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2.99993105488978 out of 52.99993105488978 out of 52.99993105488978 out of 52.99993105488978 out of 52.99993105488978 out of 5 3.00 (33,795 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: May 2009 ISBN: 9780307704351
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Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly.

With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars, and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A powerful, sensual, and poetic exploration of four generations of a family mistakenly named Dead.”

    Library Journal

  • A rich, full novel. . . . It lifts us up [and] impresses itself upon us like a love affair. The New York Times Book Review
  • “Exuberant. . . . An artistic vision that encompasses both a private and national heritage.”
  • A rhapsodic work. . . . Intricate and inventive. The New Yorker
  • “If Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man went underground, Toni Morrison’s Milkman flies. John Leonard, The New York Times Book Review
  • “It places Toni Morrison in the front rank of contemporary American writers. She has written a novel that will endure. The Washington Post
  • “Stunningly beautiful. . . . Full of magnificent people. . . . They are still haunting my house. I suspect they will be with me forever. Anne Tyler, The Washington Post
  • “Morrison dazzles. . . . She creates a black community strangely unto itself yet never out of touch with the white world. . . . With an ear as sharp as glass she has listened to the music of black talk and uses it as a palette knife to create black lives and to provide some of the best fictional dialogue around today. The Nation
  • “A marvelous novel, the most moving I have read in ten years of reviewing. Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • “Toni Morrison has created a fanciful world here. . . . She has an impeccable sense of emotional detail. She’s the most sensible lyrical writer around today. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “A fine novel exuberantly constructed. . . . So rich in its use of common speech, so sophisticated in its use of literary traditions and language from the Bible to Faulkner . . . it is also extremely funny. The Hudson Review
  • “Toni Morrison is an extraordinarily good writer. Two pages into anything she writes one feels the power of her language and the emotional authority behind that language. . . . One closes the book warmed through by the richness of its sympathy, and by its breathtaking feel for the nature of sexual sorrow. The Village Voice
  • “Morrison moves easily in and out of the lives and thoughts of her characters, luxuriating in the diversity of circumstances and personality, and revelling in the sound of their voices and of her own, which echoes and elaborates theirs. The New Yorker
  • “Lovely. . . . A delight, full of lyrical variety and allusiveness. . . . [An] exceptionally diverse novel. The Atlantic Monthly
  • “Morrison is a terrific storyteller. . . . Her writing evokes the joyful richness of life. Newsday

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamera | 2/16/2014

    " Once again I felt the pain of the characters. I wouldn't crack open a Morrison book if you are in the midst of a depression, but that's just me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aneka Lee | 2/14/2014

    " This book confirms Morrison's stature as a Nobel prize winner. It is a masterpiece of fiction, that manages to restore a humanity, complexity and hope to people of colour, as they continue to explore what it could mean to be individuals, even if there is a shared history. Morrison schools the aspiring author on what it means to really write. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Young | 2/14/2014

    " A slow start that turned into a wonderful read. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C | 1/27/2014

    " What do you know, I like her now. She's great, and this was a thicker one than Sula but just as good. I have a few more of hers to tide me over until my black female writers class next semester. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/26/2014

    " The ending completely freaked me out to the point where I read the whole book again. I love the way she writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/15/2014

    " When I finished reading this book I sat back knowing it had meant something and that I had felt something, but I was not able to quantify it very well. There is much symbolism and thinking required for me to ever verbalize the themes/lessons of this book. And part of me thinks that there are too many themes to try and say: this is what the book means. Rather I feel like different actions and relationships can be analyzed and a message imparted. I have to think - how in the world did Morrison think of all this? Where did it come from, and what does it mean? It was similar to finishing East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. I did like the characters and the journey. There is a language disclaimer. I am not sure how I could justify reading the profanity in this book and not that of the Casual Vacancy, but they seem different to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariel | 1/14/2014

    " Most well-written book we read in my African American literature class. Too bad we didn't actually talk about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ash | 1/12/2014

    " one of the first books that i have actually REALLY liked that we've read for class. I've never read Toni Morrison, but i think i will continue to do so. <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 11/18/2013

    " Honestly, I thought this book was a lot less compelling than most of the ones I gave four stars to. But it is complicated and disturbing and I mean, who am I to give Toni Morrison three stars? WHO AM I TO GIVE TONI MORRISON THREE STARS? Four stars it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni Hill | 11/15/2013

