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
"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)
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.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
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.
I'm a simple man with simple pleasures.
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.
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.
The actual text of the book is great, but I cannot imagine a worse audiobook version.
I would have kept reasonable order to it, and tried to make it as unabridged as possible.
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!
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.
Yes, but never another abridged one
not abridged it. I ended up having to read it because being constantly cut off and cut up was so distracting
Good story, but the quality of the production is lousy. At times Toni Morrison is reading then a man with a newscaster voice breaks in to read a few paragraphs and then it is back to Toni. And there are volume shifts throughout. Very annoying! Random House should be ashamed to tray a work of art this crappy.
"Missing sections and strange dubs"
I like the book, I would have liked it a lot more if it was unabridged - I didn't realize that it wasn't..
All the parts that Morrison read
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?
Sadness, anger, happiness.
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 :(
"Excellent but difficult to follow"
I absolutely adored the story. Beautifully read as well, but due to the complexity of the names and the way in which the story is told, it can be hard to follow.
I would recommend listening to this, but reading along with it.
Anyone can read it, and I would strongly advise people to read this book, especially with racial issues still being a relevant issue in today's society
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