• by Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by Toni Morrison
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe's wife, Violet, attacks the girl's corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.


What the Critics Say

"[A] masterpiece.... She has moved from strength to strength until she has reached the distinction of being beyond comparison." (Entertainment Weekly)
"As rich in themes and poetic images as her Pulitzer Prize - winning Beloved. ...Morrison conjures up the hand of slavery on Harlem's jazz generation. The more you listen, the more you crave to hear." (Glamour)
"Lyrically brooding.... One accepts the characters of Jazz as generalized figures moving rhythmically in the narrator's mind." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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The audio is not the same as the book

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I like to read and listen to the story at the same time. This is the first time that I couldn't do that. For me was disappointing no the story but the fact that the autor cut some passages in the book.

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- Rocio

Wonderful story wonderfully told

Five stars for this Morrison novel that hints at the agony of disheveled lives and paints a picture of coping that is at once horrifying but terribly beautiful . A man gets away with murder. Yet in this time and place USA 1926 how many murders are committed daily? Who pays for the destruction wrought by poverty, racism, ignorance, individual and institutional? Morrison does not pontificate but merely raises the questions with her characters' lives and their behavior .
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- Africa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio