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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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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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A classic novel

I never tire of connecting with this story, whether it is through the film, the book, and now the narration (by Alice Walker herself...perfect!)

I love the characterization and the storylines: Walker is an amazing writer.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ms. Blacq
  • 2019-10-13

way better than the movie

I read this book as a girl and so much went over my head. now as an matured woman I caught it all, I think... I'll read again in 20 years to see what i missed this go around. best book I've ever read.

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  • Ashley N. Martin
  • 2019-09-11

Absolutely WONDERFUL!!

Listening to the book gives you so much more insight than the movie! Never thought I would say this, I'd rather read the book than look at the movie!!!

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  • Sharon D. Eicher
  • 2019-08-25

Raw Transparency

Narrated by the author, this story felt like I was part of an intimate setting with a friend who told of the journey of her life.

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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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  • 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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  • Sara Brunner
  • 2019-11-16

WOW

This book is incredible. Hearing the author read it though... you can feel it instead of just listening.