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Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston. Read by Ruby Dee. The story of the negro south in the 1930s, love and happiness and unexpected and undeserved catastrophe. This book is: Great!
I had read this book some six year ago when purchased but did not recollect the story or its import. For some unfathomable reason, I felt the urge to give it a quick second read. Well perhaps it’s wrong to say for some unfathomable reason. I was oblivious obviously of the import of the work, when I first read the book. Must have been during one of my dumb periods of life. Then recently I read several individual reviews of the novel and was at a loss to know why I had not remembered the story and its monumental import? So the reread, and how very happy I am that I did return to the book once again.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a poetic tale told in prose. Read by a goddess of cadence, the enchanting reader, Ms. Ruby Dee.
The backdrop to the story is the 1930s Afro American middle Florida community, but at the time of event the Black society, depicted in the novel, did not use anything as proper as Afro American or Black to describe themselves. That visit into 1930's Black Floridian society in itself would make the story worth the read. Yet, the real driving force is the life and loves of one Janie Crawford – and what she can teach you about what is love and what is the value of giving love.
The book is a primer on why one must set our own course in matters of love; and not comply or assent to the wishes of one’s family or society. Follow your own passions.
In addition, if you want to know the original elements of Black society; or at least the components that came out of the Afro American milieu of the 1930s then this book will teach of the prevailing cultural structure that preceded the emergence of the civil rights era.
Do you want to read a true tragedy? One where peculiar choices, which are seemingly rational at the time they are made, lead to misfortune and heartbreak. Well then Their Eyes . . . is a book you must read.
Having never read it in high school, I didn't know much about this story. I'm so glad I chose to listen to it rather than reading it. Ruby Dee was so incredibly spot on, she made every single character come to life in a way that my white, New English brain would never have been able to. This is the first book I've listened to that I plan to go back and read.
Wow, amazing virtuoso performance by Ruby Bell. The characters were voiced with such depth and richness. Switching between the elegant, scholarly narrator and the rough banter of the townspeople is quite a trick and she nails it. Tremendous book.
Such a wonderfully written story. This would be an excellent book to teach writing for a college class. The adjectives used are simply amazing!!
The ensemble was wonderful.
The poetry of the words and the ability to take me to a far away place is what I most enjoyed.
I found a list of the top 100 American novels and this book was ranked high. Audible showed that this book was under 7 hours, so I chose it to listen to for a weekend trip driving 8 hours. The "reader" was lively, gripping and felt authentic to the book. The book is full of eatherial thoughts of the main character Janie, woven through the story's twists anf turns. Those thoughts are so deep and striking, the whole book rests upon them. Engaging book! I loved it!
I disliked the over exaggeration of characters' voices. It was hard to listen to her talk and I found it quite annoying. However, her emphasis on the character's voices helped me understand the book better
They say literature is supposed to bring you pleasure in the form of companionship & escape this story did just that. I read this same book in HS and now again in college. The love I had for this story was given a whole new light by being able to hear it out loud. Everything has a whole new feel I just couldn't stop listening. I learned more and realized how different a story I saw this as now that I'm older and with child. I felt connection to the characters & their experience based on my own. This was an amazing story and I will certainly be purchasing more books. Thank you.
This is a beautiful work, one that leaves gives me great feelings of inadequacy as a writer. it will leave you aching, and aching for more. The narration is impossibly good.