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)
Tell us about yourself! An absolute book lover! Busy!!Listening to books on CD/digital so I can get more in. So many books; so little time!
I love this book and I have listened to the audio version, read by Ruby Dee, on CD. I bought this on Audible because I want to own it and listen to it again. Ruby Dee does and incredible job with the dialect, the emotions, the voices, the rhythm of the prose and the passion of this book.
Well, Janie would be my favorite character for sure; and I think Ruby Dee does a tremendous job protraying her.
Would love to but probably will never be able to.
Saw the movie, (in which Rubie Dee had a part). It was good, well-perfomed, but like a lot of books made into movies, it lost a lot in the editing that brought it to the screen in a movie of reasonable length. What's good though is that parts of the book are read verbatim for narration of the movie, and this at least that gives the movie a touch of the genius of Zora Neale Hurston's poetic prose.
I had a hard time reading the printed text because I generally have a hard time reading anything written in dialect. I am even annoyed when I get misspelled text messages from relatives written in dialect because I have to reconstruct what they are supposed to say. After reading the text, I thought an audiobook version would be lovely but I have to disagree with most reviewers. This is a beautiful love story and although the main character is older in the novel she strikes me as in her 40s during the telling of the story. Hearing Ruby Dee's narration is sort of like having your grandmother tell you about her love story. Although she did a great job, it took me out of the story a bit and I would have enjoyed a younger voice.
Audible is the soundtrack to my busy, city-walking life!
The display of humanity and true love.
EXCELLENT!! She totally brought the feelings and mood of the story to life.
Great, great read (listen)!!
I believe they audio and print version are equally good considering what type of reader you are.
Ruby Dee's narration is what makes the book so real for the listener. You can visualize each character by her voice changes and inflections. It was very easy to follow.
This was a great story about faith, love and coming of age.
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.
Report Inappropriate Content