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The Bluest Eye

Unabridged / Go to Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Toni Morrison

Narrated By: Toni Morrison

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2011

Duration: 7 hours 0 minutes

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 eleven-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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  • Summer Rose-Pacheco

    Very detailed and well written. Scary and yet engaging.

  • Jonell Hightower

    Did not have word to word of the actual book, other than that it was a really good book.

  • CHRISTEIN JOHNSON

    Loved it! So many experiences to relate to as a woman, black woman, mother, and child...this novel touches on realities that are present one way or another in lives of those historically marginalized. Recommend.

  • Anonymous

    As I didn't expect this sort of story, I did not enjoy it. It was too artsy and poetic for me. The characters switched without notice and it was a hard listen.

  • Anonymous

    The story would have been much better with a different reader. She talked too sensuous and like she had a mouth full of jello. Her narrating ruined the book.

  • Anonymous

    As a Toni Morrison fan, I did not care for this audiobook. First, being abridged, it was confusing to follow all the characters and relationships. Second, the reader narrated in a soft, monotone manner - very boring, except for when she was using character voices. Overall, a big disappointment.

  • Anonymous

    Beautifully written book - reads like poetry. It was so visually stimulating that you felt like a character experiencing that moment.

  • Elizabeth Manuge

    i love the voice of the reader of this book. its so soft and absolutely beguiling, a pleasure to listen to. the story is well told, sad but true, of the life of black people, especially children, in the southern states. its hard to say more about that, all of it having been said so many times. this story tears at your heart for the little black girl who wanted blue eyes. its hard to listen to for pleasure, one has to feel pain. i usually want a more relaxing story at the end of my day but this one is riveting.

  • Anonymous

    This story is sad but an eye opener. I am glad I listened to it.

  • Anonymous

    This was a very sad story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book although very different from the ones I normally choose. It was very enjoyable. I would highly recommend it. It is fairly short.