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White Oleander

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Janet Fitch

Narrated By: Oprah Winfrey

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: September 2006

Duration: 6 hours 23 minutes

Summary:

Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery - but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes and her efforts to find a place for herself in impossible circumstances. Each home is its own universe, with a new set of laws and lessons to be learned. With determination and humor, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can become. Oprah Winfrey enjoyed this gripping first novel so much that she not only made it her book club pick, she asked if she could narrate the audio release.

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  • Debra M

    Keeps one entranced, although some parts were a little predictable. Oprah does a wonderful job (who's surprised?)

  • Mallory S

    Great read. Beatifully written. The main characters changes throughout from beginning to end keep the mind wandering on who she will become. Was not thrilled with the abrupt end but understand the shadowing of what was to come.

  • Rosa L

    The book is wonderful however, the only version available through Audiobooks is the abridged (shortened) version. If you’ve already heard the audiobook, I encourage you read the actual book as there were so many chapters left out.

  • Sandy Y

    Loved this book! Oprah is an amazing narrator. I felt hypnotized by the prose and the unfolding of the characters. I highly recommend this read to any Oprah fans out there!

  • Kristi G

    Great listening to Oprah, will go out

  • Melissa Villa

    A huge disappointment! So much was left out, just watch the movie.

  • Sharon Hicks

    Good read!

  • Kaley Millan

    Very well written novel. Strongly recommend to the courious reader.

  • Debra McGrath

    I loved this story. And I loved Oprah's reading of it.

  • Cynthia Sanchez

    Such a great book, I need to see the movie.