Every Tongue Got to Confess

Narrated by: Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.5 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 tales, 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.

Together, this collection of nearly 500 folktales weaves a vibrant tapestry that celebrates African American life in the rural South and represents a major part of Zora Neale Hurston's literary legacy.

©2001 Vivian Hurston Bowden, Clifford J. Hurston, Jr., Edgar Hurston, Sr., Winifred Hurston Clark, Lois Hurston Gaston, Lucy Anne Hurston, Barbara Hurston Lewis. John Edgar Wideman (Foreword) Carla Kaplan (Introduction) (P)2001 Harper Audio

Critic Reviews

"With this new collection, Hurston provides an even greater sense of the black oral tradition, which demands appreciation and admiration." ( Library Journal)
"Invaluable tales of mischief and wisdom, spirit and hope." ( Booklist)

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Excellent!

Wonderful stories! Previous reviews rate poor sound quality. I disagree, I think it's clear. Volume is just a little low. I'm glad I decided to give it a chance. The stories are funny, poignant, sweet. They are treasures of our culture!

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A delightful listen. <br />Reminds me of my parents.

I absolutely loved it!
I'll listen to it again and again.
I'll also share it.

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Great Book to listen to!

I loved listening to Rubie Dee and Ossie Davis narrate this book. It was fun to listen to!

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  • 06-23-18

A number of wonderfully performed stories .

Must have more Audio books of Miss Zora.
Listening help put voice and inflection to the work. Helpful when reading the books along. Must read.

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  • 02-18-15

Difficult to hear so I can't rate Story fairly

Love Hurston's work- wish there was more out there to enjoy. However, the audio quality is terrible!!!! I love the narrators voices and have no trouble with the dialect; however, this is one of the only audible purchases I've had where I thought I should get a free credit or my mom bey back. I've tried turning up the volume on my iPhone 6, running it through my car speakers, etc. It sounds like garbled water.

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Riveting Tales

Thurston captures amazing narrate that are beautifully brought to life by Ruby See and Ossie Davis.

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Excellent stories poor performance

Zora's Folktales are magical and Ruby Dee is wonderful however Ozzie Davis was almost impossible to understand. With a different narrator this story deserves five stars.

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Great American writer as read authentically

The greatest American acting couple on both stage and screen bring great authenticity to their readings of the great American novelist Zora Neale Huston's well researched reporting of many traditional American folktales and fables. I wish audible would offer Ossie Davis's reading of Muhammed Ali's literate autobiography Soul Of A Butterfly. Ruby Dee is warmly loved by all and their readings here open widely hearts and minds and souls.

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Wonderful short stories

Ruby and Ozzie were a perfect choice to narrate these amazing works of art!! The cadences and accents they used really brought these folk tales to life! I could see myself sitting on a porch somewhere down south just listening these tales for hours! Loved the experience!

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a unique perspective about folklore

I love the audiobook. I love the fact each story is sometimes a relating to individual experience, but the quality needed to be crisper.