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The Bluest Eye Audiobook

The Bluest Eye

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Publisher's Summary

The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature.

It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

©1970 Toni Morrison (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

“So precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry.” (The New York Times)

“A profoundly successful work of fiction. . . . Taut and understated, harsh in its detachment, sympathetic in its truth...it is an experience.” (The Detroit Free Press)

“This story commands attention, for it contains one black girl’s universe.” (Newsweek)

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    MerryJovialL Tappahannock, VA 10-01-12
    MerryJovialL Tappahannock, VA 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent but not an easy story."
    Would you listen to The Bluest Eye again? Why?

    Yes, it is a very well written story that touched and challenged me.


    Which character – as performed by Toni Morrison – was your favorite?

    All of the story was impressionable. The character, Pecola, was very strong for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a difficult story to get through but it was important. I plan to listen to it again after I let some time pass. It was a powerful story and had a lot to offer from different views.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Willis Butcher 02-17-15
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    "Eye opening, revelatory, insightful."

    A story that embodies many cultural and shock elements set in a narrative that brings the characters into focus in a unique way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "READ LIKE ONE LONG BEAUTIFUL POEM!"

    Ms. Morrison's narration was so melodically engaging. I could listen to her all day! Brava! And this story of not quite knowing how to come to grips with the YOU that you are is one that we all can relate to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    POet Prof Shawntez SVJ OAKLAND, CA, United States 02-05-16
    POet Prof Shawntez SVJ OAKLAND, CA, United States 02-05-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Strikingly Beautiful"

    For this to be her first novel, it's purely astonishing. The rich nature of language and raw aggressive content makes for a longer than prescribed listen. You will rewind. You must rewind! Sometimes three and four times just to take in the magic of her construction of emotions, locations, people and conversations. Epic, tragic and haunting are the words left ed burned in my brain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fatima 11-28-15
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    "Beautiful book"

    As someone who has struggled with discrimination and isolation throughout most of my life, this book truly touched me. Toni Morrison's narration of the book made it that much more of a powerful and wonderful experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Homeschool Mommy 05-20-15
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    "classic American novel by the best writer"

    classic novel by the best writer of the 21sr century. ..Great American classic it is

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Readin' and Rockin' USA 05-17-15

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    "Marvelous Performance of My Favorite Book"

    Morrison is much too hard on herself in her author's note; even after so many readings, I am still deeply moved.

    I first read it on New Year's Eve 1991. I cried and cried as one year became another. I knew "Pecola." in a variety of ways. And I knew it was much, much, much too late. Midnight struck a while back.

    Thank you.

    Robin Markowitz

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Harris Atlanta, GA 05-15-15
    J. Harris Atlanta, GA 05-15-15

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    "One of my all-time favorite books."

    Loved reading it, adored listening to it. Great narrating, Ms. Morrison really brought the book alive. You might want to keep a box of tissues handy, there are parts that will break your heart . However, I still feel uplifted by this book. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Whitney L. McBee 01-29-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Remarkable!"

    Toni Morrison's ability to communicate emotions and a characters internal motivation and to paint an incredibly vivid world, is remarkable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Geneva 09-03-14
    Geneva 09-03-14 Member Since 2014

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    "fantastic reading of an excellent book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes-- it was excellent. One of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. The book was great and the author's peerless reading of it only serves to make it all the more of a gripping experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Morrison's prose is so excellent. She perfectly writes with the voice of a child narrator-- indifferent, pragmatic, but never simplistic. I've never read/heard anything like it.


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

    This one is my absolute favorite. The delivery is riveting-- so patient and emotive-- downright chilling at times.


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

    Yes


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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