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The Giver of Stars: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jojo Moyes

Narrated By: Julia Whelan

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: October 2019

Duration: 13 hours 53 minutes




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“I’ve been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling. . . It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together.” –Reese Witherspoon

From the author of Me Before You, set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.

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. 



  • Rita

    A beautifully written novel. All the women became my heroes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sharon H.

    wonderful read, story kept the reader wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Ruth S.

    A great read. These gals were spectacular! The story line kept you moving on. I loved the end!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • David S.

    Awesome book.....

  • Lara P.

    I loved this book; I’ve recommended it to all who will listen, and chase those who act deaf! The story is compelling and heartwarming; the narration was so engaging and charming! Queue it up!

  • Lesley T.

    I absolutely loved Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes. And the narrator was wonderful and captured every character with her voice.

  • Diana H.

    Great story telling. Inspiring strong women as part of history I have little exposure to. While a little melodramatic, I loved every minute and couldn’t stop listening. Kudos also to the narrator, who switched seamlessly from one character to another. Movie maybe?

  • Kristen N.

    This is a great story. If you have ever loved a book so much that you wish the world had to read it, this is the book for you. Fantastic narration and great characters make this touching story a 5 star.

  • Anonymous

    I loved every page of this book! The character’s are so deeply developed and very lovely women. I usually don’t read books twice, but I will this book!

  • Frank U.

    Liked it very interesting

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