God Help the Child

  • by Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by Toni Morrison
  • 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child - the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment - weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape and misshape the life of the adult.
At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally Bride's mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."
A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.


Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, April 2015 - Let my bias be known: I love Toni Morrison. Being a super fan, I approached God Help the Child with both high expectations and some apprehension. Bride, the main character, is a modern-day woman: almost a cliché of the fashionable and self-absorbed business woman. But under that not-very-interesting surface is a rich, and disturbing, undercurrent. Bride, and the other characters that enter the story, have suffered unspeakable abuse. Morrison uses her magical way of showing where (physically, spiritually, and emotionally) the effects of that abuse lives in each of them. Both modern and timeless, God Help the Child is a short, brilliant work – I cannot wait to listen the author put her voice to this story by narrating. —Tricia, Audible Editor


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Customer Reviews

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God Help Us All

I purchased the hardcover of this book - I purchase the hardcover of all her books, when possible. But, when I learned Toni Morrison recorded the narration for the audiobook I decided to listen instead of read.
If you read Toni Morrison, you understand she is intimately tied to each of her characters, an invisible and unimaginable adhesive binds them, so hearing them brought to life under the guidance of Toni's voice is a rare gift.
This story is not flowery language, it is history and legacy and good words that strike through the marrow to pin to the wall that skeleton all our flesh has hardened over. This book is lesson and warning. What becomes of a child refused basic human kindness?
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- Tzynya Pinchback

Not her finest . . .

Would you try another book from Toni Morrison and/or Toni Morrison?

I am a HUGE Toni Morrison fan but I thought this book was not her finest. It had some good points, but the ending was weird and implausible.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The least interesting was the central character, Bride. I found the other characters--Booker, Queenie, etc. much more interesting.

What didn’t you like about Toni Morrison’s performance?

She was a little raspy and difficult to hear at times.

Was God Help the Child worth the listening time?


Any additional comments?

If this is your first Toni Morrison book, start with Beloved, Song of Solomon, A Mercy, or The Bluest Eye. They all brilliant books, in my opinion. I also like Paradise and Jazz. But this book, as I said above, is not her finest.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio