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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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    J. S. Gray 09-10-15
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    "Lovedddddddddddd"

    One of my favorite books read by one of my favorite actresses!!!! love love love

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    Jen Ozkan 09-10-15
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    "Ruby Dee takes audio books to the next level!"

    This book is definetly the best audio book I have ever listened to and I have about 200 in my audible library. The story is a fabulous one by Hurston but Dee makes the character like Joanie and Teacake and Janie really come alive. The narration brings the book to life on another level. Dee even breaths life into minor characters. This is a must listen to!

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    This story will cause you to analyze your own life. Beautifully written and thought provoking!

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    Nathan Scarborough 08-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Brilliant."

    This was easily the best performance of an audiobook out of any of the 30+ titles I've listened to so far. This was truly *performance* as well as narration. I expected the writing to live up to its reputation (it was superb) but the audio part is always a toss-up. Ruby Dee was brilliant.

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    Anrica Dallas, TX, United States 08-05-15
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    The performance on Audible. The story made me believe that it is okay to love with your whole heart.

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    "Beautiful!!!"

    Wow! This story is amazing! It's a story about love. Love that is simple and pure. The narration is fantastic! I loved listening to this story. The narrator brought life to the characters. Simply amazing work!

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    Amazon Customer WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 07-07-15
    Amazon Customer WILLINGBORO, NJ, United States 07-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellence all around!"

    Zora wrote a masterpiece for all races and both genders to adore. Rudy gave life to the story like no other narrator could. It is like Rudy and Zora are the same. Their artistic marriage will last forever!

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    Gordon Stafford 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    Ruby Dee was awesome. Her character voices were perfect and her emotion and dialect were perfect.

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    Desmond 06-26-15
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    Sometimes the narration distracts from the understanding of what's being said in the dialogue. Still very poetic.

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    Angela Denton, MD United States 06-19-15
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    "Breathtaking"

    Hurston's story is an all-time favorite and Ruby Dee brings the story alive in a brilliant and heart wrenching way.

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