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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

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Great story

Narrator spoke with emotion and kept you drawn in. The characters were real and you could relate. Great story of a women's independance and struggles with life and live.

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Lova Kitchen

Very enjoyable,I am looking forward to hearing more books from this author. Very very soon

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Great Story

The book was read great, just wish they included every word that the book does.

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This is a classic!

Ruby Dee's reading was magical, I felt as though I was in a theater. Janie grew so much in this novel.

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Incomplete?

The audiobook omits sentences and details from the actual book. The narration is very good, but it's very hard to follow with the book.

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Interesting

Excellent narrator! To hear her is way much better than reading the book. Enjoyed it!

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I fell in love with this extraordinary author.

I was so captured by the brilliant way this author transported me to the life and speech of a population if Blacks from a forgotten past. The story, however, is relatable to any age...that of love and loss.