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Beloved Audiobook

Beloved

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.
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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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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Angela BROOKLYN, NY, United States 12-31-14
    Angela BROOKLYN, NY, United States 12-31-14 Listener Since 2008

    Brooklyn Poet

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    "Always sensational!!"

    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.

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    Jared 07-03-14
    Jared 07-03-14
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    "Be patient..."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Amazon Customer United States 06-10-13
    Amazon Customer United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Toni Morrison....stick to writing..please!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Of course, Beloved is Brilliant! Just wish that the author wasn't the one reading this. Really hard to listen to. Very distracting.


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    jamie MORRISVILLE, NC, United States 03-18-13
    jamie MORRISVILLE, NC, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Not so good"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Some one who has patience to keep up with the narration


    What didn’t you like about Toni Morrison’s performance?

    Slow going lost interest


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The book beloved is awesome but not Toni Morrison narrating it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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