This is probably one of the best novels I've read, and the best one on audio as well. I was blown away when reading it ten years ago, and I am back there again in listening to Toni Morrison read her words. Her choices of words, cadence, and voice bring the listener face-to-face with the character's point of view, as effectively as any novel by James Joyce or Dostoyevsky, Nabokov. This is a must listen, in my opinion. One of the great remarkable achievements in literature, made even more remarkable by this reading. I am under it's spell.
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!
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..'
I am in English teacher who seeks to bring knowledge of literature and of the one true God to all of my students. I also love listening to books on my commute to and from school.
I shouldn't be able to give a review for the overall or story because I couldn't get past her reading style. The pauses she made were too artistic and broken for me. It did not flow like I like to read books, and wasn't able to get past it for the good of the story. I'm hopeful to get a refund for the book.