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Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Desiree Coleman Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780307939876
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Ravishingly beautiful and emotionally incendiary, Tar Baby is Toni Morrison’s reinvention of the love story. Jadine Childs is a black fashion model with a white patron, a white boyfriend, and a coat made out of ninety perfect sealskins. Son is a black fugitive who embodies everything she loathes and desires. As Morrison follows their affair, which plays out from the Caribbean to Manhattan and the deep South, she charts all the nuances of obligation and betrayal between blacks and whites, masters and servants, and men and women. “Toni Morrison has made herself into the D. H. Lawrence of the black psyche, transforming individuals into forces, idiosyncrasy into inevitability.” —New York Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/5/2014

    " At times it's like reading poetry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed the imagery in the book, however, I found the story much to slow and not really liking any of the characters. I thought parts of it were very predictable as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vern | 2/5/2014

    " Toni captured love, race, and class all in one novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryanne | 2/2/2014

    " This one is my favorite Morrison. The phrase: 'something in his heart knelt down' is in this book. She's Mozart with words, Renoir with a pen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/1/2014

    " The most heavily atmospheric of Morrison's novels, also the most accessible. Very little of the obtuseness that can be found in Beloved and Paradise and makes them more difficult, but not more entertaining reads. Of course, since this is Toni Morrison, the ending is a little ambiguous and less than satisfying, but still a massively beautiful, marvelous novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orishaz | 1/30/2014

    " I loved this book. It's my 4th favorite Toni Morrison behind 1) Sula, 2) Beloved, and 3) Song of Solomon. I still haven't read "A Mercy" yet, so this list might change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/28/2014

    " I didn't like this book quite as well as some of the other Morrison novels I've read. I can't really figure out why. The characters were good. So was the description and the story line. It just didn't grab me as much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Psalm | 1/22/2014

    " not her best, not her worst "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/22/2014

    " I think if I had read this 30 years ago it would have been much more of an eye-opener. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 1/18/2014

    " Not my favorite Morrison novel, but I find anything she writes is well worth the time and effort to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 1/9/2014

    " This is one Toni Morrison novel I have to go back and read. I missed a lot, whether due to my whiteness, young age, or a combination. I will read and revise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trikkessa | 12/27/2013

    " I was really intimidated by Toni Morrison, I felt like her books would go over my head, but this book was a down to earth story, that most women could relate to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athena | 12/16/2013

    " Whew. This book was a roller coaster. It started off very slowly, but picked up quite strongly in the middle. At this point, the writing became exquisite! It was, however, like trudging through mud....chocolate flavored mud. It was hard, but delicious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 12/10/2013

    " Flowery prose that I have no patience for. Next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 10/23/2013

    " I got in trouble for reading this book in jr. high. My dad stuck up for me. It was a pretty cool day for book lovers in Ohio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lashawnda | 7/23/2013

    " This was a really good book, read it a while ago, think it will be one of my re-reads in the near future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ridovhusanae | 9/24/2012

    " just wen i was thinking toni morrison was the woman to read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 9/10/2012

    " Tar Baby kept goosebumps forming throughout my body. A fine read. Fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 3/27/2012

    " Some of the magical or dream-like passages were, still, over my head. I will read the book again in another couple years and perhaps "get it" then. A beautiful intense love story with lots of overlap with other themes: aging, race, American culture, women's issues, etc. Morrison is a wonder, again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 3/18/2012

    " This is my favorite of all Toni MOrrison's books. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 3/13/2012

    " sylvie asked me to read it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/26/2012

    " Kept me reading but somewhat disappointing. Not as impressed with it as I thought I would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/27/2011

    " I think Tar Baby had a good story behind it, but it was very scattered for me. I had a hard time staying focused on when events happened and who's point of view we were looking at. There were a lot of issues presented in the book which makes it an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattoncox2 | 7/6/2011

    " My very first book I read of Toni Morrison I read it after reading a review in Essence Magazine. I loved this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 5/2/2011

    " This was very clever, but somehow not so affecting. I've read The Bluest Eye and Beloved. While simpler (I think), TBE strikes me as less 'thought out'. Beloved was just sheer brilliance. I think I can see the structures in here too clearly, which makes me a bit sad. But still, very well done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 1/24/2011

    " I liked this, though not as much as other Toni Morrison (maybe because it's so . . . contemporary?)

    Narration by Lynne Thigpen was, as always, wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/28/2010

    " Why do I like each Toni Morrison novel a bit less than the previous? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 9/1/2010

    " My first Toni Morrison read was a bit of a disappointment. The rather absurd plot distracted from the messages of race, gender, class and age relations the author was trying to explore. Nevertheless I'd liketo try another from this Pulitzer Prize winner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orishaz | 8/11/2010

    " I loved this book. It's my 4th favorite Toni Morrison behind 1) Sula, 2) Beloved, and 3) Song of Solomon. I still haven't read "A Mercy" yet, so this list might change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiyana | 7/7/2010

    " took me a while to get into it...then when i finally started to love it the ending pissed me off! ugh! "

About the Author

Toni Morrison (1931–2019) was an American novelist, poet, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor. A multiaward–winning author, she wrote twelve novels, including Beloved, which was made into a major motion picture starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also received the Nobel Prize for Literature, the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Pulitzer Prize for literature, an American Book Award, the Norman Mailer Prize, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award, the Condorcet Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, and the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, among others.