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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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    EAF 06-28-16
    EAF 06-28-16

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    a stunning story, poetically told, expertly and lovingly narrated. this is a must-read for human beings.

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    Jeane 06-27-16
    Jeane 06-27-16 Member Since 2012

    I read from almost every genre but I do love a good science fiction. When not listening I'm camping with my Girl Scouts, baking or at work.

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    "Exceptional!"

    This book is a classic in Black literature but is also simply exceptional American literature. Hurston captures the patois of the old south and transported me back to childhoid listening to elders talking on the front porch. Ruby Dee's outstanding performance brought the characters to bigger than life.

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    Marilyn 06-26-16
    Marilyn 06-26-16
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    "Best audio book yet."
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    I would give the narrator, Ruby Dee 10 stars if that was an option. Fantastic! I am now going to see what other books she has narrated.

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    Marlene 06-23-16
    Marlene 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read/Listen."
    What did you love best about Their Eyes Were Watching God?

    This book was full of intrigue and a few unexpected twists. I love how carefree the main character was as she enjoyed her life's journey.


    What does Ruby Dee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ruby's skilled vocal abilities took me on each high and low as if I were actually experiencing it first hand.


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    C. Jones 06-23-16
    C. Jones 06-23-16

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    "wonderfully written"

    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
    Bimmie 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    "One of the Best I've Ever Read"

    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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    lexcoupe 06-16-16
    lexcoupe 06-16-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Joe Dublin, Ohio 06-14-16
    Joe Dublin, Ohio 06-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Ruby Dee brings it to life"

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

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    Maureen 06-13-16
    Maureen 06-13-16 Member Since 2013
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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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