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The Bluest Eye | [Toni Morrison]

The Bluest Eye

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: The only thing better than hearing Ruby Dee give voice to this heartbreaking first novel by Toni Morrison, is to hear the author herself exchange lines of dialogue with the veteran actress and narrate key passages. Although the journey I took with Pecola (the main character) through this novel was difficult, it was also important—something I'll never forget. –Corey Thrasher

Publisher's Summary

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.

A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison's virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

Toni Morrison was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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©1970 Toni Morrison; (P)1994 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Oprah Book Club Selection

"So charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry." (The New York Times)
"Ruby Dee's reading of Morrison's first novel is masterful....This is an outstanding production of a classic work." (AudioFile)

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    Linda Bellevue, WA, United States 08-16-10
    Linda Bellevue, WA, United States 08-16-10
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    "Frustrating..."

    I love the fact that Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee read The Bluest Eye. They are wonderful, and, I will admit that I should have known better; it is ABRIDGED. But, I am really frustrated right now because I am reading the book in preparation for the High School Senior English classes I will be teaching this fall. I have tracked the sections of the book missing from the tape, and already, so far, on pages 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, there are sentences, and in fact whole pages, missing in this abridged reading. So, if you don't mind missing out on a lot of the book, go for it; but as for me, it is just so frustrating, and I'm not going to be able to use it for my purposes...
    just so you know.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    deidre Northampton, MA, United States 04-23-11
    deidre Northampton, MA, United States 04-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible Abridgement"

    While the pieces that are there are great. The abridged version has missing pieces that are elemental to having a full grasp of the beauty of this important book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mignon United States 04-09-12
    Mignon United States 04-09-12

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    "Read Beautifully!"
    If you could sum up The Bluest Eye in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful, Tragic, Sad


    What does Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed listening to The Bluest Eye read by Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee. Both narrators read the story beautifully, they made the characters come ALIVE!


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome audio book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jewelie Indianapolis, in, United States 07-02-13
    Jewelie Indianapolis, in, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Everyone should listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bluest Eye to be better than the print version?

    It is the same


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bluest Eye?

    Spoiler* At the end...we all realize that the result or the outcome or what that little girl became was because of other people. I cried.


    What about Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee ’s performance did you like?

    Just the perfect voices of both of them to bring the characters to life in my mind while listening to them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve BOTHELL, WA, United States 01-30-13
    steve BOTHELL, WA, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2013

    I have been a long time listener of audiobooks but am new to Audible. I find audiobooks to be a wonderful format to expand my reading genres and strongly believe that the narrators skill is the most important aspect to all audio books, even slightly ahead of plot. The best books , of course, combine a great story and narrator and make for memorable listening experiences

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    "Thought provoking and haunting novella"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this book for someone looking to be challenged by the material and themes and who is open to the humanity of the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Morrisons ideas on beauty and virtue


    Have you listened to any of Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first Morrison and Ruby Dee book but will not be my last


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No but as I was drawn into the story it became impossible to not finish


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    N. Barnes Connecticut 01-18-13
    N. Barnes Connecticut 01-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Special reading from the author herself!"

    While this is not my favorite Toni Morrison book, there is something awfully special about getting to listen to an author read her own work for you. Morrison pours such heart and soul into her literature that I knew her reading would be heartfelt, and she did not disappoint.

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