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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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    Laura 07-10-13
    Laura 07-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I didn't care for this"

    I did not care much for this book. It seemed as though this book jumped around and it was sometimes hard to follow. I did not care for the narrators. I listened to this book up until the last chapter; at that point, I had had enough and wanted to listen to something I enjoyed more. Maybe this book would be more enjoyable if I read the book instead of listening to it. There are so many good books out there with amazing narrators! I was annoyed with myself that I used up a credit on this book. I do not recommend this.

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    Msafiri Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-27-13
    Msafiri Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Series of Short Stories"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book reads like a series of short stories that could have been better tied together. Hattie's story is interesting, we get enough of her story to emotionally invest in the character and to want more of her story. We do not get enough of the other character's stories to emotionally invest in their stories.


    What was most disappointing about Ayana Mathis’s story?

    The lack of character development


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

    Hattie


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

    Sadness


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    Kimmie 06-12-13
    Kimmie 06-12-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Much better then I anticipated!"

    This was a recommend read and I thought that I was not going to enjoy it, however it was a pretty good read. It starts out a little slow, but it gets a lot better. The narrative of the children and grandchildren lives tell the story of Hattie. Some chapters I went over again because I thought I missed something. Some of the characters just ends and leaves you hanging wondering what happens next with that person.

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    Sterling Splendor 06-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Another disappointing Oprah recommendation -"

    I generally don't like Oprah's recommendations. But this one came highly recommended, so I gave it a try. The narration was great. Very well done. The book may have been well-written, but was really a series short stories about people at perhaps the most miserable stages of their lives. The book was about Hattie's children, but I never really got a sense of them as a family, since each story was self-contained. Unless you're a true devotee of Oprah's recommendations, I wouldn't suggest this as a read for anyone.

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    Kindle Customer Philadelphia, PA 06-10-13
    Kindle Customer Philadelphia, PA 06-10-13 Member Since 2015

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    "well written but only fairly interesting"
    Would you try another book from Ayana Mathis and/or the narrators?

    Yes, she is a good writer and the narrators were excellent


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ayana Mathis? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I hope she writes a better story. Some parts of the book were interesting; others were just boring. I did not like Hattie and found very little growth in her maturity level.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's performance kept the book moving along, even the boring parts.


    Could you see The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, because there were no likable characters in the book.


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    Amazon Customer United States 06-06-13
    Amazon Customer United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the different characters"
    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?

    I started reading the book for my book club, but it didn't hold my attention enough to put aside chores in order to read it. When I downloaded the audiobook, I couldn't stop listening! So, yes, I would consider the audiobook better than print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the story was told by different characters in the book. It made the story more complete for me.


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

    No, I have never listened to other stories by these performers.


    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?

    I would take Floyd, the musician out to dinner because I love music. I would want to talk about the different places he has played and all of the interesting people he has encountered.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise East Point, GA, United States 05-07-13
    Denise East Point, GA, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story! Thoroughly enjoyed it!"
    If you could sum up The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) in three words, what would they be?

    The story was very entertaining, an easy read, the story kept you engaged throughout.


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

    The ending when Hattie realize that the cycle of hardships that surrounded her family had to be broken with her grand daughter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when she lost her twins, most memorable and sad. this was the catalyst of Hattie's depth of sadness.


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

    Yes, I had all sorts of feelings, sadness, mostly, for what her children experienced as a result of Hattie's issues.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, it give you a lot to think about, how people internalize deep rooted feelings that have a fundamental impact on others lives.

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    Dana Fairfield, CA, United States 05-02-13
    Dana Fairfield, CA, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you listen to The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) again? Why?

    This book was really good. Definitely worth the listen.


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

    When Hattie left her husband.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she came back from leaving here husband


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    Reader's Paradise Chicago, IL USA 04-30-13
    Reader's Paradise Chicago, IL USA 04-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Simply Unforgettable"

    What a remarkable story by first time author Anaya Mathis. We journey with Hattie Shepherd and her disconnected family as they fight for a connection with her.The story opens with her newborn twins Philadelphia and Jubilee’s death from pneumonia.

    As if the death of her children weren't enough Hattie’s comes to realize that her husband August, reveals himself to be a cheat and a piss poor provider. So Hattie finds happiness with another and leaves August and goes to Baltimore,but as fast as she leaves she returns, memories from her past quickly begin to prick her heart. You see, when a sick heart is longing for another it’s hard to love the ones you’re with, but it’s easier to become cold. Hattie’s children began to feel that coldness which moved into her heart, and they began to resent her.

    Will they come to terms with the fact that their mom cannot love them? Is it too much to ask children to understand that you are preparing them for the hurt in the world that is sure to come?

    Mathis writes a beautiful but sometimes heart wrenching story of overcoming life’s challenges. Very interesting story of family crisis, love and pain.



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    Jane 04-27-13
    Jane 04-27-13
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    "Quite possibly the worst book ever"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Great Gatsby


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

    The narrator's performance was the only enjoyable thing about this book.


    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)?

    If I were an editor, I would have sent the book back.


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