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Jazz Audiobook

Jazz

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Publisher's Summary

In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe's wife, Violet, attacks the girl's corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

©2007 Toni Morrison (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] masterpiece.... She has moved from strength to strength until she has reached the distinction of being beyond comparison." (Entertainment Weekly)

"As rich in themes and poetic images as her Pulitzer Prize - winning Beloved. ...Morrison conjures up the hand of slavery on Harlem's jazz generation. The more you listen, the more you crave to hear." (Glamour)

"Lyrically brooding.... One accepts the characters of Jazz as generalized figures moving rhythmically in the narrator's mind." (The New York Times)

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    Rocio 03-29-16
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    "The audio is not the same as the book"
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    I like to read and listen to the story at the same time. This is the first time that I couldn't do that. For me was disappointing no the story but the fact that the autor cut some passages in the book.

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    Amy 11-13-16
    Amy 11-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    Toni Morrison reading her own novel is amazing. This story is complex and definitely a must read.

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    Pen1 Los Angeles, California USA 06-26-15
    Pen1 Los Angeles, California USA 06-26-15 Member Since 2016

    Reading is delightful; listening to a good book is enchanting!

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    "A true masterpiece!"

    A joy to read, read again and the.n be blessed with the treat of hearing Ms. Morrison read it to one's ear. Each experience of this book reveals new dimensions of the textured characters and offers a sufficient helping of the history of the Great Migration of African Americans from the brutal South to the not so subtle prejudice and veiled segregation of the North.
    Jazz for me remains a staple and throughly satisfying and provoking work of literary art!

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    the book was really good. I always enjoy Toni Morrison books. Excellent author very good.

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    "Extraordinary"

    Interweaving stories, layers of lives and histories, move like music, like jazz. Echoes of pain, love, origins become the whole novel -- the call and response and turning, reaching of jazz. Time is fluid. Lives blend and separate. Toni Morrison merges text with music, one reflects the other in this brilliantly crafted novel that is haunting, visceral, as all great music is.

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