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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,436 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: October 2003 ISBN: 9780739306994
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In life, Bill Cosey enjoyed the affections of many women, who would do almost anything to gain his favor. In death his hold on them may be even stronger. Wife, daughter, granddaughter, employee, mistress: As Morrison’s protagonists stake their furious claim on Cosey’s memory and estate, using everything from intrigue to outright violence, she creates a work that is shrewd, funny, erotic, and heartwrenching.

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Quotes & Awards

  • It's a dense, dark star of a novel, seemingly eccentric, secretly shapely, and with Morrison writing at the top of her game. David Gates, Newsweek
  • Haunting. In lyrical flashbacks, Morrison slowly, teasingly reveals the glories and horrors of the past. Morrison has crafted a gorgeous, stately novel. Publisher's Weekly
  • Love is a profound novel. As a vivid painter of human emotions, Morrison is without peer, her impressions rendered in an exquisitely metaphoric but comfortably open style. Brad Hooper, Booklist (starred and boxed review)
  • A gorgeous deployment of enigmatic flashbacks, Love is an elegantly shaped epic of infatuation, enslavement, and liberation: a rich and heartening return to Nobel-worthy form. Kirkus (starred review)
  • Love seduces with Toni Morrison’s signature lush prose and colorfully complex, textured scenes of human longing, suffering, and loss. She long ago claimed a place at the apex of American letters; her latest outing adds another darkly sparkling layer to that literary luster. Elle (US)
  • There’s no escaping love in Toni Morrison’s novels: it’s a difficult, complicated, ferocious force that runs like a deep and turbulent river through all her fiction, sometimes transporting and sometimes destroying people. It’s no wonder her own characters cry out against it. Catherine Bush
  • To read [Paradise] is to be pulled into a passionate, contentious and sometimes violent world and to confront questions as old as human civilization itself. . . . It is a tale of Faulknerian complexity and power. Time
  • In each of her six novels she excavates the past, tunnelling through atrocities and griefs to reach back into an American history that has been long buried. The denied past becomes a ghost that haunts the present; old bones won’t stay safely underground. Toronto Star
  • In [Morrison’s] landscape, ghosts mingle with runaway slaves and wild men and women of the forest. Nothing and no one is ordinary, and perceptions shift as she reinvents the world. The Globe and Mail
  • In her novel Beloved. . .Ms. Morrison restores to the collective memory a particular strand of its emotive past, turning a story of former slaves into what amounts to a national epic. . . . She offers everyone — not just those injured — the chance to feel the pain, the injustice and the need for healing. The New York Times Book Review
  • The suppleness of her language verges on poetry. . . . The intensity of carnal love and the intensity of affection among strangers make for a kind of paradise. The Financial Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/4/2014

    " read for college senior thesis independent study "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Psalm | 2/3/2014

    " Not my fav of her's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiah | 2/3/2014

    " Had to read this nice and slow with total focus. But sometimes the best things in life require a bit of work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andini Haryani | 2/1/2014

    " This book is a great introduction to Ms. Morrison's work. I thoroughly enjoyed the way she depicted her characters in this book and how she played with the plot. "Love" is dark and intense, yet poetic and beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/17/2014

    " Similar to The Dew Breaker, I read this with great anticipation and thought, eh. But then I kept thinking about it. Morrison never disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 1/2/2014

    " Not one of her best . . . I was kind of disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 1/1/2014

    " i really didn't understand what was going on in this book until the end--in fact, i actually read the last page, and immediately went back to the first, and read the whole thing again. but the second time around gave it an entire new meaning, and the relationships within were beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 12/29/2013

    " it wasn't the easiest read, but I have come to love Toni's writing style. a short book that kept me fully engaged. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 N | 12/16/2013

    " Really really disappointing. I expected a decent read but this was actually pretty crappy and poorly done - don't waste your time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Schwpz | 12/9/2013

    " It's a well-written book, but sadly, while I do admire the craftmanship behind it, I can't say that I enjoyed it. It simply did not appeal to me. I hope it will find more deserving fans elsewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Pugh | 11/28/2013

    " This one is a pretty powerful statement on the things that go wrong when women completely and totally depend on a man. Love is so great when the woman doesn't lean on the man for everything. This is a good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 11/25/2013

    " similar to paradise. crazy ladies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 11/17/2013

    " Dense, rich, and fascinating -- Love reminded me of why I love Southern Lit, and why I love Toni Morrison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqulyn | 7/9/2013

    " I found this book hard to follow. I feel like there wasn't enough character development and it was hard to follow who was related and how. It got better towards the end, but it's still my least favorite Toni Morrison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/13/2013

    " First book by Toni Morrison, I really wish I could say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will give her another try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine | 6/4/2013

    " Beautifully written, as always with Morrison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah Fritz | 12/25/2012

    " It was good, but it got a little tedious toward the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 8/4/2012

    " Toni is my ultimate---she can paint illustrations of ortinary things, people, and events in a way that is colorful yet insightful. You end each book feeling like you know, or maybe are one of her characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 7/10/2012

    " Okay. Not her best work, but definitely good literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riquita | 3/16/2012

    " bought him a few days ago "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eenglish | 1/13/2012

    " I found this book hard to understand and it didn't hold my interest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 7/25/2011

    " I love Toni Morrison. The line between fascination and disgust kept me reading this book. This was a good read, but not my favorite of Morrison's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 5/20/2011

    " Toni Morrison's writing is pure art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fenny | 5/19/2011

    " oww..the Indonesian translation is pretty bad to this marvelous book.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zuzana | 4/19/2011

    " She writes well, and I liked how the story developed so that until the end you didn't quite see all of it, though a lot of it was rather dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 3/11/2011

    " Toni Morrison is probably my favorite writer; everything she writes is just incredible. Like a lot of her other books, you have to be patient to find out the whole story in Love. But once you do, all the anxiety was worth it. It's a beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melchy | 3/6/2011

    " I feel like getting lost in a beautiful garden.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 2/18/2011

    " Although this novel did have some really poetic moments, the narrative was for me just a little too fragmented to harness all the emotional impact it could have done. Still a fantastic novel from Morrison though, even if it isn't her most powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/29/2010

    " I don't remember fully understanding the ending, but it was a brilliant story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/28/2010

    " Dense, rich, and fascinating -- Love reminded me of why I love Southern Lit, and why I love Toni Morrison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seb | 12/3/2010

    " Good story, it's Toni Morrison's world, not an easy one... I liked this book but I was a little disappointed I found it too similar in storyline, motive and characterization to Paradise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Irene J. | 11/2/2010

    " Sebenernya bukunya bagus sih.. tapi somehow nggak sesuai selera gue. So I never finished reading it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esmeralda | 10/6/2010

    " I enjoyed reading this book up to a point,but was not as striking like her previous ones, The Song of Solomon, Sula for example. "

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About the Author
Author Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of several novels, including The Bluest Eye; Beloved, which was made into a major film; and Love. She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor Emeritus at Princeton.