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The Color Purple Audiobook

The Color Purple

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The Color Purple is a story of survival, spirituality, and the strength of the bond between two sisters, spanning two continents and nearly three decades. To hear Alice Walker read her own Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is an absolute treasure. Walker’s voice is clear, strong, and true — a testament to the courage and hope that carries the main character Celie through the story.

Celie’s circumstances are unimaginable — poor, female, uneducated, motherless, and African American in the Deep South — she is without anyone to protect her, except her God. It is her communication with God — and her other savior, her sister Nettie — that sustains her and supplies the narrative of The Color Purple. At the beginning of the novel, Celie’s communication with both God and Nettie is one-way, however, as Nettie has been swept away from her, all the way to Africa, and God sends her few signs he is watching over her.

As Celie survives sexual abuse from her stepfather, the death of her mother, the violent loss of her two children, and marriage to the monstrous and cruel “Mister”, she remains kind and loving through it all. When the beautiful and liberated singer Shug Avery comes into her life, Celie is opened up. Shug tells Celie, “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” Someone other than Nettie finally loves Celie, and she begins to truly see the beauty around her and believe her life is worth something.

In the preface, Walker says The Color Purple is the story of Celie’s journey from her place as “a spiritual captive” to “the realization that she…is a radiant expression…of the Divine”. Throughout the novel, Walker’s voice audibly breaks free of the bonds of abuse and cruelty into the freedom of spirituality and peace. It is almost as if Walker’s voice contains within each note the whole of the African American experience — encapsulated in the courage and triumph of Celie’s story. —Sarah Evans Hogeboom

Publisher's Summary

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.

Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her, and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend, Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

©1982 Alice Walker (P)2009 Alice Walker and Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 1983

"[A] striking and consummately well-written novel." (New York Times Book Review)

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    Would you listen to The Color Purple again? Why?

    Of course I would! The Color Purple was a beautiful story. One a the things that this book teaches you is "Even though it seems rough now, keep praying and smiling cause it only gets better".


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

    The most memorable moments were the back to back letters being sent from Netty and Celie.


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    The Color Purple....


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    Grace Marie Norberg 06-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Most important book I've ever read"

    This book profoundly illustrates not just life as a black woman in the south post-slavery, but also the human condition, struggling for purpose and connection, overcoming oppression, and highlights the fact that relationships are what we strive for the most. As an intersectional feminist, this is the most important book I've ever read. This should be on everyone's required reading list!

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    "Fantastic"

    This book was so incredible. It truly was much better than the movie. The author's reading made it come to life.

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    It was so much better than the movie! I loved it.... explained so much more.

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    "great story!!! The narrator was so good."

    loved it! great story loved the story and narrator. i would gladly recommend to all!!!

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    "first time the movie was better than the book"

    this has always been one of my favorite movies so I was excited to get the book. very disappointed in the writing style, make the story drag on with no real feel for the characters or anything. thumbs down, sorry to say.

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    AMBER 05-04-17
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    "beautiful story."

    I loved the story, wish they had different voices for different characters. would be much more interesting.

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    "Of course better than the movie!!!"

    The Movie is an African-American classic. The should be a treasure!!! Thanks to audible. Yeah.

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    Aishah Stephenson 05-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Omg must read"

    I saw the movie as a child, but never read the book. This was my first time, and now I want to actually read it! My god this book is jam packed with meaning, soul, and discovery. I love how Alice weaves in the culture and society during this time, along with the intricacies and messiness of black American families. I'm also thankful to Alice for her work in memorializing the ultimate Muse Zora Neale Hurston, and I can sense her inspiration in the way this story is woven. Amen!!!

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    Jennifer Taylor WI, USA 05-04-17
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    It's a good book, just get it and you will not regret it once bit

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