We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Beloved Audiobook

Beloved

Regular Price:$35.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (1044 )
5 star
 (561)
4 star
 (218)
3 star
 (138)
2 star
 (60)
1 star
 (67)
Overall
4.3 (754 )
5 star
 (460)
4 star
 (148)
3 star
 (70)
2 star
 (34)
1 star
 (42)
Story
4.2 (761 )
5 star
 (464)
4 star
 (129)
3 star
 (79)
2 star
 (39)
1 star
 (50)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sarahjoy Brooklyn, NY United States 12-24-16
    Sarahjoy Brooklyn, NY United States 12-24-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Powerful"

    Toni Morrisons voice is perfect and adds depth to her heartbreaking and deep story of a life of loss and inner strength

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 11-29-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book, Terrible Audio Organization"
    What disappointed you about Beloved?

    The audiobook chapters were not divided by the book chapters so I could not follow along.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Toni Morrison?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jennifer 11-14-16
    Jennifer 11-14-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beautiful, chilling, and masterfully performed"

    Beautiful, chilling, and masterfully read by Toni Morrison. This masterpiece is part ghost story, part family drama, and part historical fiction. It paints a detailed and life-like picture of life for runaway and recently-freed slaves in America. It unfolds flawlessly and untangles effortlessly before your ears; I listened to the whole thing in 3 days. Beloved truly is one of Ton Morrison's greatest literary achievements.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ERICA L. TALLEY 10-18-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "She could read the phone book and I'd listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Beloved the most enjoyable?

    There are many reviews of Morrison's performance that are not quite as enthusiastic as my own. I get it, she's mostly monotone (and oh what a beautiful tone) and only slightly shifts from one character to the next. But this is very much (in my opinion) a matter of familial familiarity. If you have no trouble imagining Morrison as your most comfy auntie or "come and give me some suga" grandma, then hearing her baritone will feel and nearly smell, just like Madea. Otherwise, you feel like you're at the kiddie table, in the corner yelling "what did she say?, I don't get it"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    SALIMAN Karine 09-21-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A terrible story whispered in our ears"

    I have really enjoyed listening to the book being read by the actual writer. Mrs Morrison is a great reader. Everything can't be understood in the first chapter, but that has nothing to do with the reading performance. It's rather linked to the plot itself which only slowly unveils the mysteries. Even though at times I really had to turn up the volume, I enjoyed listening to Mrs Morrison as her pronunciation of names and of the dialect as well as her intonation perfectly fits the tone and atmosphere of the book. I had the feeling she was secretly whispering a terrible story into my ear. Thank-you for these long hours of pure pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tom 09-20-16
    Tom 09-20-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Terrific story and a beautiful reading"

    I don't understand the folks who were critical of Tony Morrison's reading. I think she has a great voice and I very much enjoyed it. As horror stories go (not typically my genre) I thought it was enjoyably complex and beautifully told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Carrollton, GA, United States 09-04-16
    Amazon Customer Carrollton, GA, United States 09-04-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I really tried to enjoy this"

    this book is on many top 100 book lists. I really wanted to get into it, but I couldn't follow the plot at all. perhaps if someone else narrated it. everyone sounded the same. there was never any excitement. I ordered a copy of the book to see if it is any better. can't be worse.

    I would only recommend this to someone who probably has read the book numerous times and wanted to enjoy it again. defiantly not for a first timer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stephen Brownsville, Texas, United States 07-31-16
    Stephen Brownsville, Texas, United States 07-31-16 Member Since 2014

    A Precious Child of God

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unforgettable!"

    No one does a better job than Morrison of getting you inside the characters heads and hearts. You feel and sense their horrors, fear, heartbreak, pain, bitterness, joy and hope. Read by the author, this audible version is a invaluable way to experience Beloved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Enya 07-27-16
    Enya 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great reading, but a little slow."

    Beloved is a great story. I used this audiobook to supplement the required reading I had for a literature course. I would recommend that you use it separately from the book, as the author speaks too slowly for me, a fast reader. Overall, however, Toni Morisson does a wonderful job at narrating Beloved. A must-listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John L 04-04-16
    John L 04-04-16 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Terrible narration. Can't even understand it."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.