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The Color Purple

Written by: Alice Walker
Narrated by: Alice Walker
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.

In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning 20 years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all

The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award-nominated film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation) and remains a wrenching - yet intensely uplifting - experience for new generations of listeners.

©1982 Alice Walker (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • NP
  • 2019-03-06

Classic

Wonderfully written and narrated. It took me a long time to get around to experiencing this book. And I’m so happy I finally did.
Amazing. The rollercoaster of feelings I felt for the characters and subject matter were astounding. There were moments of rage and deep sorrow and relief.
Thank you Alice Walker. Thank you.

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AMAZING performance.

absolutely loved the author's narration. her accent was such a joy to listen to. the book is stunning on it's own. just beautiful. so powerful.

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  • Precious Honey
  • 2019-01-09

In depth

having only ever seen the movie it was nice to have a more in-depth fleshed-out look at all of the characters things that are hinted at in the movie play all the way out in the book very much worth the credit

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-14

spectacular

The narration itself itself is remarkable. Lyrical, subtle and warm. The characters seem full and on the blind cusp of their own unfolding experiences.
Sectacular story as well as audio production.

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  • Zelda
  • 2019-02-13

what the heart wants

saw the movie years ago but as usual the movie left out some pretty important details.

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  • Patti
  • 2019-05-10

what an amazing story, its an emotional love story

A true love story about how deeply we love the people in our life. the authors narration was perfect!

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  • Melissa Hurwitz
  • 2019-08-05

Amazing. Fortifying. Beautiful.

How did I wait so long to read this? Much more uplifting than I could ever expect.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-05-04

Love this book

In beginning it was a heavy book to read but I stuck by it and I'm glad I did. This book is beautiful and tells an amazing story. I now understand why this book is to popular and was made into a musical. I can not recommend this book enough.

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  • Kim Henage
  • 2019-08-09

sad and heartwarming at the same time

I really enjoyed this especially from the middle to the end. made me want to be a better person

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-19

awesome listening to the story and enjoyed the ch.

i enjoyed listening to this story they had a way of keeping you envoled loved it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-13

Loved everything about this book.

Best book ever. I will read again. Loved it..I was taking into the book like I was there. Wish the movies was as good as the book..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-07

Disappointing Performance

This is the first time in my life that a movie has been better than the book. I don't want to be disrespectful but I have to be honest, The Great Alice Walker shouldn't have read this book...Terrible, just terrible. No life...She didn't even TRY to change her voice at all.