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Beloved

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Publisher's Summary

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.

©1987 Toni Morrison; (P)1998 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature." (New York Review of Books)
"A masterwork....Wonderful....I can't imagine American literature without it." (Los Angeles Times)

What Members Say

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    Bethany Ford 10-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Masterwork"

    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.

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    Kennedy SAN JOSE, CA, United States 09-10-15
    Kennedy SAN JOSE, CA, United States 09-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beloved"

    Beloved is a behemoth of a novel! On my third read now and I'm still discovering more of its buried treasures.

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    China 08-09-15
    China 08-09-15
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    "Better than expected!!"

    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..'

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    Chelsea LUBBOCK, TX, United States 06-18-15
    Chelsea LUBBOCK, TX, United States 06-18-15 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "Didn't like her reading style"

    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.

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    Kimberly Arizona 06-02-15
    Kimberly Arizona 06-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Read along with the novel"

    This book demands to be read. I highly recommend listening to Toni Morrison's extraordinary narration as you read along. It is truly a magical experience. Her language is otherworldly and listening to the words while reading them is a hunting delight for the senses.

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    Rebecca 05-07-15
    Rebecca 05-07-15
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    "Incredible"

    I have never read another book like this. Searingly heartbreaking, eerie and horrifically truthful to many facets of our nature as humans. Anyone and everyone should read this great novel.

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    Lyle Wiedeman Lake Forest, CA USA 04-16-15
    Lyle Wiedeman Lake Forest, CA USA 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Find another edition"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There are really good narrators these days. Authors are great writers but not always great narrators. I could not get past the first half of chapter one because of the narrator's habit of reading three words, inhaling at a random and inappropriate place, then reading three more words. I can guess at the tone she was aiming for, but for me it missed.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Toni Morrison’s performances?

    Never. Her books, sure - but not her narration.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was really engaged in the story - the setting, the culture, the mood.


    Any additional comments?

    If Audible had another edition, I'd buy it. But I will have to go read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. White CT 03-12-15
    R. White CT 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Beloved the most enjoyable?

    Ms. Morrison writes excellent dialogue. Compare it it to other books and you will appreciate just how well she does it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Again, the dialogue. But there is a lot to like about this book.


    Have you listened to any of Toni Morrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like her performance. She does an excellent job narrating her characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beloved and why?

    Stamp Paid. He plays a secondary role but his is the best dialogue of all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    if you read the book...listen to the audiobook next. It's worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 03-03-15
    Samantha 03-03-15
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    "I love this story!"

    This story captured me, made me feel, see and understand the characters. This book and the reading by Ms. Morrison is a rare treat that I will enjoy over and over again. Thank you!

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    Barbara DuBransky Los Angeles, CA 03-02-15
    Barbara DuBransky Los Angeles, CA 03-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Perfect"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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