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Winner of The National Book Award.

Brewster Place is a blind alley feeding into a dead end. Seven women have made their way there, each with her own story, her own goals and dreams.

©1980 Gloria Naylor (P)1993 Penguin HighBridge Audio

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  • Geneva, IL, United States
  • 11-07-17

Abridged!

The audio book is great, the performance is fine, and the atmosphere it creates is very on point to the book's tone... But it's missing giant chunks from the original book. I didn't realize this until I tried to read along and realized that it wasn't following it but skipping along almost at random. I don't know why it did this.

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good but wrong

good narration and fun story but it does not match the actual book. as a student it did not help me because it skips paragraphs and even pages in the reading quite often, probably every 10 minutes.

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Wonderfully written and performed

Gloria Naylor truly constructed a world full of women society makes invisible (often by choice). Black women who are subject to so many systems of racism and patriarchy, but still find a way to survive and live. Tonya Pinkins is an unsung talent in her ability to create a persona of each character, and truly weave her voice work in with the worlds of Naylor. This was awesomely sad, but I'm so glad I got to listen to these stories. It couldn't have been done better.

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Like poetry

Beautifully read. I do wish the audio could have removed the sounds of the reader’s mouth (lips/dry tongue/etc). It was distracting in the slower more poetic parts. But overall such a well written tale of the hardships some women endure and performed exquisitely.

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Great listen

not really into audio books but I really enjoyed this one. I've seen the mini series and this was very similar to it.

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Good story, excellent narration.

I really appreciated the way she went in to different voices for different characters.

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Love the book

This is one of my favorite movies. The book expands on each of the women. I truly enjoyed it.