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The Hate U Give Audiobook

The Hate U Give

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Every now and then a book comes along that speaks to your soul. Angie Thomas' debut novel, The Hate U Give, is one such book. Each editor here has listened, and the feeling afterwards is unanimous - this is one of the best performances we've ever encountered. Thomas' message is both timely and transcendent. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this book is important, necessary, fearless, and, quite simply, stunning.

Narrator Bahni Turpin manages to give voice to such a broad and rich cast of characters, each with their own authentic perspective, demonstrating the power of performance to bring new depth to a complex social issue.

We believe this is truly the definition of required listening.

-The Audible Editors

Publisher's Summary

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas' searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does - or does not - say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

©2017 Angela Thomas (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"[Narrator Bahni] Turpin's portrayals of all the characters are rich and deep, environments are evocatively described, and Starr's fraught struggles to understand life's complexities are believable." (AudioFile)

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    Ed Shepherdson 03-28-17 Member Since 2017

    Perpetual student of learning.

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    "Raw Reality!"

    In this world in all societies, there are givers and takers whether you are on Wall St. or you are in some inner city ghetto. Human nature is so heavily influenced by our surroundings that once engulfed it is so hard to get out and make significant changes. The reality of this book is that it takes tremendous courage to stand for who you are and what you believe when there is so much pressure around you to go with the flow. I thought Angie Thomas did a brilliant job of highlighting the day to day courage required by all of us in embracing race, society, and local community to create a peaceful world. Love needs to connect with the color of our blood regardless of the color of our skin.

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    Michael - Audible 06-14-17 Member Since 2017

    Editor at Audible -- I like self-dev, Sci-Fi, and Fiction that leans a little bit towards literary.

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    "What a story!"

    I'm not normally into YA, but I don't know if you would categorize this book as such, and you definitely couldn't pigeonhole into that one genre. It is something of an allegorical tale about the black lives matter movement, and racist police brutality.

    But it's not just a diatribe about what is wrong with the world, and the way things should be. That's where Angie Thomas shines, she doesn't sacrifice her story or sense of character development to send a message. This is a real, holistic story about a young woman's coming of age in a fulcrum of racial and political strife, all while confronting the standard and not-so-standard complications of teenage life: communication issues, identity, family, and responsibility.

    Bahni Turpin does a miraculous job giving these characters the voice they deserve. There is a lot of style behind the dialogue that I could see might be hard to pull off, but she does it with ease and it draws you that much more into the story.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    joe spindler 06-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A MUST Read for a better society!"

    As an English teacher, I have read many, many novels, and this is officially the top of my list as one I would have EVERY student of mine read, and every member of our society, if I could! The perspective Angie Thomas gives in this is exactly one that EVERYONE should hear, understand, and be culturally conscious of. Also, as a lover of audiobooks (and very picky), Bahni Turpin KILLED this performance; I didn't want to shut this book off. The pacing of this novel was perfect. All of the characters felt real and relatable. The best part was the depth of the theme and the way the title is an allusion, a symbol, and an allegory -- if I could give more than 5 stars I would. So read this, then go be the change.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia - Audible NJ, United States 05-15-17
    Tricia - Audible NJ, United States 05-15-17 Member Since 2010

    Audible Editor constantly in search of my next great listen.

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    "Star Carter - Every-Girl & Superhero"

    For the past week or so, I’ve gotten in my car each morning, turned the key, connected phone to stereo, and thought to myself, “it’s time to check in with Star, I wonder what’s happening with her today?” I love this kid, this sixteen-year-old black girl whose inner life has become a central part of my every day. The struggles she faces – the unimaginable losses, overwhelming fear of very real threats, and the universally shared stresses of high school in America – are so authentic that it feels like I’m living her life beside her as events unfold. This is a now story. A today story. A story that feels like you just might be able to effect the outcome if you will it hard enough. I’m not quite done listening, and I really don’t want to ever be done listening. But even without knowing the end, having gotten to know Star Carter, I’m left with a new kind of hope for the future. Thank you, Angie Thomas, for creating her.

