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


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

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 (2)


Written by Terri D. on November 1st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I would give it 10 stars if I could. It is just so upsetting, frustrating and hard to think back to what life was for woman in general, for blacks and probably other ethnic people back in the early ‘30’s. This book bring these woman together and they share in employment, love and respect for each other...the author wrote with spirit, fun and interest which kept me listening and wanting more. The Narrator was amazing as well. Good accents are not easy to get right. She was spot on.


Written by Terrill R. on October 31st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

6 Stars!! Oh my goodness! This book was fun, feisty, and female empowering. It was also deeply heartbreaking and often frustrating while imagining a time that so many societal factors worked against African Americans, the poor, and especially women. In general, I’ve been an admirer of historical fiction that centered around the early 20th century, but The Great Depression had always been especially interesting. The setting of this particular Depression-era story was a geographical area I had yet to encounter in a historical, as well as featuring facts I’d yet learned about or at the least, not enough. That a novel which chronicled the inception of the Kentucky WPA Packhorse Library managed to move me in so many ways, was fairly incredible. The author did an amazing job showing the hard-earned strength and camaraderie within this group of women librarians. These heroines weren’t the staid and demure females often pictured as “librarians.” They were over-comers, adventurous, and tough in mind and spirit. A few of them only realized their strength after joining the venture. Although those female relationships were the backbone of this story, a couple of romantic subplots were also highlighted and made my heart swoon. Overall, The Giver of Stars was an accomplished story with the potential to reach many audiences as it touched on historical facts, injustices, romance, and basic human rights. This was definitely a top read of 2019! Notes on the audiobook: I mostly listened to the audio version of The Giver of Stars which was narrated by the always fabulous Julia Whelan. I've yet to listen to a story with this narrator that hasn't been incredibly performed. At times, this narrator has out-performed the material she's been given. In this case, both the written and spoken word were equally well done.

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.