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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2335)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1746)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God 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.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    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.

    Jammie says: "A lovely performance!"
  • The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison

    The Bluest Eye

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison, Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.

    deidre says: "Terrible Abridgement"
  • Mules and Men | Zora Neale Hurston

    Mules and Men

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    In Mules and Men, some of the rich cultural heritage of black America is revealed and preserved. In the 1930s, Zora Neale Hurston returned to her home town of Eatonville, Florida, to collect and record the oral histories, songs, and sermons, many dating back to slavery times, that she remembered hearing as a child. These highly metaphorical folktales, "big old lies", and powerful songs helped her to recover her history, and preserve an important part of American culture.

    Donald P. Watson says: "I laughed and reminsced."
  • Dessa Rose: A Novel | Sherley Anne Williams

    Dessa Rose: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sherley Anne Williams
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    This is the story of an extraordinary friendship between two remarkable women, both caught in the shadow of slavery in the 19th-century South. One is an escaped black slave under sentence of death; the other is white, yet committed to end the horrors her neighbors accept as a matter of course. Ruby Dee's passionate and sensitive readings gives a poignant sense of reality to this magnificent novel of courage, daring and love.

  • Rush Home Road | Lori Lansens

    Rush Home Road

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lori Lansens
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    When a 70-year-old woman finds a five-year-old girl abandoned on her doorstep, she is thrust into a sorrowful past that can only be conquered with the help of the girl who opened her memory - the very girl she is trying to save. This first novel, according to author Jacquelyn Mitchard, is one of "exquisite power, honesty, and conviction...quite nearly without flaws."

    S. Davis says: "Rush Home Road"
  • Every Tongue Got to Confess | Zora Neale Hurston

    Every Tongue Got to Confess

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Every Tongue Got to Confess is an extensive volume of African American folklore that Zora Neale Hurston collected on her travels through the Gulf States in the late 1920s. The bittersweet and often hilarious tale, which range from longer narratives about God, the Devil, white folk, and mistaken identity to witty one-liners, reveal attitudes about faith, love, family, slavery, race, and community.

    d says: "Difficult to hear so I can't rate Story fairly"
  • Maggie's American Dream: The Life and Times of a Black Family | James P. Comer

    Maggie's American Dream: The Life and Times of a Black Family

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James P. Comer
    • Narrated By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Maggie Comer was a poor, uneducated mother of five who believed that the only way her children were going to make something of themselves in the world was through education. Fighting obstacles such as racism, oppression, poverty, hardship, and World War II, Maggie made certain her childrenhad the opportunity to live the American Dream she never could.

  • With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together | Ossie Davis,Ruby Dee

    With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    • Narrated By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

    A. Ware says: "Fascinating Historical Context"
  • The Member of the Wedding | Carson McCullers

    The Member of the Wedding

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By June Angela, John Cothran Jr, Ruby Dee, and others
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Gangly, outspoken 12-year-old Frankie Addams yearns to belong to the “we of me,” and in a Southern kitchen, pours her heart out to the family cook, Berenice. One of the most beautiful plays ever written about loneliness and love.

    JOHN says: "beautiful & heart rending"
  • X Minus One: Time and Time Again | Robert Sheckley,Ray Bradbury,Ernest Kinoy

    X Minus One: Time and Time Again

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley, Ray Bradbury, Ernest Kinoy
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee, Les Damon, Staats Cotsworth
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Launch your imagination and break the bonds of time and space with radio's highly acclaimed science-fiction anthology X Minus One! Produced in cooperation with science fiction magazines of the day, the series featured provocative stories by the genre's top genre authors. Ray Bradbury, Ernest Kinoy, Robert Sheckley, and more helped Americans of the 1950s look to the future. Dramatized with an atmosphere of excitement, top radio voices like Raymond Edward Johnson, Les Damon, Staats Cotsworth, Ruby Dee, Mandel Kramer, Joe DeSantis, and Bill Lipton gave voice to their visionary tales.

  • With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together | Ossie Davis,Ruby Dee

    With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    • Narrated By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

  • Before We Met: An Unabridged Selection from With Ossie and Ruby | Ossie Davis,Ruby Dee

    Before We Met: An Unabridged Selection from With Ossie and Ruby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    • Narrated By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

  • The Family Comes of Age: An Unabridged Selection from With Ossie and Ruby | Ossie Davis,Ruby Dee

    The Family Comes of Age: An Unabridged Selection from With Ossie and Ruby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    • Narrated By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

  • Hookin' Up: An Unabridged Selection from With Ossie and Ruby | Ossie Davis,Ruby Dee

    Hookin' Up: An Unabridged Selection from With Ossie and Ruby

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    • Narrated By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

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