Ruby Dee gives an amazing performance. I still have my college copy of Their Eyes Were Watching God, but was swayed to get the audiobook based on the reviews. Ruby Dee didn't disappoint. She brings the characters alive with distinct voices, ably handling the varied dialects. What a performance!
I read this book many years ago and wanted to read the book again. Rudy Dee tipped me to purchase the audio book. I loved every minute of this book. Rudy Dee took it to another level. Time and money well spent. I highly recommend this book - especially when read by Ruby Dee.
I am a high school English teacher who loves to listen to books almost as much as reading them.
This classic take of love and self-discovery jumps off the page because Dee gives each character a unique voice, with vocal inflections that capture every moment beautifully. As a lover of Hurston's novel for many years, I had decided to listen to the work this time around rather than simply read it once again. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dee's reading of the work perfected the text. Simply lovely.
All of them - that's the thing that is so great.
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I read this book in school and it did nothing for me - I didn't have the experience or the ear for the dialect to understand the subtleties. Ruby Dee made it real.
The story was poetically written, such great writing. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and have come to realize how the narrator's performance can make or break a book. I can't imagine anyone else reading this book-the story and the performance were meant for one another!
I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.
I read 'Their Eyes Were Watching God" many years ago. I enjoyed it, though I found the conversations written in dialect hard to understand. Thank goodness for this audiobook! Ruby Dee's reading is exquisite. Through her performance, I can hear the beauty, the rhythm, the music of the language. It's a wonderful story, wonderfully written and wonderfully performed. This is my favorite audiobook so far - and that is saying a lot. Strongly, strongly recommended.
I loved the narration done by Ruby Dee. She was simply wonderful, seasoned in her craft. She distinguished the characters and I loved how the meshed with the era
The closest I could associate would be the Twelve Tribes of Hattie.
I loved the men playing cards and horsing around. Ruby did such a great job with the voices, I felt as though I was right there watching and listening trying to understand what the men were saying.
The end with Teacake's death, that touched me deeply. Janie went through so much but she had true love when she met Teacake and he loved his Janie. Janie did not laugh until she met Teacake. .
When I saw that Ruby Dee was the narrator, I said I just had to listen to this. I was pleasantly thrilled. She was such an artist and a professional. She connected you with each character and made you become a part of them. A narrator can make or break a book and Ms. Dee as always rose to the occasion. Hats off to you Ms. Dee!