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Publisher's Summary

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.

The unique heritage of African-Americans, presented here with imagination, humor, and wisdom, has tremendous value for students of cultural history, as well as to anyone who loves a good story well told. This recording features Ruby Dee, a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and actress in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway and Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.

(P) and ©1992 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Caedmon, An Imprint of Harper Audio, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"[Ruby Dee's] narration of this seminal collection of black American folklore is nothing short of extraordinary....The stories are a treasure." (AudioFile)

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I laughed and reminsced.

Would you listen to Mules and Men again? Why?

I'd listen to it again in order to remember some of those "lies".

Which scene was your favorite?

The origin of the word "um hmm."

Who was the most memorable character of Mules and Men and why?

Zora

Any additional comments?

Wish my father was alive to listen with me.

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Great book!

Well worth the listen Ruby Dee is amazing and the stories are an insightful and delightful look into African American culture. Read/hear more of Zora Hurston's writing. You'll learn something new every time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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loved this book, so deep and rich . the story's

love it , the story's told ,sounded so real , you forgot they where lies told by town folk

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Wonderful

I laughed out loud and clapped my hands. I have always enjoyed how Ruby Dee expresses her self. She is down home, nothing fancy. You will not be able to stop listening until the story is complete. Pamela Clark

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Delightful and intriguing!!!!!!

A great read!!! Ruby Dee really puts you there, With her voice inflections.Wonderfully done!!!! Love it!!!

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Classic

I enjoyed this audio book. Rudy Dee was amazing. I wish, however, that it was unabridged!

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Incredible Stories

Great narration. The stories remind me of my uncles and aunts. Very entertaining. Excellent writing. Highly recommend! Big Ben Sixteen my favorite!

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fantastic

I enjoyed this book so much, I have to listen to it again and again

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Great loved it.


I thought it was beautifully written and Ruby Dee Rest in Peace was the best choice for this narrative.