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 03-22-17
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 03-22-17 Member Since 2010

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    "Amazing, powerful novel for teens and adults"

    This book starts out with the feel of a Young Adult novel. If it was written for that genre, it quickly transcends it. It is the story of a 16 year old girl, Star, who is a witness to a police shooting that results in the death of her friend. It is narrated by Star, a girl who straddles two worlds - her dangerous inner city neighborhood and her elite, mostly white private school. Star is so believable, as is Star's family and friend groups. The story is riveting, disturbing, sweet, and hopeful. I feel like I have been part of her special and totally believable family. The reader is great. I can't say enough good things about this book. I love coming-of-age novels, and this is a great one. I recommend it for teens and adults, male and female. I am an older white man, and I chose this book because I teach a diverse student body. I thought it might give me better perspective. This important book did do that, and so much more.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    marniemich 05-22-17
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    "A tour de force to be reckoned with"

    An instant classic. The audio is so pitch perfect, I wholly recommend reading the book with ears instead of eyes. Why is it categorized as "young adult" fiction just because it is told from the perspective of s teenager? The plot, the characters, the word pictures, the dialogue-- all are highly sophisticated.

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    barb temple cithy, CA, United States 04-29-17
    barb temple cithy, CA, United States 04-29-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent, insightful story."
    If you could sum up The Hate U Give in three words, what would they be?

    Best narrator ever!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Star, was my favorite character because the author ingeniously shows us the frustration and confusion she deals with as she tries to make sense of the double-sided racism in both the black and the white worlds she lives in.


    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

    The narrator nailed it with the character Goon. I was surprised that toward the end of the story she had yet another version of "hood speak" that made Goon stand out as the as the bad boy from the "hood" with a big personality and a bigger heart.


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

    Every paragraph in the book seemed to have insight to the confusion and angst of teenage life that the main character, Star, faces on a daily basis. I couldn't wait to find out how she would deal with each upcoming conundrum as she maneuvers along this unusually difficult path from youth to maturity.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to go back to my computer to see that this story was narrated by only one person. I am amazed at how Turpin made each character come to life. I always knew who was speaking because each voice was so unique to the character. This narrator has some serious talent!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea Bartley 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing"

    I loved this. I was heartbroken, touched, and inspired. The narrator had me connected to each character's distinct personality, while the author had me... enthralled. I don't even know how to describe it.
    This is the book of the moment.

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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 06-19-17
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 06-19-17 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Subtitle: The death of Philando Castile"

    This book starts out like many YA books -- and that's not a compliment since it's admittedly one of my least favorite genres. About an hour into it, I thought about abandoning it for something else with more heft. If I had, it would have been my loss. Once this book hit its stride, it became relevant to now -- especially here where I live. The death of Philando Castile and the recent verdict is our local news. This book hits home.

    I can't say this explored new territory -- it didn't. But the way it explored current issues is different. There's a feeling of authenticity that I very much appreciated. The YA part comes out in the way the people talk and think. That's really refreshing.

    There's always a difference in perspective after a tragedy. Though almost comic in its Valley Girl delivery, this author made the utter ridiculousness of some opinions blazingly obvious. She also took on the nuanced views with aplomb. It's all there. I found myself examining my own thoughts and conclusions about recent events and I'm not really pleased with some of it. I can do better. Like I said: this book hits home.

    I live in a diverse, colorful neighborhood. The problems we face -- like those in this book -- are complicated. While I don't have any answers or solutions, I do know that we need every bit of light shining on the issues to gain more understanding. This book does exactly that. Brilliantly.

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    Sandra San Diego, CA, United States 03-10-17
    Sandra San Diego, CA, United States 03-10-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Should be required reading"

    This story had me from the very start and never let go. I LOL and cried out loud. The character development was on point and the timely political and cultural significance of Khalils' life and Stars' voice cannot be under stated. As an adult with a teenager, this genre is important to me, but this book is definitely NOT just teen genre! You will NOT be disappointed. I wish every parent and teen, especially the privileged, would read this book and open their heart and minds. Great, great story!!

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful

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