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Their Eyes Were Watching God | [Zora Neale Hurston]

Their Eyes Were Watching God

This recently rediscovered and critically acclaimed 1937 novel tells the story of Janie Crawford, a long-legged, articulate, and fiercely independent African-American woman of the 1930s. Janie's quest for identity includes three marriages and a return to her roots. Despite her struggles, Janie never defines herself by regret, fear, or unrealistic dreams, and refuses to be anything but her own person.
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Publisher's Summary

This recently rediscovered and critically acclaimed 1937 novel tells the story of Janie Crawford, a long-legged, articulate, and fiercely independent African-American woman of the 1930s. Janie's quest for identity includes three marriages and a return to her roots. Despite her struggles, Janie never defines herself by regret, fear, or unrealistic dreams, and refuses to be anything but her own person. Read by actress Ruby Dee, this outstanding recording has been widely praised for its flawless adaptation of Hurston's classic.

©1937, 1965 Zora Neale Hurston; (P)1997, 2000, 2004 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Ruby Dee does an excellent job of narrating Hurston's classic 1937 novel." (Library Journal)
"This audio succeeds in its rich descriptions and freshness of dialogue, delivering in terms that are alternately funny and moving." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jammie THATCHER, UT, United States 04-25-12
    Jammie THATCHER, UT, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A lovely performance!"
    If you could sum up Their Eyes Were Watching God in three words, what would they be?

    Incredibly beautiful language!


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

    When Nannie says "Put me down easy, Janie, I'm a cracked plate.”


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene, when Janie walks thru town and past all the gossipers.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful language and amazing performance!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ninip New York 08-20-03
    Ninip New York 08-20-03
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    "Their Eyes were Watching God"

    Brief, but poignant. Really worth hearing, although occasionally a little hard to understand the accents, for us northerners. This is already heading towards being considered a classic. An ideal audio selection.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    BEEJAXX Absecon, NJ, United States 02-18-14
    BEEJAXX Absecon, NJ, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2011

    I love to read! I love many genres.

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    "Loved It!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book to a friend because it is so well written. It is an excellent read. The way the author captures the dialect of the characters is captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the realness of the love story.


    Have you listened to any of Ruby Dee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ruby Dee was an excellent narrator. I have never listened to her other performances. I quickly looked up her bio to see if she had narrated any other books. I loved her style.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part that moved me the most was when the main character (I don't want to give it all away) sat with her friend and ended her story but comforted herself by the fact that she had found what she needed even though she lost it. A true story of better to have loved and lost than never have loved at all. Excellent read!


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED IT!!!!

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    Susie Bright Santa Cruz, CA USA 06-04-10
    Susie Bright Santa Cruz, CA USA 06-04-10 Listener Since 2001

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    "Excellent, Dreamy, Transcendant"

    This was one of my favorite books in high school, and one of the best women's memoirs ever. Inspired me all my life as a writer and writing teacher. To hear Ruby Dee was like going to a great stage performance. I envy her, I wish I could read it outloud myself! This is just a very, very special book by a kind of person you never hear from otherwise.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Rockville, MD, United States 03-25-14
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    "DO NOT BUY"
    Any additional comments?

    THIS RECORDING DOES NOT FOLLOW THE BOOK!! it skips around a lot and does not follow what is written in the book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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