The Bluest Eye

  • by Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by Toni Morrison
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature.
It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

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What the Critics Say

“So precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry.” (The New York Times)
“A profoundly successful work of fiction. . . . Taut and understated, harsh in its detachment, sympathetic in its truth...it is an experience.” (The Detroit Free Press)
“This story commands attention, for it contains one black girl’s universe.” (Newsweek)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent but not an easy story.

Would you listen to The Bluest Eye again? Why?

Yes, it is a very well written story that touched and challenged me.


Which character – as performed by Toni Morrison – was your favorite?

All of the story was impressionable. The character, Pecola, was very strong for me.


Any additional comments?

This was a difficult story to get through but it was important. I plan to listen to it again after I let some time pass. It was a powerful story and had a lot to offer from different views.

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- MerryJovialL

Eye opening, revelatory, insightful.

A story that embodies many cultural and shock elements set in a narrative that brings the characters into focus in a unique way.
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- Willis Butcher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio