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Their Eyes Were Watching God Audiobook

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: I loved this book when I read it, but it wasn't until I listened to Ruby Dee's performance that I realized how much I had missed. Hurston's book is filled with rural Florida dialect and vernacular that is hard to appreciate on the printed page, but becomes poetry in this glorious recording. Dee paints each character vividly with her rich and velvety voice. —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Craig Jones 06-23-16
    Craig Jones 06-23-16

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    This is a good story during that particular in America's history for Ruby Dee just kills the narration she is marvelous! she's able to handle the book characters in a superb performance. wonderful to listen to.

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    Bimmie 06-22-16
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    Ruby Dee makes this story come alive. Best. Performance. Ever.

    The story has you there with Janey.

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    Gordon Wilson Salt Lake City, UT USA 06-20-16
    Gordon Wilson Salt Lake City, UT USA 06-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    Spectacular performance. Inspiring story. Soul-reaching. Touched me profoundly. I can't believe I lived this long without reading this book!

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    "I love Ruby Dee!!"

    Ruby Dee read the book beautifully. I read this book in high school but wanted new perspective as an adult. I loved it.

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    Dee's performance is fantastic. She brought this book to life for me. It's a worthy purchase.

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    "a beautifully written story, poetic and haunting"

    The narrator was fabulous. The story resonated more by hearing it than if I would have read it.

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    This is one of the best books and narrative performances ever posted on Audible. I will seek out Miss Ruby's other memorable performances.

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    Jane C. Harris 06-11-16

    I most enjoy reading spiritual books to nourish my soul; psychology books to enhance my profession; & psych thrillers for fun escapism.

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    "Pure Poetry"

    This is a book that, when read by the gifted Ruby Dee, can only be experienced. No description or review can do them justice.

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    Huh 06-08-16
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    "Ruby Dee's Narration Fitful Tribute to Hurston"

    Ruby Dee's delightful narration breathes life into Janie, her search for true love, and her exploration of the great horizon.

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    tzhunter 06-06-16
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    100%!!!! Tried to read this, but the dialect stopped my eyes and I couldn't make sense of it. But LISTENING was pure magic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Their Eyes Were Watching God?

    Without spoiling, after hearing about what happened to --------, I cried.


    What about Ruby Dee’s performance did you like?

    Rube Dee made it sound as if there were 30 different characters in the room, not just one woman performing.


    Any additional comments?

    I had listened to this by another narrator and loved it, but Ruby Dee lifted the material even higher, if that's possible.

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