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Jazz

Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 3 hrs
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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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.

©2007 Toni Morrison (P)2015 Random House Audio

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"[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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  • Rocio
  • 29-03-16

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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  • Daniel `
  • 05-11-17

Why does the audiobook skips lines of the story

I was using this audio book and the reader would skip pages and it would be very confusing to follow up.

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  • Prime
  • 11-05-19

Abridged

Great writer/reader, but roughly half of the book is missing from the audio recording. honestly, I feel ripped off

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  • Antonio MIller
  • 26-06-18

Would be nice if it was the whole book.

I prefer to read the book in it’s tactile iteration as I am listening to the audio version. This heavily abridged version of Jazz makes this impossible. Enjoyed it for what it was though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-17

Abridged

What disappointed you about Jazz?

This is an Abridged version of the book. The author is a master, and nothing in the book is superfluous. It's unfortunate that the audiobook is not more clearly marked as being abridged. I will be returning it.

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  • Pen1
  • 26-06-15

A true masterpiece!

A joy to read, read again and the.n be blessed with the treat of hearing Ms. Morrison read it to one's ear. Each experience of this book reveals new dimensions of the textured characters and offers a sufficient helping of the history of the Great Migration of African Americans from the brutal South to the not so subtle prejudice and veiled segregation of the North.
Jazz for me remains a staple and throughly satisfying and provoking work of literary art!

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  • Bearinthehouse
  • 09-05-15

Extraordinary

Interweaving stories, layers of lives and histories, move like music, like jazz. Echoes of pain, love, origins become the whole novel -- the call and response and turning, reaching of jazz. Time is fluid. Lives blend and separate. Toni Morrison merges text with music, one reflects the other in this brilliantly crafted novel that is haunting, visceral, as all great music is.

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  • Bee
  • 17-11-19

A Strong Story Premiss

This is a strong story, but I wish the author had allowed someone else to read it. Unlike Maya Angelou who had a theatrical voice and a strong storytelling presence, Morrison just did not. It took a while for me to get into the story and with the dry storytelling style I gave up maybe 1/3 through.

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  • Lois Thompson
  • 13-10-19

Mellifluous

Ms. Morrison does the reading herself so the narration is beautiful, and I knew it would be; did the narration clarify the story though? Well, not for this whitegirl, alas. I understand what happened now on a deeper level, but I still have questions. Maybe my book club can help figure.

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  • Alice
  • 13-05-19

audio is not the same

This audio recording seems to be an abridged version of the novel. I have to pause the audio every couple of sentences to keep up with the reading.