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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)

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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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    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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