious, harrowing, unexpectedly uplifting, and blazing with life.

©2013 Ayana Mathis (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    "Multiple readers with mixed quality"
    Where does The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The main reader was great. The other readers had really flat intonation


    Who was the most memorable character of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) and why?

    Hattie, boy did she evolve, and you knew why she evolved the way she did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 01-07-13
    Carol 01-07-13

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    "Like a soap opera"

    After listening to/reading The Help I was disappointed in this book. It just seemed to go on and on with one life story after another - somewhat like a soap opera. Performance was excellent, however!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 01-04-13
    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 01-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good one!!"

    I like the way this book was written, it was a great find!! I would highly recommend it. I looked forward to listening to this one every chance I had!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donna S Hotrum 12-04-16
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    "Loved it"

    I struggle with the narrator, she had a monologue voice. One that could/would put you
    to sleep. Also I didn't enjoy the ending, it just left
    you hanging.

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    Yolanda Brawley 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Struggled to finish"

    Some chapters kept my interest, and others bored me to pieces. I wouldn't read it again

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    She 09-03-16
    She 09-03-16

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    "Captivating!"
    If you could sum up The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) in three words, what would they be?

    Spellbound at best!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hattie, of course! Dynamic and she never changed. Poor girl--she never had a chance with having all those children.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Hattie.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) and why?

    Hattie carried a purpose and never changed throughout her lifetime. Dedicated and loved her children.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that there would be a second book to see how everyone turned out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Sparks 09-03-16
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    What disappointed you about The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)?

    narration was uninteresting and story did not grab me..only listened to three chapters


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayana Mathis again?

    probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    no


    What character would you cut from The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)?

    don't know


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Amazon Customer 07-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A MUST READY SHOULD BE ON EVERY ONE BOOK SHELVE"

    What a page turner with each persons story it draws you in further and further, I grew up with many Hattiesburg and the life lessons they gave us, strengthen us and made us a little more aware or wiser.

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    Eva 04-15-16
    Eva 04-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    good book.but I hate being forced giving a review because I haven't finished it yet because I fell asl3ep before the end

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    April Florida 03-15-16
    April Florida 03-15-16
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    "It made sense when I finished..."
    Where does The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Each of the 12 children had a "everyday issues" just as our families do today, to include drug addiction, mental issues, sexuality that others do not either accept or acknowledge, fear of being left behind or guilt. Interesting to later write all of these issues or traits down next to the children's names and see that these make us every average American, both black & white.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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