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  • The Color Purple

  • By: Alice Walker
  • Narrated by: Alice Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,229

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story!

  • By Nothing really matters on 06-12-14

The movie was not the whole story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's one of those classic must reads to begin with, but it's acclaim is well earned.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Color Purple?

I don't think I could choose because everything is so interwoven.

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

Obviously having the author of such a powerful and well known book read it in her own words is next level awesome. I really enjoyed that aspect and feel it gave me a certain level of comfort like I was being taken on a tour through the book the way she intended.

Who was the most memorable character of The Color Purple and why?

Suge Avery is such a strong and complex character that I think I would go with her.

Any additional comments?

Don't think you know this story just because you saw the movie. While all the characters are familiar all the subplot and some of the main story line is very different when you get the whole story.

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  • Church Folk

  • By: Michele Andrea Bowen
  • Narrated by: Denise Burse
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Weaving together the turbulent 1960s Civil Rights movement with the chaos within the Greater Hope Gospel United Church, Bowen carries a message of hope that transcends human failings. Young, handsome Rev. Theophilus Simmons and his new bride Essie settle into pastoral life as the "first couple" of the congregation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Anonymous User on 02-03-19

Clean, Christian nostalgia

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-16

What did you love best about Church Folk?

I enjoyed this book thoroughly, but I really enjoyed the way the author pulls you into this era and the circle of characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Church Folk?

The pastor's anniversary scene is my absolute favorite, but I don't want to share more and spoil it.

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

She pulled off the accents and multiple character voices very well. I feel she added a richness to the experience by playing up each characters personality.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

They ain't always been saved!

Any additional comments?

Church Folk is about all the good and the bad that can go on in the church. It's very true to life in the church now even though it takes place in the sixties. You really feel like you know all the characters personally and truly invested in what happens to them. It's a very entertaining story without being vulgar or overly sensational as seems to be a trend in some supposedly Christian books.

  • Coming of Age in Mississippi

  • By: Anne Moody
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Born to a poor couple who were tenant farmers on a plantation in Mississippi, Anne Moody lived through some of the most dangerous days of the pre-civil rights era in the South. The week before she began high school came the news of Emmet Till's lynching. Before then, she had "known the fear of hunger, hell, and the Devil. But now there was…the fear of being killed just because I was black." In that moment was born the passion for freedom and justice that would change her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping, Visceral Account of 1960's Reality

  • By Philomena on 01-03-13

Hard story to hear, but you should hear it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-16

If you could sum up Coming of Age in Mississippi in three words, what would they be?

This story is too important to be summed up in so few words.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming of Age in Mississippi?

The Woolworth sit in. The visual of the brutality and race based hate swirling around the mixed race group of protesters was very powerful and more so being that it is a first hand account.

Have you listened to any of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I believe I have, but I'm not sure.

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

I actually read this book for the first time in college and had to purchase a second copy because I wore the first one out. The listening experience is the same.

Any additional comments?

This is a definite must read! Outside of it's purpose as it applies to the history of the Civil Rights Movement, it is a very gripping story of a young girl's life. It is just a good read if you can't take anything else from it. I have loaned my hard copy out many times because I think it's that good and that important.

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  • Unbreak My Heart

  • A Memoir
  • By: Toni Braxton
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

While Toni Braxton may appear to be living a charmed life, hers is in fact a tumultuous story: A tale of personal triumph after a public unraveling. In her heartfelt memoir, the six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and star of WE tv's hit reality series Braxton Family Values is unapologetically honest in revealing the intimate details of her journey. Toni and the entire Braxton clan have become America's favorite musical family, but what fans may not know is the intense guilt Toni once felt when she accepted a recording deal that excluded her sisters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the content and story, but not narration...

  • By Elijah on 08-31-15

Loved the story, but the narrator...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to anyone and you don't even have to be a Toni Braxton fan to enjoy it. The book takes you through her parents first meeting to her awkward childhood to being signed by LA Reid and Babyface and even gets into the Braxton Family Values, her health issues and her sons Autism. I can't imagine that she held anything back with all that was shared in this story. It was excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Toni of course, but not just because it's her story, but because I found quite a few similarities between she and I that I would never have guessed.

Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Eller’s performances?

Absolutely not. I feel she did not do the book justice. She mispronounced simple words and her attempts to emote sounded like a teen in a school play. I would love to hear the book read by another narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found it to be a very emotional book and did laugh in places, but no actual tears.

Any additional comments?

It's definitely worth a read and/or listen even with the narrators deficiencies.

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  • The Etymologicon

  • A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689

The Etymologicon is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains: How you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why settle for the whole nine yards...

  • By Dubi on 12-21-15

The title says it all

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-16

If you could sum up The Etymologicon in three words, what would they be?

Light, humorous and informative.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author took a subject that could have been very boring and made it entertaining and easy to follow.

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

The narrators voice is very soothing and he conveys the tone of the book perfectly.

If you could give The Etymologicon a new subtitle, what would it be?

I definitely would not, the title really does suit the book.

Any additional comments?

It really does feel like a leisurely stroll through the origins of various words and phrases that you use or hear regularly. There were so many times during this book that I found myself saying: "That's where that comes from?" or "That's really interesting." My husband who usually finds my audiobooks boring actually enjoyed the parts he heard enough to ask me about it later. It is perfect for a long commute and stops and picks back up easily.