This is at the TOP of my list of favorite books! It has truly enriched my soul and opened my mind. I am so glad to have read it!
The story is so lovingly told and so lovingly narrated by Ruby Dee. I am sometimes ambivalent about "reading" books via audio, but I really think I would have lost something by simply reading it and not experiencing Ruby Dee's performance. She is sheer genius.
Janie, who endures.
Early in the book there is an exquisitely written passage that describes the blooming of a pear tree just as Janie is blooming in young womanhood.
No. I wanted to savor it because I didn't ever want it to end.
Ruby Dee absolutely nails this performance. She brings every character to life in all the grace, humor, whimsy and world-weariness with which they are endowed by author Zora Neale Hurston. I'd seen this book on "must read" lists for years and passed it by - so grateful to have finally chosen it and in this format. It is a treasure.
Ruby Dee's performance was outstanding. Her performance brought each and every character to life. Zora Neale Hurston is a master. This is one of her best works.
Amazed by the talent of both the writer and the performer. Zora Neale Hurston's lyrical prose is wondrous. Ruby Dee's reading showcases her range as an actor. I was ignorant of how gifted the two women were; my eyes got to glimpse their glory.
Ruby Dee brings so much life to this classic tale. Zoe's Neale Hurston's writing is so brilliant no other narrator would have done it due justice. A true treasure.
I read from almost every genre but I do love a good science fiction. When not listening I'm camping with my Girl Scouts, baking or at work.
This book is a classic in Black literature but is also simply exceptional American literature. Hurston captures the patois of the old south and transported me back to childhoid listening to elders talking on the front porch. Ruby Dee's outstanding performance brought the characters to bigger than life.
This book was full of intrigue and a few unexpected twists. I love how carefree the main character was as she enjoyed her life's journey.
Ruby's skilled vocal abilities took me on each high and low as if I were actually experiencing it first hand.