In Paradise, Toni Morrison gives us a bravura performance. As the book begins deep in Oklahoma early one morning in 1976, nine men from Ruby (pop. 360), in defense of "the one all-black town worth the pain", assault the nearby Convent and the women in it. From the town's ancestral origins in 1890 to the fateful day of the assault, Paradise tells the story of a people ever mindful of the relationship between their spectacular history and a void "Out There...where random and organized evil erupted when and where it chose."
Richly imagined and elegantly composed, Paradise weaves a powerful mystery.
©1999 Toni Morrison; (P)2009 Random House Audio
"Paradise is Toni Morrison's first novel since she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, and it is possibly her best work of fiction to date. Morrison is an extraordinary novelist." (The New York Times Book Review)
"It is a fascinating story, wonderfully detailed by Morrison's shrewd and vivid portraits of Ruby's citizens and forebears....Her town is the stage for a profound and provocative debate - always personified and always searching - about black identity and destiny in America's past and present." (The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review)
I read Paradise with my book club. Many had a difficult times making sense of it. I had to listen twice myself. There are a lot characters and it is difficult to keep up with who is who. Over all it was an interestingly bizarre story that introduces you to the strangest group of people. Morrison did make me curious about all these troubled people but it disappointed me by ending so with many unanswered questions.
I was very disappointed in the reading of this book, she does not go word for word and even skips paragraphs and pages of the detailed information which made this EXTREMMELY HARD TO FOLLOW, AS if this story was not hard enough to catch on to. Needless to say I made it half way through and gave up entirely, not even curious how it ends because the end is in the 1st sentence. She seems brilliant as I heard her speak in an interview apparently she was simply a bit over my head.
Morrison reading her own words gives deeper depth to the story. The attitudes of each character come forth from her deliberate cadence. It's so worth the 25 bucks.
Not well spent because the story was abridged. I like to read the books alongside of the text. The author kept skipping over segments of the book.
The opening of the book will capture the listener/reader. "They shoot the white girl first."
The author is the best reader for the project.
I would love to see it in film.
For some reason I got this to listen as I read along for my enlgish class and the story teller skipped from sentences all the way to a page. I was very disappointed.
pretty disappointed the story wasn't read word for word. I wasn't able to do my homework like I'd of liked to..
Say something about yourself!
to make this a wonderful experience, the author should get a professional narrator to read the audiobook. the author did a horrible job. The book is a great book but the narrator makes it impossible to listen to the book. her monotone through out the whole entire book was annoying to say the least.
I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE STORY. GREAT BOOK, HORRIBLE NARRATION!!!!!!
GETTING A PROFESSIONAL NARRATOR. PLEASE DON'T DO ANY MORE NARRATION OF YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!!!
ITS A GREAT BOOK, I HAVE READ IT BEFORE BUT FOR ANYONE WHO HAVE NOT READ OR LISTEN WOULD NOT LIKE THE AUDIO VERSION AND WOULD WANT TO RETURN IT
GET A PROFESSIONAL NARRATOR, ACTOR OR ACTRESS TO DO YOUR NARRATION OF ALL YOUR BOOKS. THEY NEED TO BE REDONE WITH THE PROFESSIONALS. TONY MORRISON IS AN EXCELLENT WRITER BUT SUCKS AS A NARRATOR.
Story was disjointed and had no plot. The reader (author) lacked expression, and the phrasing was terrible! I don't know if the reading matched the punctuation because I only listened to the ABRIDGED book. Thank goodness it was not The unabridged version!
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