i found the teling of this story to be so delightful. hurston's gorgeous use of metaphor and flowing prose breathe such soul into this work. ruby dee brings the writing to life as she is so adept at voicing the mundane inflections and dialect of the times making me feel i was right in florida with janie and her goings on... i thoroughly enjoyed it.
This story is stunning in its beauty and pathos. The reader is masterful in her ability to portray the different characters. I will be watching for other books from this brilliant author.
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.