Jun 042020

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The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 10-08-19
Language: English

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So, when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them – and to the men they love – becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic – a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

Soon to be a major motion picture!

I think anyone, especially women, who loves books or historical fiction or hf based on true events would love this book! I don’t think I’ve ever heard about Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky so this book was an eye opener. I like to think that if I was living in that area at that time, I too would have joined these women. I can’t imagine not having easy access to books.

The women were very brave, having to deal with people who didn’t want books loaned to their family members.  The mountains were hard to navigate and bad weather was a whole other issue. They had to memorize all their routes so they didn’t get lost, maybe forever.

Some of the women had personal things they had to deal with along with the worry of the trips, but they all were very strong and dealt with things as they came, and forged a friendship with each other that was a very strong sisterhood.

The descriptions of the area and what was going on brought this book alive. Julia Whelan did a great job with the narration.

I loved this book so much! It’s the first book by Moyes that I’ve read and now I want to read more.

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  18 Responses to “The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes”

  1. Vicki, The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes sounds like a wonderful audio book. I am glad that you loved listening to it. I will definitely keep it in mind. I read a different, compelling book by this author, Me Before You, and also saw the movie.

  2. This sounds great. I’ll probably listen – Julia Whelan always does a great job with narration.

  3. I had no idea it was based on true events. I think I read one other Moyes book and enjoyed it but never picked up another. Not even sure why.

    • You should Google Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky, it’s very interesting! I do that a lot with authors with the exception of a few. I love one of their books and even though I really want to read more of their books, I don’t. I’m trying to change that.

  4. I’ve only read one of her books, which I liked well enough. I think it was The One Plus One or something like that–it was several years ago. Anyway, glad you enjoyed this one!

  5. I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve read several of Jojo Moyes books and I really have enjoyed what I’ve read so far but this one sounds quite different from her usual stories.

  6. This sounds really good. I had it on my audio wishlist but, then I thought it might have too many characters and be confusing on audio? May add it back now.

  7. I keep heariing about this book was wasn’t sure I would like it. You wrote an excellent review and now I find it more appealing. So many books on my list!!

  8. I really enjoyed this book as well, then learned that much of it may be plagiarized. Ugh. I do think the subject matter is fascinating and the setting evoked deep feelings for me.

    • I didn’t know anything about the book may have been plagiarized until I read your comment. I can’t imagine Moyes doing that though. Now I want to listen to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

  9. I’ve read several books by Jojo Moyes so I’m eager to read this one soon! I knew it was bound to be good.

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