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Toni Morrison

12 Hours 0 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2006

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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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 eighteen 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.

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  • Anonymous

    This was a very difficult book to get through. If you are sensitive about looking into the darker parts of history, this book is not for you. If you are easily distracted or find your mind wanders easily if the poetic prose are too dense this book is not for you. I would recommend that you give it a listen especially since the author does narrate it and she truly has a wonderful voice.

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  • Nelly A.

    This book is brilliantly written and bears the mark of Morrison's deepest truth telling. the imagery is brilliant and told through Morrison's voice, the dialogue wholly comes to life.

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  • Hannah B.

    Loved this book!

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  • Juliana C.

    This book is fantastic!!! Amazing story, vivid details, great narration. The author narrates it and you can hear the entonation and language she carefully crafted. A unique and amazing book. The best audio book I've listen to. Her voice is very soothing and calm. Be careful while driving. Don't fall asleep or the ghost might get ya!

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  • Megan H

    I found this book to be captivating and tragic. The narration is like syrup, thickly sweet and slow, which is required to understand the poetic nature of the story. I fully recommend this book to anyone willing to dive into the horrors, heartbreak, and beauty of past time.

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  • Emily W

    Beloved is a life-changing book that I’ll, personally, never forget. The perspectives of all the characters during this period piece are diverse yet many of the same conclusions are drawn. All the allegories behind the main characters truths shed light on the horrors of slavery in American History. As a sociology major, I remember reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman for one of my classes and appreciating the creativeness of the storytelling and themes surrounding our patriarchal society and the oppression of women. I believe Beloved takes these issues a step further in demonstrating the complexities faced by African American women during slavery and how some of these issues are still translated into our world today. Well-done story and worth the read. Again, life-changing!

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  • bryan Wurdeman

    This book put me to sleep. It was a chore to read and I thought it was completely uninteresting. That's just my opinion, though.

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  • Latisa Pacheco

    A powerful and sad story. I learn so much from Morrison 's writing style.

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  • Madeline Paul

    I had to read this book for my AP Literature class and decided it would be easier to listen to and just highlight along the way. The narration itself is very, very, painfully slow. If you speed it up to 1.25 or even 1.5 it's much easier to listen to in my opinion. I enjoyed the fact that Beloved was historical, with the whole backstory about slavery, but at the same time fantastic, with the fact that the whole plot is based on this ghost baby. While the plot was slow at times, it was still unexpected and kept you listening.

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  • rachel ramaker

    Great book and the narration was great! Toni Morrison's narration was distinct, an as usual full of her symbolism and themes.

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