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Publisher's Summary

For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.
©2009 Sapphire; (P)2009 Random House

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  • Keppy
  • indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 12-16-13

Great Book Heartbreaking Content

Would you listen to Precious again? Why?

After having watched the movie years ago, I decided to listen to the book when it showed up on my recommended list. It was hard to listen to at times, because the content was so rough, but I enjoyed it overall. I'm not sure I would listen again, only because hearing those awful things people did to Precious was enough.

What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

I love Bahni Turpin. I've listened to several of her recordings, and so far she has yet to disappoint.

If you could take any character from Precious out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Maybe her mom, just to knock her out.

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  • Frann
  • STOCKBRIDGE, MI, United States
  • 12-20-12

A sad glimpse into an inner city culture

The book was sad & at times horrifying. It's a glimpse into a completely different world then most of us even realize exists. It did leave me contemplating how our society offers no real solutions for a whole culture of people so I would say it was thought provoking and well read.

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  • Miranda
  • Christnach, Luxembourg
  • 05-08-12

Just could not get into it

What would have made Precious better?

I had to stop listening to this book after a few pages. The voice was annoying and it just didn't grip me.

Has Precious turned you off from other books in this genre?

no.

What didn’t you like about Bahni Turpin’s performance?

the voice

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  • Sherry
  • gulfport, MS, United States
  • 03-19-12

was better than watching the movie.

What made the experience of listening to Precious the most enjoyable?

was narrated wonderful,could picture it in my mind,have seen the movie but this book was so much better

What did you like best about this story?

all of it

Which scene was your favorite?

when she finally walked out

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

yes

Any additional comments?

was sad,yet happy

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  • Jonetta
  • Fredericksburg, VA, United States
  • 12-27-11

I will listen to anything Bahni Turpin narrates!

What made the experience of listening to Precious the most enjoyable?

Bahni Turpin is hands down my favorite narrator on Audible. I have others that I enjoy as well, but in my opinion, no one brings a story to life in quite the way she does. She is not just a story reader, but a true actress in the way she brings the characters to life. This is the second story I've listened to that she has narrated and all I can say is

What was one of the most memorable moments of Precious?

The whole thing. It moved me from beginning to end. Makes my heart break and rejoice.

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

I listened to her narrate

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

Both!

Any additional comments?

This book has many sad and disturbing parts. If you are sensitive to foul language or sexual descriptions, do not read this book.

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'Unforgettable'...and I'd really like to!

What a lost opportunity. Having seen the previews for the movie, and hearing the accolades, I bought this book to hear a story of triumph out of tragedy, of beauty out of ugliness, only to find uncomparable tragedy and ugliness within the book itself. This book sickened me. It didn't have to, it could have been written with an eye to enlighten the reader without being as uncouth and tasteless as it's subject matter. Again, what a lost opportunity...

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  • Renee
  • Racine, WI, United States
  • 07-21-10

it was ok

More detailed than the movie, which was great. But all that abcdefghijklmnop stuff with the ghetto accent was a little annoying

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Fantastic!

Great book, great narrator. I cried several times!

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Touching, inspiring, amazing

Precious is an amazing girl! I wanted to hold her and protect her, cheer her on to give her strength. She is just an inspiring girl! I was crying and laughing, hoping and praying for her all at the same time! I recommend everyone read this!

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  • Stephanie
  • Tupelo, MS, United States
  • 04-13-10

DID NOT LIKE.

I know I'm probably not in the majority on this review but I just didn't like this book. The way she talks just gets annoying after a while. You'd think that as she starts to learn correct English and grammar and whatnot that she'd begin to speak correctly -- or at least somewhat correctly, but she doesn't and it kind of gets annoying. I mean I felt sorry for the girl and I was glad that she found a way out of her situation but some of the content was just vulgar and overall gross.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful