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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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    Melissa Reynolds-Herod 08-22-16
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    The only thing that was bad was that the lady spoke slow. It was good though

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    Deidre Jackson 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    Ruby Dee's voice lent a musical telling to a woman wanting and finding love to envelope her.

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    Constance Burris Oklahoma 08-11-16
    Constance Burris Oklahoma 08-11-16 Member Since 2015

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    I would like for ruby Dee to narrate my life. She makes everything sound awesome.

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    Ruby Dee's narration raises sublime writing to magnificent heights. A masterwork of storytelling by author and reader.



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    J. Y. Whitaker North Chicago, IL USA 08-08-16
    J. Y. Whitaker North Chicago, IL USA 08-08-16 Member Since 2014

    Hiya

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    "I want love like this"

    It is a great must read book. The performance and story were great. So just sit back and enjoy.

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    Kindle Customer 08-07-16 Member Since 2015

    Just Me..Dee.. A day without reading or laughter is grey...

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    What a wonderful treat to myself. Zora being read to me by Ruby Dee. Simply amazing performance. I will be listening to this again.

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    Jason Baumbach Union, NJ USA 08-05-16
    Jason Baumbach Union, NJ USA 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    Not as engaging as one would hope, for an ALL TIME 100 books listee, however, Ruby Dee does an excellent job of giving the characters color.

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    Hehaho 08-05-16
    Hehaho 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The voice actor brought this story to life for me."

    The voice actor brought this story to life for me. If I read this on my own I would not have enjoyed the story out understood the attitudes, emotions, or nuances of the characters.

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    John & Jody SF, CA 08-03-16
    John & Jody SF, CA 08-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    Deep sigh of awe and anguish. Zora Neale Hurston chose the most luminous words to string together with her Master's hands into a necklace worn with grace and transcendent power by Ruby Dee. I didn't think it was possible to improve on these words, but hearing them spoken with such fierce, gravelly surrender byRuby Dee took my experience of re-reading my favorite book to a whole new level. My hope is that by now you've abandoned this review and are halfway through the first chapter.... If not, get on it!

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    Lana Lee Plum PORTLAND, OR, US 07-31-16
    Lana Lee Plum PORTLAND, OR, US 07-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Different faces of marriage."

    The story of growing up in Florida during slavery and after slavery. Life for black women were tough and freedom from slavery of all kinds. The three marriage reveal the struggle for freedom and respect from bondage of all types relationships. True love is hard to achieve but can be found through persistence and struggle.

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