Reviews for Home


AudioFile Reviews 2012 June
Toni Morrison sets the gold standard for a writer narrating her own work. Is there something higher than gold? Platinum? HOME is an elliptical book--so lyrically spare and carefully written it approaches poetry. For an audio version to succeed, it has to replace the security of the words keeping still on the page with something else that will hold the listener in the same way. Morrison's elegant, modulated, perfectly articulated performance does just that. It proceeds magisterially, giving every word exactly the weight it deserves and the time it needs to show the listener not only what has been said, but what is left unsaid. The story, of a damaged Korean war vet trying to get home, is at least in this telling, unforgettable. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 August #2

Set in the 1950s American South, Morrison's latest follows Frank Money, a troubled, African-American veteran as he tries to rebuild his life after the Korean War, overcome rampant racism, and care for his ailing sister in the hometown he tried to leave behind. Morrison's sparkling narration has a musical quality--her sonorous voice capturing the essence of her characters--and conveys a wide range of emotions, often within a single sentence. Although Morrison doesn't create accents or particularly distinct voices for all the characters, her reading is compelling and will make listeners care deeply about her characters and their fragile futures. A Knopf hardcover. (May)

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Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

Set in the 1950s American South, Morrison's latest follows Frank Money, a troubled, African-American veteran as he tries to rebuild his life after the Korean War, overcome rampant racism, and care for his ailing sister in the hometown he tried to leave behind. Morrison's sparkling narration has a musical quality--her sonorous voice capturing the essence of her characters--and conveys a wide range of emotions, often within a single sentence. Although Morrison doesn't create accents or particularly distinct voices for all the characters, her reading is compelling and will make listeners care deeply about her characters and their fragile futures. A Knopf hardcover. (May)

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