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  • Song of Solomon

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

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 García Márquez. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Death United Them

  • By Carol Binta Nadeem on 09-28-17

incredible story telling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Toni Morrison has an incredible way of telling layers of stories within one text. She takes the reader from the North, to the roots of the South, then sets them free to fly in the end.

  • Invisible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Ralph Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,622

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

  • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

speaker was very engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-18

The speaker really brought the novel to life with different voices and sounds.
The novel touches on a variety of major issues: race, masculinity, identity, double consciousness, women's rights, and more. It brings the reader face to face with their own blindness. It is worth the read.