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  • Beloved | Toni Morrison

    Beloved

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

    Cathy says: "Perhaps best read on paper"
  • The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison

    The Bluest Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
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    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.

    MerryJovialL says: "Excellent but not an easy story."
  • Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison

    Song of Solomon

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    Overall
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    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.

    JACK says: "Poorly Edited"
  • Sula | Toni Morrison

    Sula

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
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    Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret.

    Karen says: "Good against evil and a riotous story to boot"
  • God Help the Child: A Novel | Toni Morrison

    God Help the Child: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child - the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment - weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape and misshape the life of the adult.

    Aperio says: "You're a better human for listening"
  • Jazz | Toni Morrison

    Jazz

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    Overall
    (43)
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    (37)
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    In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe's wife, Violet, attacks the girl's corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

    Rocio says: "The audio is not the same as the book"
  • The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison

    The Bluest Eye

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison, Ruby Dee
    Overall
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    (69)
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    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.

    deidre says: "Terrible Abridgement"
  • Paradise | Toni Morrison

    Paradise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
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    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."

    janice Criss says: "Interestingly Bizarre"
  • Home: A Novel | Toni Morrison

    Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life. This is a deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and his home.

    Michael Cox says: "Urbane"
  • Love | Toni Morrison

    Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
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    May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida, even L: all women obsessed by Bill Cosey. More than the wealthy owner of the famous Cosey Hotel and Resort, he shapes their yearnings for father, husband, lover, guardian, and friend, yearnings that dominate the lives of these women long after his death. Yet while he is both the void in, and the center of, their stories, he himself is driven by secret forces: a troubled past and a spellbinding woman named Celestial.

    Steve says: "Wonderful"
  • Who's Got Game? | Toni Morrison,Slade Morrison

    Who's Got Game?

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
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    Toni and Slade Morrison's New York Times best-selling series of fables is now available on audio and includes "The Ant or the Grasshopper?", "The Lion or the Mouse?", and "Poppy or the Snake?". Told with vibrant language and rich in rhythm, these empowering tales are now available in one fantastic audio package.

  • The Knopf National Poetry Month Collection | Sarah Arvio,Anne Carson,Jack Gilbert

    The Knopf National Poetry Month Collection

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Sarah Arvio, Anne Carson, Jack Gilbert
    • Narrated By Kevin Young, James Merrill, Toni Morrison, and others
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    Since 1998, the Alfred A. Knopf Publishing Group has celebrated National Poetry Month by e-mailing a poem a day throughout the month of April to over 25,000 devoted poetry fans. In April 2006, Knopf introduced the Poem-a-Day podcast, which featured poets including Kevin Young and James Merrill reading their own poems, as well as Knopf authors, such as Joan Didion and Toni Morrison, reading work by their favorite poets.

    Margaret E. Hess says: "great poem by olds in here"
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