I'm mad at every friend I have who've read this book and didn't explain. To me how important it was to read it. It feels like receiving a revelation from God.
I'm glad I listened to Toni Morrison's reading. Her beautiful heart came through and added to the richness.
I feel more substantial than I did before I heard this story.
I read this book every four years or so. Every time I read something I swore I had not read before... Or perhaps I was not ready to comprehend the depth of what is being communicated. This book is my Favorite and to hear it on the authors voice is a thrill.
Be patient with this one. It requires close listening but Morrison's voice does carry the weight of the words.
The writing itself is beautiful. The story is nonlinear, and conveys the wide ranging and conflicting emotions involved in what has become familiar narrative. It is deeply human.
Of course, Beloved is Brilliant! Just wish that the author wasn't the one reading this. Really hard to listen to. Very distracting.
Some one who has patience to keep up with the narration
Slow going lost interest
The book beloved is awesome but not Toni Morrison narrating it
I'm glad I didn't listen to the bad reviews because I would have missed out on a great audiobook. This was great. I'm studying this book in a college class and listening to it helped me understand it so much better.
Ms. Morrison changes her voice for each character, uses lots of expression, and reads this book the way I hear it in my head. It was just great.
Only things I did not like, it downloads in two different files, which is fine, but the chapters aren't marked correctly. In the middle of a chapter there will be a long pause because the audio file is changing to a different "chapter". Don't think that the labels when playing the book are the actual chapters because they are not.
Otherwise, this was a great audiobook for my first time trying.
Toni Morrison --both as author and with her solemn, melodious voice--pulls you into the world of slavery and of the human heart -- with its joys, terrors and imaginative possibilities.
You will want to follow her on this journey, as I did, if you want to "live" something uniquely imagined, that includes deep pains and terrors, is part of the history of all Americans, and will pull you inside-out until your guts are exposed to the air.
"Not for everyone"? Well it's not a Great Escape, or what is commonly called "beach reading". But if you want the heavy stuff-- through the eyes and pen of an African American who is one of the most brilliant writers of our time, you could do worse tha trusting her own voice to lead you --through infernos and purgatories undreamed of by Dante.
And then, if you choose, you can go on to her novel "Paradise".
Just an incredible book, beautiful and complicated. A bit of a warning that the story is dense and it's easy to get lost, especially without a physical book. But it's worth it, if you're patient, it'll be clear later whose story is happening and how the threads come together. Just an exceptional, wonderful book and it's even better read by the author.
I saw the movie so long ago, but it came back in full color when listening to this story, performed by the author.
Listening to toni's soft and measured voice was pleasant and she brought through many nuances.
I am going back for more of her stories.