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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (135,017 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • “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 York
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Superb. . . . A profound and shattering story that carries the weight of history. . . . Exquisitely told. Cosmopolitan
  • “A masterwork…Wonderful…I can’t imagine American literature without it.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Written with a force rarely seen in contemporary fiction…One feels deep admiration.”

    USA Today

  • “A work of genuine force…Beautifully written.”

    Washington Post

  • “A brutally powerful, mesmerizing story.”

    People

  • “Toni Morrison’s finest work…[It] sets her apart [and] displays her prodigious talent.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A masterpiece…Magnificent…Astounding…Overpowering.”

    Newsweek

  • “There is something great in Beloved: a play of human voices, consciously exalted, perversely stressed, yet holding true. It gets you.”

    New Yorker

  • “Superb…A profound and shattering story that carries the weight of history…Exquisitely told.”

    Cosmopolitan

  • “Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “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.”

    Village Voice

  • “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

  • “Beautifully written…Powerful…Toni Morrison has become one of America’s finest novelists.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Magical…Rich, provocative, extremely satisfying.”

    Milwaukee Journal

  • Winner of the 1988 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • A 1987 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Recipient of a 1988 American Book Award
  • Winner of the 1988 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Fiction
  • A 1987 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 1987 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Izzy | 2/20/2014

    " A really good book but I found it hard to connect with which I think was probably the point. The author is very talented and the writing embodies the people and the essence of them amazingly. I didn't always understand what was going on but in them times you don't need to and can just feel the raw pain of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sasha | 2/13/2014

    " The best book I've read all year. Simply incredible. Morrison's language flows beautifully, at times a subtle narrative, at others an honest stream of consciousness, but always full of flavor and meaning, always a precise and exact communication of an event, of a mood, of an idea. The way she writes about heavy pasts, about isolation within society, about human brotherhood or lack thereof, and most importantly, about women and men, and all of the flavors and overtones of her own wisdom that she adds, is inspiring and irrefutable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas DeWolf | 2/9/2014

    " Having not experienced Beloved for a long time, I decided to listen to the audio version this time. How wonderful that Toni Morrison herself read her own story. When an author reads their own work you just know that every pronunciation, inflection, and emphasis is exactly what was intended. Having Sethe, Denver, Paul D and Baby Suggs brought alive by Ms. Morrison is such a treat. I've been on the road for much of the past 6 months on tour with my own new book (Gather at the Table) which focuses on the legacy of slavery as a traumatic, unhealed wound. Being accompanied by Ms. Morrison's voice as a traveling companion in the car and in flight was simply perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lizzypants | 2/8/2014

    " I suppose it was pretty good for having to read it in school. Exremely well written. "

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