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Jazz

By: Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

"[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)

Featured Article: 85+ Toni Morrison Quotes on Life, Love, Freedom, and Hardships


The first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison, who passed away on August 5, 2019, left behind a legacy of wisdom in her novels and essays. Her work explores topics like human nature, happiness, love, and enduring hardships, but also delves into the subject of freedom and what that has meant for African Americans. These quotes will get you through tough times, inspire you to look at yourself, and much more.

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

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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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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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It’s abridged.

I don’t really understand why this amazing book is abridged. The story is incredible, the narration is equally so! I just wish I could read the whole book.

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Good book, bad audiobook

The sections are all out of order in the audiobook. You can’t listen and follow along in the book. Just buy the book instead.

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ABRIDGED BOOK!!

This audiobook is very abridges and NOT THE FULL BOOK! If you want to be able to follow the book don’t buy this.

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Abridged????

I got this audio book to help me keep up with my grad reading. It does not mention that the text is abridged. Imagine my surprise when I'm missing HUGE chunks of the story.

Either give us a full reading or CLEARLY mark this as abridged. Shame on you, Audible!

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Good listen

I enjoyed the jazz music in the background. It helped communicate the mood of scene.

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  • Ms R Robbins
  • 08-30-20

Brilliant but abridged

This is such a compelling listen and amazing to hear Morrison speak her mind words. Just be aware that this is not the complete book!

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  • riley
  • 11-21-22

not whole book

if you're hoping for the whole thing this is not it. random paragraphs and pages are omitted

great book great performance, was hoping for all of it though