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Beloved

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Publisher's Summary

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. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.

©1987 Toni Morrison; (P)1998 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature." (New York Review of Books)
"A masterwork....Wonderful....I can't imagine American literature without it." (Los Angeles Times)

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    G. Courtney 04-30-17
    G. Courtney 04-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Performance by author"

    This is a perfect example of why the author should not read their own story. It was very difficult to understand Morrison's words and speech. She is not a professional reader. I had to relisten to many sections to understand what she was saying. I would've found the story imuch more enjoyable with a professional reader.

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    Tamara DURHAM, NC, United States 04-27-17
    Tamara DURHAM, NC, United States 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "What was I waiting for?!?"

    Years ago, I flubbed my way through this book in high school, but decided to revisit since my son was reading in his senior class. What was I thinking? Powerful story!!! Will definitely re listen to it.

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    R. H., Wallinger Shenandoah Valley of Virginia 04-26-17
    R. H., Wallinger Shenandoah Valley of Virginia 04-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "The Listen of a lifetime"

    Every word is perfect. Morrison's voice is hauntingly apt. I wish that every person who struggles with the appropriateness of the "Black lives matter" movement or the justification for dismantling this country's memorials to the "southern cause" could listen to Beloved in one long, uninterrupted sitting. Never has the weight of the institution of slavery been made plainer. I'm going to read it next so that I can better understand the brilliance of her writing but I wouldn't have missed the privilege of having Morrisons voice permanently instilled in my mind and heart.

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    Mrs Springfield, Ohio 04-12-17
    Mrs Springfield, Ohio 04-12-17
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    "I love her, but she spoke so slowly!"

    I thought something was wrong with my audio. I kicked the speed up to 1.5, and then nearly 2 before the author's words were at a normal pace. You could hear all of the cuts/edits as well, which was off-putting, and there were a few places where bad edits were made and words were repeated as they were spliced together.

    Having said that, the poetry of the writing was beautiful and convinced me to keep going when the reality of the words were so hard to hear. Toni Morrison is a brilliant author.

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    Elizabeth 04-08-17
    Elizabeth 04-08-17
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    "Setha has a voice that resonates throughout history, that refuses to be ignored."

    Setha changed me. She told her story in a simple measured way, like someone who had held horrible secrets for so long that she just gave in to tell the truth. Toni Morrison is a brilliant author.
    I liked the honesty and integrity of the author. She never over exaggerated or was silent. This book could easily have sensationalized Setha but instead it left her the simple yet complex person that allowed readers to develop their own opinions on this complicated story.
    I will listen to this book many times and I hope that you do the same.

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    Dave S. 03-28-17
    Dave S. 03-28-17
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    "Too Creepy. Bad Narrating"

    This was gripping, yes, but too creepy. It seemed almost good at several points. Oh... "As read by the author" seems to generally be a bad idea. This may have been better with a better reader.

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    tomburkefeelwrite 03-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Author narrator ruins her own classic"

    I love this novel and the author but her reading is muffled and stilted and detracts from her enchanting storytelling. PLEASE REDO WITH ANOTHER DETACHED NARRATOR.

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    Martina Hanke 03-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh My God"

    What a story. I'm deeply stirred. How does she write a book like this. Thank you.

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    Amazon Customer 12-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting story!"

    Although it was very annoying at times, the authors timing and execution kept me listening for the next answer, detail, or development. The story was very interesting.

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    Sarahjoy Brooklyn, NY United States 12-24-16
    Sarahjoy Brooklyn, NY United States 12-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful"

    Toni Morrisons voice is perfect and adds depth to her heartbreaking and deep story of a life of loss and inner strength

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