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Nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording, Toni Morrison's Beloved."The novel as spoken word is a completely new venue for readers and returns narrative to its origins. I am overjoyed that one of my books get to participate in this rejuvenation." -Toni Morrison on her Grammy nomination8 cassettes / 12 hoursBeautifully read by the Author, Toni MorrisonUnabridgedListen to Toni Morrison read her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Beloved.Set in post-Civil War Ohio, it is the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked her life in order to wrench herself from a living death; who has lost a husband and buried a child; who has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad. Sethe, who now lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter, Denver, her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs, and a disturbing, mesmerizing apparition who calls herself Beloved. Sethe works at 'beating back the past, ' but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly: in her memory; in Denver's fear of the world outside the house; in the sadness that consumes Baby Suggs; in the arrival of Paul D, a fellow former slave; and, most powerfully, in Beloved, whose childhood belongs to the hideous logic of slavery and who has now come from the 'place over there' to claim retribution for what she lost and for what was taken from her. Sethe's struggle to keep Beloved from gaining possession of her present - and to throw off the long-dark legacy of her past - is at the center of this spellbinding novel. But it also moves beyond its particulars, combining imagination and the vision of legend with the unassailable truths of history.Upon the original publication of Beloved, John Leonard wrotein the "Los Angeles Times": "I can't imagine American literature without it."In fact, more than a decade later, it remains a preeminent novel of our time, speaking with timeless clarity and power to our experience as a nation with a past of both abominable and ennobling circumstance.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 10 pages
  • 127 x 149.9 x 30.5mm | 226.8g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739342274
  • 9780739342275
  • 639,116

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Nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording, Toni Morrison's Beloved. "The novel as spoken word is a completely new venue for readers and returns narrative to its origins. I am overjoyed that one of my books get to participate in this rejuvenation." -Toni Morrison on her Grammy nomination 8 cassettes / 12 hoursBeautifully read by the Author, Toni MorrisonUnabridged Listen to Toni Morrison read her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Beloved. Set in post-Civil War Ohio, it is the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked her life in order to wrench herself from a living death; who has lost a husband and buried a child; who has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad. Sethe, who now lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter, Denver, her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs, and a disturbing, mesmerizing apparition who calls herself Beloved. Sethe works at 'beating back the past, ' but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly: in her memory; in Denver's fear of the world outside the house; in the sadness that consumes Baby Suggs; in the arrival of Paul D, a fellow former slave; and, most powerfully, in Beloved, whose childhood belongs to the hideous logic of slavery and who has now come from the 'place over there' to claim retribution for what she lost and for what was taken from her. Sethe's struggle to keep Beloved from gaining possession of her present - and to throw off the long-dark legacy of her past - is at the center of this spellbinding novel. But it also moves beyond its particulars, combining imagination and the vision of legend with the unassailable truths of history. Upon the original publication of Beloved, John Leonardwrote in the "Los Angeles Times: "I can't imagine American literature without it." In fact, more than a decade later, it remains a preeminent novel of our time, speaking with timeless clarity and power to our experience as a nation with a past of both abominable and ennobling circumstance.show more

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"A masterwork. . . . Wonderful. . . . I can't imagine American literature without it." --John Leonard, Los Angeles Times "A triumph." --Margaret Atwood, The New York Times Book Review "Toni Morrison's finest work. . . . [It] sets her apart [and] displays her prodigious talent." --Chicago Sun-Times "Dazzling. . . . Magical. . . . An extraordinary work." --The New York Times "A masterpiece. . . . Magnificent. . . . Astounding. . . . Overpowering." --Newsweek "Brilliant. . . . Resonates from past to present." --San Francisco Chronicle "A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story. . . . Read it and tremble." --People "Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature." --New York Review of Books "A work of genuine force. . . . Beautifully written." --The Washington Post "There is something great in Beloved a play of human voices, consciously exalted, perversely stressed, yet holding true. It gets you." --The New Yorker "A magnificent heroine . . . a glorious book." --The Baltimore Sun "Superb. . . . A profound and shattering story that carries the weight of history. . . . Exquisitely told." --Cosmopolitan "Magical . . . rich, provocative, extremely satisfying." --Milwaukee Journal "Beautifully written. . . . Powerful. . . . Toni Morrison has become one of America's finest novelists." --The Plain Dealer "Stunning. . . A lasting achievement." --The Christian Science Monitor "Written with a force rarely seen in contemporary fiction. . . . One feels deep admiration." --USA Today "Compelling . . . . Morrison shakes that brilliant kaleidoscope of hers again, and the story of pain, endurance, poetry and power she is born to tell comes right out." --The Village Voice "A book worth many rereadings." --Glamour "In her most probing novel, Toni Morrison has demonstrated once again the stunning powers that place her in the first ranks of our living novelists." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Heart-wrenching . . . mesmerizing." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Shattering emotional power and impact." --New York Daily News "A rich, mythical novel . . . a triumph." --St. Petersburg Times "Powerful . . . voluptuous." --New Yorkshow more

About Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio. She now divides her time between Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey. She is Robert F. Goheen Professor, Council of the Humanities, Princeton University. She is the author of five other novels: Paradise, The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, which won the 1978 National Book Critics Award for fiction, Tar Baby and Beloved, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.show more

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245,970 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 32% (77,872)
4 33% (80,215)
3 22% (54,006)
2 9% (21,436)
1 5% (12,441)
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