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As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life.
©1982 Alice Walker (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC
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By Juanita on 01-27-15


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have listened to other books with similar themes but find this very disappointing.

What could Alice Walker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not sure.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Perhaps a different narrator would provide better expression than the author did.

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By Linda on 04-02-12

Very moving

Would you consider the audio edition of The Color Purple to be better than the print version?

This is one of those audiobooks that was a joy to listen to. I can't imagine that Alice Walker's words on the page could match those same words straight from her heart.

What does Alice Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Staggering emotion. Lovely.

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By Cross Stitcher on 04-08-13


Before 'The Help' there was The Color Purple. A book that will stay with you for a long time. It is made far more meaningful as it is beautifully narrated by the author, so you know that the spoken nuances and inflections are exactly what Alice Walker wanted to convey. In her acknowledgements, she thanks the characters of the book for coming, and that is how the book develops, the characters, telling their interweaving stories of hopes, heartaches, love, rejection and destiny. Delightful.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

By Sophie Tomms on 08-09-16

A classic

We were heading to NYC and had booked tickets for a musical version of The Color Purple on Broadway so I thought I'd read the book first.
Miss Celie tells her story, which moves along quickly, and through her eyes the characters are brought to life. It is brilliantly narrated and is the sort of book that lives with you long after it is finished. It is a story of a harsh life but it is not without humour or beauty.

The musical is fantastic, too, by the way.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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By Pinella on 11-14-16

I loved this and am planning to listen to it again

Beautifully crafted book showing artless, genuine, fabulously real, intellectual, understanding and forgiving people. Above all I cried and cheered with happiness at the end. So much better than the movie.

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By DeD on 10-01-16

What an incredible story!

There are books that you know you are supposed to read, but you don't know why. This was one for me. I put it off for such a long time, then finally decided to give it a go. I could always return it if it was bad. It was incredible. I feel like I was asleep before I read this book, and my eyes have only just opened.

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