    " I think -if I remember correctly -this was the first book I read by Toni Morrison. It was one of her less convoluted stories I think -a very good book, as she is an excellent writer and storyteller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Howick | 11/3/2013

    " I love Toni Morrison. Read this one at a hostel in Panama City where we spent far too much time. Book exchanges are great. I especially liked Pilate's character. Morrison has a unique talent for putting poetry into prose. I wrote a lengthy paper on Sula, the novel that came before this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Oceana9 | 10/5/2013

    " Meandering, dilatory, boring. I finished it just because it's Toni Morrison. I am still in love with Beloved, and I have yet to find another of her books that measures up... I'm reading Jazz right now as my final test... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mhill7857 | 9/27/2013

    " I'm glad I stuck with this book. Part two was much better than part one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peachey B | 9/24/2013

    " My favorite Toni Morrison book - brilliantly written. Would love to reread at some point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tori Buchheim | 9/24/2013

    " this book was a little difficult to get into. It wasn't my favorite book, but I didn't really hate it. This book is deffinetly a bold book, and not for youngins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Griggs | 8/28/2013

    " I recently reread this book. I loved it the first time and loved it more this time around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramona | 8/7/2013

    " Read it slowly, so you won't miss anything because here you have layers and layers of meaning, including some of the best chosen names I have ever come across. Captivating from the first scene to the final finish - or is it finished? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 5/15/2013

    " Loved it. I still like The Bluest Eye more, but this is a close second. After finishing, I had to go get A Mercy, because I just can't get enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/5/2013

    " So amazingly imaginative and beautifully constructed--like an extended master fugue. Tearing one's heart over and over. Still my favorite of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie-marie | 2/22/2013

    " I thought this was a very heavy book. It took me along time to get through it dispite it's size. I found the same thing to be true w/ Love "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beata R | 12/22/2012

    " A well-written meditation on identity, responsibility, and goodness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie Bettendorf | 11/18/2012

    " After teaching The Bluest Eye, this was a nice male-centric novel to balance out my Morrison experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 10/29/2012

    " Song of Solomon is a book about a young black man's search for identity. His quest for his origins sees him come to life and defy the accepted standard of existence and survival, which is what everybody around him seems to be doing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Parins Zich | 8/26/2012

    " I remember Pilate and Guitar and flying "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvette | 8/9/2012

    " This book was truly amazing. Morrison weaved together so many themes from American life. Reading it was like watching someone do the impossible...the book is simply phenomenal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/16/2011

    " one of her best books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan Charles | 10/27/2011

    " i thought that it was a weird book. but then again i thought that it was sort of interesting. it's just one of those books that you never know what crazy thing is going to happen next. it's kinda like a page turner. i liked it for the most part. "

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

    " I literally could not put it down, it was that good of a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/16/2011

    " I love her writing but I'm always left confused at the end. I would like to read all of her books more than once to understand it. Either way I loved this book. I love how she develops the characters and how she writes her stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/13/2011

    " I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I really enjoyed the themes of ancestors and family ties and the pollution of the pursuit of money within the family. Only read this one if you are willing to put in the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 5/11/2011

    " After teaching The Bluest Eye, this was a nice male-centric novel to balance out my Morrison experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 5/11/2011

    " This book may not count for my read books because it is my second time reading it.

    I was surprised how much beauty I missed the first time. Again, I feel that the book is a bit political instead of art for its sake, but I suppose most books are. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sadonna | 5/10/2011

    " Had to read it for a college class. I found it disturbing and just not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 5/7/2011

    " Find more to love about this book every time I read it. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 5/5/2011

    " What can I say? Just a spectacular book. Full of the imagery, depth of character, and themes that you might expect from this Nobel Prize winner. The story is complicated yet down-home and it just barrels on until the end. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiphanie | 5/4/2011

    " My favorite Toni Morrison book. She had a gift for being socially conscious and delivering a strong message. I got it and was awed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/26/2011

    " Toni Morrison humbles. She's the grand-master of it.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 4/25/2011

    " Too much to say. Incredible? One of the best books I've ever read? She has enviable style, tragic humor, impeccable structure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 4/20/2011

    " Excellently written, it became a page-turner for me, which I didn't really expect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corrine | 4/16/2011

    " I just don't think I'm smart enough to understand Toni Morrison's work. "

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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.