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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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    Susan Davis Pepper Pike, OH USA 03-11-13
    Susan Davis Pepper Pike, OH USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the story"
    Where does The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as the content of the book, I loved it. I found the reader quite distracting to the story, however.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hattie was the centerpiece, but I found her husband to be the most interesting. It was fascinating to see his perspective on their life and marriage in contrast to her's.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader had very awkward timing and phrasing. It wasn't smooth and consistent. She did well on dialogue, but the narrative was disjointed at times. The male reader was excellent. He had a magnificent voice and was absolutely believable.


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

    No. It was easy to listen in chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    Very seldom does a book make me cry, but this one really touched my heart. The author caught the emotion and drama of a struggling family with too many mouths to feed and too few resources. It's also a solidifies the fact that even imperfect parents can be loved by their children. A wonderful book.

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    Helen 03-06-13
    Helen 03-06-13

    running2remake

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    "Perfect for audio"

    I am glad that I listened to this book because I don't think I could have stuck with it in print. Given the Oprah connection, I am happy to have it in my library. Parts of it I loved, but other parts....

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    trudy bellevue, michigan, United States 03-05-13
    trudy bellevue, michigan, United States 03-05-13
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    "good book"
    Would you try another book from Ayana Mathis and/or the narrators?

    possibly


    What other book might you compare The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) to and why?

    angelou mayas Blue


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    the different voices and readers was effective....


    Could you see The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no...too complex...too many characters


    Any additional comments?

    I'm tired of the constant theme of Oprahs bookclub....the Black plight.

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    dkteacup LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA, United States 03-04-13
    dkteacup LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA, United States 03-04-13
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    "great performance...book needed more"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There was no redeeming character throughout the book... no positives in the picture of society it painted. I know their lives were very difficult but wish the author had more compassion for the characters.


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    Wendy Spring, Tx, United States 03-04-13
    Wendy Spring, Tx, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful Reading"
    If you could sum up The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging Beautiful Sad


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved hearing the narrator read the accents that sound like home (I live far away now). Her voice is beautiful and easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend

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    L. Abernathy 03-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "DISAPPOINTING"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's potential


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayana Mathis again?

    maybe


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

    yes. The narration can't save a poorly written story from itself.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Probably but they were swallowed by the negatives and lost like the story was.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read other stories in which there were multiple family members over a period of time and they kept some thread tying them together. It jumped from one child to another and the story of the first one was as a young man after the death of her twins; it was almost over before realizing he was one of her children. I think he was mentioned once again near the end but was never a part of the rest of his siblings or her life. Then I thought each one was going to be a character portrayal and eventually lead to something. It did, The end.

    If you like that kind of story try SOME SING, SOME CRY. It's extremely long covering 3-4 generations but it worked. I got to know the characters and they kept relating to each other both directly, and in time, generationally as well. This bvook missed the mark.

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    Debra United States 02-26-13
    Debra United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Nothing Finished"
    What would have made The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) better?

    If I could have known what happened to the children as thay became adults. Like the baby by Lawrence, what became of her. It's as if all were crazy and had several problems. To me it seemed like the book was abridged and not unabridged.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayana Mathis again?

    Probably


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None of scene was very memorable for me, usually I can remember the characters names but about the only name I remember is Hattie.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)?

    I really don't remember to many scenes, maybe the one when Hattie left with the baby


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Lillian Pearl River, LA, United States 02-21-13
    Lillian Pearl River, LA, United States 02-21-13

    There is always that one thing.

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    "Horrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can not imagine anyone being able to follow this story


    What was most disappointing about Ayana Mathis’s story?

    Disjointed story, i was lost and could not keep my place. i had to keep backing up and still could not figure out what she was talking about.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danee C Jones-Mitchell 02-14-13 Member Since 2010

    Audible Enthusiast who loves to read but can't keep my eyes open long enough to enjoy a hard copy!

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    "Felt each character!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the brief yet extensive visit with each character. Although set in a particular time period, the characterizations, situations, and reactions were timeless. I cared about each one of character because I understood them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that I had an opportunity to get to know Hattie and her husband first. Also the all the complexities of the "why's" that created the "who" that drove the "what" were not made evident all at once. I understood her and them little by little through relationship (which shape us all).


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

    Adenrele and Bahni are my favorites and this performance was stellar (as expected!)


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

    I listen as I drive.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted the ending to wrap up differently although I was not disappointed.

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    Lori HAMPTON, VA, United States 02-14-13
    Lori HAMPTON, VA, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I can't believe this is a first novel"

    I Have been a member for several years and this is probably the best book I have purchased. The author's use of the language is amazing. I have already started recommending it to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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