This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in Black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a Black woman who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard.
Originally published in 1937 and long out of print, the book was reissued in 1975 and nearly three decades later Their Eyes Were Watching God is considered a seminal novel in American fiction.
©1937 Zora Neale Hurston, Renewed 1965 John C. Hurston and Joel Hurston; (P)1997, 2000, 2004 HarperCollins Publishers
"For readers who know Hurston's work, this program will be a joy; for those who are lucky and wise enough to discover her here, it will be an exceptional experience." (AudioFile)
Ruby Dee's performance is itself worthy of being called a classic. One of the great American actresses reads one of the great classics of the Harlem Renaissance.
Some books I listen to I find that I wish I had read them instead, this was definitely not one of them. Ruby Dee is marvelous.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
I was a little worried when I first started listening that I would not like the book or the narration. I was so wrong as I soon learned. This is an amazing story with an even more incredible narration by Ruby Dee. It was a very enjoyable and memorable listen and I highly recommend it.
This is by far, one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The reader did a fabulous job of portraying the dialect and different voices within the story. I was spellbound throughout the book!
The dialect is hard to read but wonderful to hear in Ruby Dee's rendering.
HUCKLEBERRY FINN -- a classic journey of self discovery in a dangerous world, more so for a young person, especially a young black woman lacking family or money .
With men or women, young or old, she found something unique to convey.
the protagonist, a woman without means who prevailed in a frightening Jim Crow world by dint of intelligence and courage.
I was intrigued to learn about the founding of Eatonville, Florida where Hurston herself lived in one of the nation's only towns built and run by African Americans.
Listen to books is a luxurious
This is a book that I found difficult to read. Listening to it was a joy. Ruby Dee does a wonderful job with this beloved novel.
The story is fascinating and seems to depict real people. Ruby Dee delivers a stunningly beautiful performance as ALL of them!
The writer tenderly communicates some of the most shameful, noble and funny aspects of African-American culture.
ALL of them! She was so many people, male and female, and she never apologized for being only the narrator. She dove in deep and came up with a master-piece, in my opinion. She communicated each character with such compassion and realism. The moment of dread when
Yes, yes and yes.
Thank you, Ruby! Your performance really brings this classic to life.
Ruby Dee is a skilled actor. She gave each character a distinctive voice and brought each one to life. Miss Dee's recording is not just a good reading: because she is so good the book became a drama fully realized on the stage in my mind. I gripped the arms of my chair during the hurricane and cried at the end.
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The narration of the story was the fabulous. The story heartrendingly wonderful. I love the way Zora Neal Hurston can communicate emotion with her stories, the frustration, and feelings, and Ruby Dee was point on with her reading, she made the book come alive, I was in the kitchen, the courtroom, THE CHARACTER. It was fabulous, that doesn't happen as much with audio for me as it does with reading.
I think what I mentioned before, because I've tried so hard to describe emotional experiences, frustration, spiritual things, and I just get so frustrated myself - I just seem to be unable to find a way to spit anything out in a way that anyone else can comprehend. Those experiences were so well communicated in this book it was unbelievable.
Her expressiveness and versatility I think. She is so instinctively
It would have to be Janie, she learns to find herself though pain and grow with it, but it seems like she could have side-stepped some, was it that much harder in 1937, or is the 2x4 way of growth inevitable for some of us, no matter what the decade?
It seemed to start slow but once it gripped me I was hooked until the end. I had to get used to the dialect though. But it is a good story of post and an interesting listen.
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