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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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  • J. S.
  • California - United States
  • 03-09-10

A True Dose of Reality . . .

I purchased this book and had it sitting on my iPod to listen to . . but decided after watching the Academy Awards on Sunday to listen to it before I rented and watched the movie. And I was not disappointed . . although the language is raw . . the feeling is real. And the further you get into the story . . . you realize it's not just about being black, poor or the result of a system of well-fare that frequently instead of helping people . . only makes them more dependent and promotes fraud. It also reminds us of a society that preys on females . . . and that abuse crosses all color barriers. And it's the story of one girl's ability to overcome all of these barriers . . . and develop into a whole person. A truly inspirational story . . . now I'm looking forward to watching the movie based on it as well.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • Fort Oglethorpe, GA, United States
  • 12-27-09

Emotional Rollercoaster

It's hard to find the words that can describe the feelings brought about by this book. Anger doesn't seem to be quite right, nor does sadness. Precious is a product of her environment, which is a product of our society. Her tale is gut-wrenching and all too real.

After you've recovered from the horrors in this book, you want to jump up and take action against all the forces involved in creating the situation in which Precious lives.

This book is a must for everyone - especially educators and anyone else working with underprivileged and/or abused children.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Narration!

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

Precious (Push) is one of those books that makes you think about your life in totally different terms. The struggles of the main character are hard to inagine for many of us. Her strength and endurance despite those circumstances are more than just a feel-good. In fact this is not a feel-good book, but it will make your head spin and remember when you had dreams of a better future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Precious?

When she first starts learning to use a journal and then developing an amazing relationship of support with her teacher. When she refuses to let her mother take over her existence again.

What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

Amazing. This is a hard character to imagine off the page, but the narrator really captures the character's voice and is truly excellent. She does an amazing job with this.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended, even if you've already read the print version.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sophia
  • everett, WA, USA
  • 12-21-09


I got this not knowing much about the writer or story. Just kept hearing the Oscar buzz for it. I can not express enough how heart wrenching gutting and somehow drizzled with hope this journey has been. I have cried, cheered and have been taken on a journey through the narrators voice. The language is real, raw unrepentant. Days later I'm still thinking of Precious...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic narration

As soon as I listed to the sample I knew I had to download this. The narrator is stunningly talented and the book is gripping. Highly recommend.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Akisha
  • katy, TX, USA
  • 11-14-09

This was good

First audio book and this was good!!!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Lindsay
  • san angelo, TX, USA
  • 11-10-09

Very engaging. A must download!

This is a very moving story of triumph over tragedy. If you download one audiobook this year, let this be the one.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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This is such a great book. No it wasn't deep and it wasn't long but it made its point very clear. The movie was good but the book is great. I felt like I was walking with Precious through all of her issues.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An Extraordinary Life

This young lady is unique and extraordinary because all despicable behavior that humans can inflict, she experienced first hand. It took me awhile to listen to the book, because I could not stop crying. I thought my childhood was awful, this is the most awful case of child abuse,everyone has failed Precious. I am dumbfounded that Precious states in the last part of her book, "I don't hate no one". I really do not know if I could not hate after living thru abuse such as what she lived. She is truly a wonderful person.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucinda
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 12-24-09

Brutal and Beautiful

This was a brutal listen. At an early point I wasn't sure that I would get through it and then I realized I couldn't possibly not listen. Beautifully read, very poetic. Gripping.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful