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.
"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)
The audiobook chapters were not divided by the book chapters so I could not follow along.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
A Precious Child of God
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.
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.
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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