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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sapphire Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781415967188
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An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Precious recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/24/2011

    " I certainly have a better understanding of why so many girls end up on the street. This book was gritty and at times very difficult to read, but it was compelling because it was about real people for me. I really wanted to see Precious rise above the horrible life she had been dealt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamar | 5/24/2011

    " I thought it was a great book even though some parts were difficult to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daysha | 5/22/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. it shows struggles a girl faced growing up and how she overcame them. It teaches a really good lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lakenzwa | 5/22/2011

    " Everyday that I read this book, I just thought about the thousands of teenagers that have to deal with this. I read and read, because this book kept pulling me in. My sister talked me into reading and I did not want to, but the first page changed my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yi-fang | 5/21/2011

    " This is a book that effected me emotionally. 'Push' is about a teenage girl named Precious, who is in constant abuse by her mother. The book is written as if the reader is a witness to every action in Precious's life. This book is heart breaking in the beginning, and heart warming towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 5/17/2011

    " I read this in one day, it was more graphic than the film and left me unsettled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 5/16/2011

    " I can't say it was a bad book, but one that I wish I would have never read and have no intention of ever reading again. It was just too much for me... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M. | 5/16/2011

    " I gave this only three stars only because it was such a tough novel to read. I can't imagine the amount of sadness and abuse the main character struggle with. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but if someone asked me what I thought I would say to give it a try but to be prepared. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 5/15/2011

    " Graphic, repulsive, and I couldn't put it down! The growth of the main character is what makes this short novel so stunning. I'm going to have to see the movie now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 5/13/2011

    " This is a horribly tragic book. It made me want to cry and throw up all at once. As a future middle school teacher, this is not a book I would use in my classroom, but I think future teachers should read this book. It is very inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/11/2011

    " Heartbreaking. Are there really many kids like this? How do we save them? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 5/10/2011

    " Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, is the protagonist and recounts her story of hope as the world open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to read. A terrific book and a quick read - the story will stay with you long after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 5/9/2011

    " I found this too graphic in its descriptions, but really liked the story overall. Why do so many people think this is a true story? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Knottedheart | 5/3/2011

    " The language was hard for me to work with, but over all I am glad I read it. "

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About the Author
Author Sapphire

Sapphire is the author of two collections of poetry and the bestselling novel Push. The film adaption of her novel, Precious (2009), received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Grand Jury Prize and Audience awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In 2009 she was a recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship. She lives in New York City. 

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin has won seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.