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The Color Purple

Written by: Alice Walker
Narrated by: Samira Wiley
Series: Color Purple, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 7 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, Sofia, 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 Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the ground-breaking 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)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • elizabeth h monzon
  • 2020-05-19

Wow!

This book and the performance of it was a gift... a treasure of immeasurable value. My mind, body and soul are better and more complete from having had the pleasure of experiencing it.

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  • Mrs.M
  • 2020-05-23

Amazingly Beautiful

This reading was everything. The best listen of my Audible life. Thank you for gracing us Ms. Wiley.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-05-29

Simply Captivating

Very well read... the narrator captures your attwntiin feom the first sentence through to the last... a must hear for everyone!

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  • Jody Gover
  • 2020-05-29

So great!

I wish I could listen again and again for the first time! Beautifully written and narrated.

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  • Jeannie Babcock
  • 2020-05-29

Stunning!

Such a powerful novel! A classic and the narration brought it to life. I'm going into a book coma now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-05-28

Love the Narrator

I thought The Color Purple would be a hard topic for me but Samira Wiley made it possible for me to love this literature masterpiece.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-05-28

Fantastic Read

My favorite book and movie, well done! reading it again. thank you. most entertaining yea.

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  • Mia Who Sings
  • 2020-05-27

Amazing

So beautifully read. Samira's voice and acting was perfect. Probably one of the best audio books I've ever heard! For some reason I have a hard time listening to books but her performance had me hooked from the beginning. Highly recommended!

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  • Michael D Smedley
  • 2020-05-27

Simply lovely.

I truly enjoyed listening to Samira Wiley’s performance of this wonderful book. I read it so long ago, I was curious to give it a listen. Wow. I was dumb when I read this the first time. Older and more enlightened, the relationships were complex.
Bravo, and thank you.

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  • MissAngel36
  • 2020-05-25

Hypnotized

10 stars! I was thoroughly engrossed the entire time... I've only ever seen the movie, and now that Samira has narrated the book, I just wanna say that what they say is true - the book is SOOO MUCH BETTER!!