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.
What can one say about the writing of nobel laureate? I guess not much that won't overpraise and/or piss someone off. I can't say that I'm extremely knowledgeable about Toni Morrison's work (I've read only three of her novels, The Bluest Eye, Jazz and Beloved, so call me a philistine if it so pleases you), nor can I say that I dislike her work, because I expect that I will read more of her books; it's just that I don't feel any overwhelming desire to read everything she has written as soon as possible. Why is this the case? To say it a short way, in all three books by her that I've read, I've felt that she has made it her project to MAKE me sympathize with characters that I ALREADY feel sympathy for. There seems to be an assumption in Beloved that I won't already understand that the atrocities of slavery could drive a mother to kill her own child rather than have the child face those atrocities. Plus, in this book there seemed to be several token "good white" or "not as bad white" characters (for example, the first owner of the plantation Sethe lived and worked on and Amy, a kind of female Huckleberry Finn) who seem tacked into the narrative to give balance to a book that understandably contains numerous unsympathetic white characters. Beloved is a work of some degree of psychological complexity, but I did feel--please don't shoot me--that it was also a book of "sheeps and goats" or "wheat and chaff." This feeling was intensified after I read Edward P. Jones's The Known World, which I believe is a more powerful and moving work on account of the author's refusal to absolutely condemn or absolutely save any of his characters. Having said all this, I realize I'm nobody and my opinion really doesn't matter. Beloved still warrants four stars for its story because who the hell am I? Furthermore, Morrison's performance in this audiobook is exemplary, earning five stars for the lack of sentimentality in her voice in passages that could have been treacly. Peace.
This book is dark magical realism. I almost want to give it only three stars because it's so hyped and the story is disturbing at times; but at other times it's an entertaining.
I was a bit cautious about listening to rather than reading the book due to the poor reviews of the narration. But I found both the narration and the story mesmerizing. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks where professional narrators pretty much chirp the whole thing through with their 'story-telling voice' and stock of character accents. I'm so glad this was not read in that way. Morrison's voice is like soft syrup and held me in a trance for hours at a time. It made the most intense passages even more meaningful. It's a novel that will definitely stay with me.