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Toni Morrison, read by the author. Random House Audio, unabridged. Four CDs, 4.5 hrs., $30 ISBN 978-0-307-74899-7

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%E2%80%94her sonorous voice capturing the essence of her characters%E2%80%94and 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)