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The Hate U Give Audiobook

The Hate U Give

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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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    Kindle Customer 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    This book was so well read - the performance was excellent. It saddens me that people are forced to live like that. Forced to do things they know are wrong.
    Lastly, the family dynamics are awesome!!
    Please write more books!!!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tina 03-11-17
    Tina 03-11-17
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    "This is now"

    The performance of this book was beautifully done. I love readers like Bonnie. Her voice is crisp, clear and emotional in all the right places.
    In light of all the racial unrest in the last several years this book is a good beginning to teach the current generations just what it's like to be on the "other side." No matter your race or beliefs, this is a must read book. There are serious issues raised here and the story tells of them in a clear manner.
    Thank you Angie Thomas for writing this. I hope you write more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pattio 03-09-17
    Pattio 03-09-17 Member Since 2017

    Book lover

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    "Not perfect but close"

    Actually I don't know how close to perfect this book is. The novel itself has some minor flaws (e.g. Male characters lack nuance) but keeping in mind that it's a YA first novel I wouldn't hesitate to universally recommend it. If you're a stickler about no curse or vulgar words, you might want to skip it. This would be your loss however. And although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I would argue that this is the way people talk these days and this story would be inauthentic (is that a word?) if it was "cleaned up".
    At any rate, the novel itself is very good, the message it conveys is essential in these times, but the thing that sends it to the top for me is Bahni Turpin's narration. I can see why she was awarded narrator of the year (not sure what year). Her voice is pleasing and lyrical to begin with, but after you're immersed in the story, she is so good that you don't really even notice her (which I consider the highest compliment to a narrator). She gets all the characters right, no matter their age, gender, race or socioeconomic background. I admire her so much that if she is the narrator for an Audible selection, the chances I will pick it go up like a thermometer on a hot day.
    So I say, use a credit on "The Hate U Give", enjoy it and then think about it.

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    Cristal H. my own world. 03-09-17
    Cristal H. my own world. 03-09-17 Member Since 2014

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    This is an outstanding story and an outstanding production. That's all I have to say.

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    D. M. Harrison Wisconsin, USA 03-08-17
    D. M. Harrison Wisconsin, USA 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "must read"

    This book is a very powerful, well told story. The narrator was perfect for the book. I could never pretend to understand the life and circumstances the characters in the story live, but I now have a greater awareness. It is an interesting, well told story that is entertaining, thought provoking and well written.

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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!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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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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    Barbara Jenkinsburg, GA, United States 03-03-17
    Barbara Jenkinsburg, GA, United States 03-03-17 Member Since 2012

    I'm an Audible junkie. I love a good story. I read all types of books. I have no genre that I won't check out.

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    "It's complicated"

    This story reminded me of growing up black in Utah.
    I learned early out how to play the role one way in public different at home.
    I found out at 7 from one of my girlfriends that I was a colored girl, different.
    Star faced the challenges of being herself and being excepted.
    Many of the issues she faced were common among young girls fitting in, saying
    no to the pressure to have sex. Women are always pushed to look happy and not appear angry. It goes to a whole nother level if you're a black female.
    The fear of law enforcement just adds to the stress.This a a real life view of what it
    means to be black in America. Education,class or gender dose not protect you
    From being suspect when driving or walking. This is a great story if you're not a WASP
    you're treated different, but the samething happens if you're over weight not within classical standard of beauty or gay. Everyone gets marginalized but it becomes deadly if you're black. The flustration is overwhelming and captured so well by the author. This book speaks to so much if your willing to listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Everyone should read this at least once"

    There isn't a single thing I could say that would do this book justice. Just read it. Just listen to it. Hear it.

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly excellent, a must read"

    This book is amazing. I don't think I've ever encountered a YA novel as excellent. READ IT

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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