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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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    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


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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.

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    Judi W 02-12-13
    Judi W 02-12-13

    Judi W

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    "Sad and sorry characters"
    What would have made The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) better?

    More sympathetic characters. Haggard Hattie and sorry children. I usually buzz through books, but after six weeks I had only listened to 40 or so chapters (out of more than a hundred.) Couldn't figure what Oprah thought was so great....I was up to the 3rd child (after the twins deaths) and decided that it was too depressing to continue..

    Life is too short to spend any more time on characters I don't care about.


    Has The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    What genre was it supposed to be??


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

    I only heard one narrator in the time I spent with the audiobook and she was fine. No problem with the narration..


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definite disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope Oprah gets over this kind of reading.

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    Brown-Skinned Woman New York, New York 02-12-13
    Brown-Skinned Woman New York, New York 02-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "True to Life but at What Cost ?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) to be better than the print version?

    N/A I have not "read" the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)?

    Too numerous to single out one


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

    I suppose Hattie's granddaughter ...the only character that revealed hope for the future


    If you could take any character from The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hattie, because she was so true to life of a great many struggling,"great migration" African American women of her generation. My question would be ..why so many children ? was she in some way trying to replace the lost first borns and thus her ability to feel and express tenderness for her children ?


    Any additional comments?

    Difficult listen, very sad but no doubt excellently written. I've had a friend comment that it was also a difficult read. As a 60+ year old African- American daughter of working class "Great Migration"parents I can attest that the 30+ yr old author was so very " on target" with her knowledge of the language, cultural nuances and experiences.This was indeed gratifying. Nevertheless, I found myself feeling depressed in anticipation of the future for the vast majority of her characters. Thus, I'm Not sure if I'd want to revisit them. Yes, life can be/was a struggle for Hattie's generation and many of their offspring but there were/are positive moments that sustain and there were too few depicted in this collection of stories. Also, though they were all adequate I would have preferred that the multiple narrators narrate the characters by gender or for some apparent reason. Otherwise I'm not clear as to why three narrators were used.

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    Emily Savino Philadelphia, PA United States 02-11-13
    Emily Savino Philadelphia, PA United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I wanted to listen to it in one sitting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was very intriguing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hattie. I kept trying to figure her out.


    If you could rename The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0), what would you call it?

    dealing with the cards you are dealt.


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    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 02-11-13
    Anne SANTA FE, NM, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Narrator ruined the story."

    OK. I'm disappointed. The narrators sing-songy style narration ruined this book for me. She also had such poor phrasing that often the story didn't make sense.

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