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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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    Stephen Brownsville, Texas, United States 07-31-16
    Stephen Brownsville, Texas, United States 07-31-16 Member Since 2014

    A Precious Child of God

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    "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.

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    Enya 07-27-16
    Enya 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

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    Stan New York, NY USA 06-09-16
    Stan New York, NY USA 06-09-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Incredible novel; not so incredible narration"

    The novel itself is incredible and powerful. The style is Faulknerian, the feeling it provides is somehow mystical and extremely "real" at the same time.

    This should be considered part of the American Canon, assuming there is one (and, I think it is!).

    However.

    While in theory it sounds good to have the author read her own work, Toni Morrison's narration has two major flaws:

    1. She whispers. Not a major problem in-and-of-itself, but the volume of the recording is so low that it made it difficult to listen to while walking in the city (my usual activity while listening).

    2. She doesn't have the breath to read some of the passages in the book. She had to pause in the middle of sentences to the point that the art of her prose, and sometimes even the meaning of her words was lost.

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    John L 04-04-16
    John L 04-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

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    Francesca de la Rosa 03-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning"

    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!

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    maria 01-21-16
    maria 01-21-16
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    "Don't believe the haters! Wonderful narration!"

    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!

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    artfulsoul06 12-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Heart breaking narrative"

    I don't know why it took me so long to read/listen to this book, but it was well worth it!

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    Jewel Story Walton bountiful utah usa 11-17-15
    Jewel Story Walton bountiful utah usa 11-17-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Touches me every time. Every time beloved."

    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.

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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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