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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.

  • Anonymous

    It was okay. Nothing overly exciting; sloooow build. To me it felt a bit like ‘Where the crawdads sing’ meets ‘The Great Alone’ (with a library setting). The narration was terrific!

  • Dan M.

    I love reading books based in historical settings especially when there is an element a facts. This one is just that with interesting characters and a good story line.

  • Anonymous

    More than half this book was slow and boring. I get she wants to develop these characters but it went on too long. I barely made it thru to the interesting parts and even then it wasn't that Intersting.

  • Elizabeth D.

    Fairly predictable and a bit melodramatic.

  • 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.

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