I was very much looking forward to reading this book. Sadly the audio quality is so poor that it almost sounds as if this was recorded on audio cassette in 1985 with a cheap microphone. I turn the volume way up and I strained my ear to understand but it is hopeless. Returning for a refund.
This story is heartbreaking and beautiful. I was captivated from start to finish with virtually no sections where my mind wandered. Also, what a treat to have Toni Morrison read her own words!
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Beloved has beautiful language and subtle and interesting characters and a complex elusive story with mythic aspects, but it does not translate well to audible format and the author’s narration is somewhat subtle, quiet, and breathy. Even though I had read this in print (quite a while ago) following the story in Audible format was challenging and required many jumps backwards. I would recommend the printed book more than once before attempting the Audible version. Actually, just skip the Audible version.
One thing that struck me when choosing to listen to this book was the number of reviews that complained about Ms.Morrison's reading. She was described as winded, breathy, and slow, as is she couldn't catch her breath.
I have to say that is a bunch of nonsense! I chose to listen to her because I expected that as the author, she would put inflection and tone where she meant it to be in the words.
The truth is that Morrison reads like a poet. She pauses to add weight to her words, not to breath. I found that her reading added substantially to the quality of my experience.
I did give the story 4 stars only because the plot is not always linear, and without being able to see breaks in the page, it could be confusing to keep up with the place and time in the story. The book itself may be best read traditionally, but Morrison's soothing voice would have been hard to give up!
I listen to this book every fall and it always touches my heart. Toni Morrison is one of the most amazing American writers to ever grace our pages with her words. Listen to this and all her unabridged works.
Toni Morrison does readers the honor of narrating her great novel. Readers who love this book in print will gain deeper insight into the mercurial, challenging text through Morrison's voice.
Beloved is a behemoth of a novel! On my third read now and I'm still discovering more of its buried treasures.
I read the reviews regarding the narration but I disagree I ENJOYED Listening to Toni Morrison's rich melodic voice... she reads it as it's supposed to to 'sound' to the listener.. as for the story I was already very familiar w Beloved Years ago I tried to read it but couldn't get into the story then I saw the movie and wanted to go back to the book, still couldn't get into it BUT I really really enjoyed listening to it and w Toni as the narrator..'