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Song of Solomon | [Toni Morrison]

Song of Solomon

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
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Publisher's Summary

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly.

With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family's origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.

©2004 Toni Morrison; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A rich, full novel. . . . It lifts us up [and] impresses itself upon us like a love affair." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A rhapsodic work... Intricate and inventive." (The New Yorker)
"A fine novel exuberantly constructed. . . . So rich in its use of common speech, so sophisticated in its use of literary traditions and language from the Bible to Faulkner...it is also extremely funny." (The Hudson Review)

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    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 09-03-10
    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 09-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Poorly Edited"

    Years ago I read this story. Thought I would enjoy revisting an ABRIDGED version read by the Author. Ms Morrision's voice is so lovely. The edits on the story are horrible. Suddenly a man's voice interrupts the story and reads a few lines to bridge the cuts in the audio. I cannot even listen to it. Sentences don't even flow. Is there a way to get my money back on this one. Very poor Quality. Do not buy it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-17-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-17-12

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "You CAN have too little of a good thing."

    I will typically shy away from unabridged books (audio or otherwise). However, I was figuring this would be a good one to try (T. Morrison narrated) to see if my assumptions were false. I liked having Toni Morrison narrate, but it didn't overcome the uneven abridgement. You certainly can have too little of a good thing.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Dan BROOKLINE, MA, United States 09-15-10
    Dan BROOKLINE, MA, United States 09-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a full read Book..."

    This book is not read in full. It skips full paragraphs at a time, very hard to follow.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Neptune Beach, FL, United States 09-06-12
    Jimmy Neptune Beach, FL, United States 09-06-12

    I'm a simple man with simple pleasures.

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    "Horrible audio, great story"
    What disappointed you about Song of Solomon?

    The audio was horrible. It was incredibly abridged, to the point where the story barely made sense. A machine spoke to fill in the gaps, too frequently.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Toni Morrison’s performances?

    Yes.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mary chicago, IL, United States 07-27-11
    mary chicago, IL, United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Does a disservice to the book"

    Poorly edited, poor audio. This is more like a recap of Song of Solomon. A book this beautiful should never be offered in an abridged version. I purchased this in a rush as I was leaving on a road trip. I didn't realize that this was an abridged version. I have acute buyer's remorse.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dylan Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-01-13
    Dylan Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-01-13
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    "Disappointing Recording"
    What would have made Song of Solomon better?

    The actual text of the book is great, but I cannot imagine a worse audiobook version.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Song of Solomon?

    I would have kept reasonable order to it, and tried to make it as unabridged as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    It's so disappointing to see such an excellent piece of work have such a terrible edit and recording. It skips around pages at a time and is incredibly hard to follow. Despite Toni Morrison's powerful voice, the edit just doesn't make sense. They even had an automated voice read sections that were missing. Very poorly done. My advice: do not waste your money on it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jill schwerin SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, US 08-06-12
    jill schwerin SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, US 08-06-12
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    "Poor version"
    What disappointed you about Song of Solomon?

    This version of Song of Solomon was not done well. It skips around. There seems to be two versions chopped up and put together. One is Toni Morrison reading and another is a man reading. It's a great book. I would have like to hear it unabridged, though.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth winter Park, FL, United States 07-18-12
    Elizabeth winter Park, FL, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Choppy"
    Would you try another book from Toni Morrison and/or Toni Morrison?

    Yes, but never another abridged one


    What could Toni Morrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not abridged it. I ended up having to read it because being constantly cut off and cut up was so distracting


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lydia 12-16-14
    lydia 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The whole book was not in the audiobook. If there would not have been rather large chunks missing, it would have been wonderful.


    What could Toni Morrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Narrated the entire book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Toni Morrison’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger


    Any additional comments?

    Next time I download an audiobook, I would like the be sure that I am getting my money's worth by having the entire book included.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    starshield 10-05-14
    starshield 10-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't do it"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't understand why, if toni Morrison in her brilliant voice, reading her own book, would agree to this atrocity. and why wouldn't the unabridged version be offered. besides loosing important plot points, the abridgments are done in a mechanical mans voice, cutting off Morrisons beautiful reading of her own story. don't waste your time or money. i want my money back.


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

    loved her performance. the abridgments done in another voice are awful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Missing sections and strange dubs"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I like the book, I would have liked it a lot more if it was unabridged - I didn't realize that it wasn't..


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the parts that Morrison read


    What about Toni Morrison’s performance did you like?

    All of the parts that Morrison performs is perfect but there are odd sections completely omitted and dubbed over with a monotonous male voice.. why?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness, anger, happiness.


    Any additional comments?

    Why is the story not complete? The whole section where Milkman meets Sweet is missing and so are other sections.. in place of those parts was an odd dubbed over male voice that completely ruined the audio for me.. and I'm disappointed. I wouldn't have bothered if I knew parts were going to be omitted.. I don't understand why that was done :(

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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