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Love

Written by: Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins

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Publisher's Summary

May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida, even L: all women obsessed by Bill Cosey. More than the wealthy owner of the famous Cosey Hotel and Resort, he shapes their yearnings for father, husband, lover, guardian, and friend, yearnings that dominate the lives of these women long after his death. Yet while he is both the void in, and the center of, their stories, he himself is driven by secret forces: a troubled past and a spellbinding woman named Celestial.

This audacious vision of the nature of love, its appetite, its sublime possession, its dread, is rich in characters and striking scenes, and in its profound understanding of how alive the past can be.

Love is a major addition to the canon of one of the world's literary masters.

©2005 Toni Morrison (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the critics say

"A dense, dark star of a novel...with Morrison writing at the top of her game." ( Newsweek)
"Haunting. In lyrical flashbacks, Morrison slowly, teasingly reveals the glories and horrors of the past. Morrison has crafted a gorgeous, stately novel." ( Publisher's Weekly)

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  • Steve
  • coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2010-05-22

Wonderful

Love Toni Morrison, especially her narration. Now when I read her other equally wonderful books I literally hear her voice!

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  • Marisa Walker
  • Atlanta
  • 2015-07-01

Ms Morrison never disappoints!

I am biased. I love everything Toni Morrison has written. And this was a great story.

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  • sadiqua
  • 2015-04-27

her voice is like velvet or an old wise friend.

Toni's writings is smart and intelligence even though she rights about a time gone by.
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  • MrTallyMane
  • I hear it's fun to stay at the YMCA
  • 2014-10-09

Brilliant

Where does Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best book I have read so far. It is a very close tie to Beloved.

What did you like best about this story?

Morrison's ability to steadily build a concept, both from the beginning of a story to the end, as well as from the end back to earlier places in the story is excellent. It has taken me a few tries to become accustomed to her writing style. It is definitely a labor of love. But this book as well as the others of hers that I have read, manage to hold my interest.

What does Toni Morrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The author's extremely fluid use of language make it, in my opinion, virtually impossible for anyone else to accurately narrate her writing. Often the true meaning of a phrase lies in the inflection with which it is read. And since the ability to express inflection in what the narrator reads aloud is so very limited, the only way to know Toni Morrison's true intention in saying one thing or another is to hear her read it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a few light chuckles, but no tears. I was however extremely excited to get back in the car to hear another 45 minutes of the juicy story on my way to or from work every day.

Any additional comments?

It will probably take me a 3rd or 4th read through this book to fully understand all the symbolism and subtlety. However, it is very much worth the effort.

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  • KayeTidwell
  • SACRAMENTO, CA, United States
  • 2012-01-30

First Book I Didn't Finish

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

Yes

Would you ever listen to anything by Toni Morrison again?

Probably

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Toni Morrison?

There are several others I'd consider

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not sure because I didn't finish it

Any additional comments?

Toni should probably stick to writing because I thought her narration was poorly done. I have over 60 books and she didn't bring the characters to life. I just could not get into the book.

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  • Jackee Denn
  • 2019-11-01

in the name of Love

love the book. after I learn all the characters it was an excellent storyline. can't wait to read another one of Tony's books.

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  • t dismukes
  • 2019-05-22

A Must Read...

This novel is so beautiful it gives me goosebumps! For all of its elegance, it still manages to be an easy read. Not a big reader? The narration and language feel more like watching an amazing movie, and the Audible version doesn't disappoint. Love's characters are sharp, spicy, and soulful, and the story is so layered--you'll be uncovering gems for years to come. This novel is a masterful tour of love and all of its ways. Should've made its way to the big screen and Oprah's Book Club years ago--here's to hoping it still does. You won't be disappointed! Thank you, Ms. Morrison.

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  • Ahashta
  • 2019-03-27

She does it again!

Morrison knows how to hook a reader, fill them with questions and then put it all together in a way that makes you have to go back and read the book all over again! I love it!

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  • Kim R. Brooks
  • Chicago
  • 2019-03-22

Toni Morrison is the consummate storyteller!

The story was a little difficult to follow at first. However each chapter became revealed another intriguing layer of the story and its complicated characters and their secrets/truths.

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  • donna
  • 2018-08-26

Insightful poetic

Thank you, once again Toni Morrison, for offering new and better, deeper and richer ways of seeing the world.