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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2004 Toni Morrison; (P)2009 Random House
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Critic Reviews

"A rich, full novel. . . . It lifts us up [and] impresses itself upon us like a love affair." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A rhapsodic work... Intricate and inventive." (The New Yorker)
"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)
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By JACK on 09-03-10

Poorly Edited

Years ago I read this story. Thought I would enjoy revisting an ABRIDGED version read by the Author. Ms Morrision's voice is so lovely. The edits on the story are horrible. Suddenly a man's voice interrupts the story and reads a few lines to bridge the cuts in the audio. I cannot even listen to it. Sentences don't even flow. Is there a way to get my money back on this one. Very poor Quality. Do not buy it.

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By Darwin8u on 04-17-12

You CAN have too little of a good thing.

I will typically shy away from unabridged books (audio or otherwise). However, I was figuring this would be a good one to try (T. Morrison narrated) to see if my assumptions were false. I liked having Toni Morrison narrate, but it didn't overcome the uneven abridgement. You certainly can have too little of a good thing.

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By Lisa Daniels on 05-01-14

Missing sections and strange dubs

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I like the book, I would have liked it a lot more if it was unabridged - I didn't realize that it wasn't..

What did you like best about this story?

All the parts that Morrison read

What about Toni Morrison’s performance did you like?

All of the parts that Morrison performs is perfect but there are odd sections completely omitted and dubbed over with a monotonous male voice.. why?

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness, anger, happiness.

Any additional comments?

Why is the story not complete? The whole section where Milkman meets Sweet is missing and so are other sections.. in place of those parts was an odd dubbed over male voice that completely ruined the audio for me.. and I'm disappointed. I wouldn't have bothered if I knew parts were going to be omitted.. I don't understand why that was done :(

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By Rebekah Phillips on 05-01-16

Excellent but difficult to follow

I absolutely adored the story. Beautifully read as well, but due to the complexity of the names and the way in which the story is told, it can be hard to follow.
I would recommend listening to this, but reading along with it.
Anyone can read it, and I would strongly advise people to read this book, especially with racial issues still being a relevant issue in today's society

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