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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (865 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Walker Narrator: Alfre Woodard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9780739309643
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Kate has always been a wanderer. A well-published author, married many times, she has lived a life rich with explorations of the natural world and the human soul. Now, at fifty-seven, she leaves her lover, Yolo, to embark on a new excursion, one that begins on the Colorado River, proceeds through the past, and flows, inexorably, into the future. As Yolo begins his own parallel voyage, Kate encounters celibates and lovers, shamans and snakes, memories of family disaster and marital discord, and emerges at a place where nothing remains but love. 

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise Silk | 2/16/2014

    " very disappointing is all I can say. This would have been better as a non-fiction seeing-the-light kind of book. as a novel it seemed contrived and petty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vern | 2/12/2014

    " Alice Walker is in my top three authors but this book was not a favorite of mine. It was quite a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald Wise | 1/24/2014

    " A novel of which I learned through a conversation with Walker (23 April 2004) on KUOW's Weekday. This was a visit into two people's lives that provided timely insight and inspiration for me. One of those books which remind you of the human condition in which all those around us are living. I've added all Walker's other books to my reading list "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Labmom | 1/9/2014

    " If this book were not written by Alice Walker, who is a fantastic storyteller ususally, I would have stopped after the description of the main character's altar (Jesus next to Che). Apparently she writes menopausal, new age, soul-searching tripe now. Next time I want to read Walker, I'll go back to "The Color Purple" or "The Temple of my Familiar." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaspreet | 11/28/2013

    " The reader of this audio book was fabulous. I think it was Alfrie W. Even though, I enjyoed the book I felt at a loss for what to write in a review, so I decided to just simply say that it was nice to have this audio book in my car. The companionship of the reader's voice made me more excited to spend time in my car running errands and going to the gym. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casie | 11/5/2013

    " Reads like a travelogue so far. Funny and engaging. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer James | 11/3/2013

    " I couldn't finish this book. I had trouble following the chronology -- I got halfway through the book and still couldn't tell if the action was taking place before or after the first chapter. The characters' values and thought processes were so foreign to me that I had trouble following the action and dialog. That's an unusual experience for me, since I cut my teeth on speculative fiction. I usually like Alice Walker, which is why I picked this book up, but this one was just a little weird for me. Maybe I'll come back to it in 10 years or so and see if it makes any more sense to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 10/31/2013

    " Another dazzling story from the author of The Color Purple! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 10/17/2013

    " A lovely book by the lady who wrote The Color Purple. A spiritual journey into the heart. Thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Adcock | 10/9/2013

    " If you are at a point in your life that you are searching for something, you will readily identify with this book...especially women with a sense of adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nadia | 9/14/2013

    " I would have expected something more interesting but the start was boring and didn't find anything catchy or interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 9/11/2013

    " It was a good look at the more spiritual side of life, of our spiritual journeys... I think I'm still taking it in. I'll update this when more has come to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 9/11/2013

    " All I have to say is "I didn't get it". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rene Goliath | 8/25/2013

    " A bit out there, not an easy read, but very thought provoking. Very enjoyable though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Elizabeth | 8/21/2013

    " WOW! WOW! WOW! What a wonderful book...some of the experiences I have already had without eating the plant medicine. A book I will want to read again! THANKS Lynn! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/10/2013

    " A good book from a great writer. The end was a bit anti-climatic, but the first two-thirds were quite interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beccy | 12/11/2012

    " will read this a second time as there's quite a lot of deep stuff in there that warrants a second read. I found it quite thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tamarack | 10/24/2012

    " there were some oddly familiar passages at the beginning of this book, but by about the 2nd or 3rd disc it was new material. alice walker is always full of beautiful prose and insight, and this was no exception. if you aren't familiar with her writings than be warned it's pretty emo stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shivanee (Novel Niche) | 9/14/2012

    " By reading the separate, emotionally intertwined transformative journeys of the female protagonist and her lover, we are gently re-led down the path of belief that states, uncategorically, 'You can always change your life, if you so desire.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olive Oyama | 8/25/2012

    " Leave it to Alice Walker to title a book like this. A beautiful read. She never ceases to amaze me and open me up to new ideas, feelings, perceptions of the world, finding your own activism in whatever you care most passionately about "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrienna | 7/28/2012

    " I dont even remember the book, therefore, it must not be a good book. Normally, I will skim through the book if it is not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/11/2012

    " A beautiful book about the angst in our lives and using Buddhism to help cope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie Young | 3/24/2012

    " I have already read a good chunk of Walker's novels and short stories and the title of this book always appealed to me. Love the Womanistic theme and general holistic approach to life Walker takes, and this book is no exception. The 911 motif at the end is kind of odd, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 2/16/2012

    " I found the whole premise of this book to be hokey. Written as a pseudo-memoir of spiritual awakening, it hit a few too many well-trod new age notes, for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 karen | 1/29/2012

    " Loved it the first time and am loving it again. Needed me some Alice to nurture my soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 11/1/2011

    " I listened to this as an audiobook, and the beautiful prose made this a very fun way to read this book. But, I may need to get a hard copy now as the book is full of poignant quotes that I want to remember. I really enjoyed this book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 7/6/2011

    " Explore mind-expansion, connection with oneness, ancestors, the land, native cultures. Whether you like it might depend on your interest in/awareness of these explorations, including ayahuasca. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mona | 6/26/2011

    " so enjoy books that make me think "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 4/24/2011

    " Very much a women's issue book. Too much for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 4/12/2011

    " Alice Walker is one of my favourite authors and frankly, one of my favourite human beings alive right now. And this book had wonderful things to say. But I don't think she said them in a beautiful way. The book doesn't stand up well as a piece of fiction. But I still love Alice:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 2/11/2011

    " All I have to say is "I didn't get it". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casie | 9/20/2010

    " Reads like a travelogue so far. Funny and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 9/1/2010

    " I listened to this as an audiobook, and the beautiful prose made this a very fun way to read this book. But, I may need to get a hard copy now as the book is full of poignant quotes that I want to remember. I really enjoyed this book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasa | 8/18/2010

    " Ignore the title - sounds like a self-help book but it isn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vern | 2/12/2010

    " Alice Walker is in my top three authors but this book was not a favorite of mine. It was quite a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tamarack | 12/31/2009

    " there were some oddly familiar passages at the beginning of this book, but by about the 2nd or 3rd disc it was new material. alice walker is always full of beautiful prose and insight, and this was no exception. if you aren't familiar with her writings than be warned it's pretty emo stuff. "

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