The Giver of Stars

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jojo Moyes
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Contemporary Women
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: October 2019
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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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. 


Reviews (70)


Written by Whittney L. on August 8th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of my all time favorite novels. Brought me to tears a number of times. Vivid imagery, dynamic characters and relationships, she really takes you there.


Written by Anonymous on August 7th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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!

Written by Dan M. on July 30th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Anonymous on July 30th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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.


Written by Elizabeth D. on July 27th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Fairly predictable and a bit melodramatic.

Written by David S. on July 12th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome book.....

Written by Lara P. on July 9th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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!


Written by Lesley T. on July 5th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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

Written by Diana H. on July 5th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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?

Written by Kristen N. on June 28th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Moyes, Jojo

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist and journalist. She is one of only a few authors to have twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association and has been translated into eleven different languages.