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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

Critic Reviews

"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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A MUST LISTEN...

I don't know why I waited so long!
I'm currently re-listening...to catch the parts I missed!!! Ruby Dee is AWESOME!!!

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Every person--regardless of color--can learn, laugh and cry

Famous amongst African Americans, as a "white" person I was unaware of this work. It opened new worlds and new insights.

The languaging is phenomenal.

So beautifully written I am buying the book to have and read and mark up.

So beautifully performed I am going to begin this book again just after finishing it--something's I have never done.

Worth a listen--you will be hooked!

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Absolutely touching!

This story shows so many parts of life and love. It will touch any soul. It shows injustice and prejudice in ways that can only be seen through Janie's eyes. The narration is superb and Ruby Dee does a wonderful way of distinguishing each and every voice. The story tugs at your soul and will not let go even after you finish.

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Wonderful

An absolutely beautiful story. I feel cheated that I hadn't happened upon this book sooner. Amazing!

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The best!

I read this book for the first time twenty years ago. It was so very wonderful to listen to it! The author did such a phenomenal job writing this. The narration was superb. I couldn't stop listening. I was transported to the time and place of the characters lives with every listen. Do not hesitate to use a credit. It was so incredible!

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Awesome!

Lovely language. Beautiful story. Ruby Dee was amazing as a narrator. It was a pleasure to experience.

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Ruby Dee is Perfect

What did you love best about Their Eyes Were Watching God?

Ruby Dee's performance.

What other book might you compare Their Eyes Were Watching God to and why?

Toni Morrison reads her own books, and that's the only authority I can compare Dee's reading to.

What does Ruby Dee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She performs the dialect perfectly, at least to this ear. Both man and woman. And she feel the emotion behind the words. She weeps, she laughs, she roils with anger.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, most certainly. Gripping from start to finish.

Any additional comments?

RIP Ruby Dee.

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Gripping!

"Their eyes were watching is a gripping story about life, loss, injustice, and finally finding redemption, and freedom, in hope, and in true, once-in-a-lifetime love. Beautiful.

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Amazing

I'd seen the movie before the book so I knew what happened but "be still my heart" it was awesome!! Well worth what I paid! 😍

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Beautiful Reading

Love the narration of this. What a beautiful depiction. I bet the author is proud.