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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Narrated by: Ruby Dee
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, African-American
4 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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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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It is only 5 chapters!

This was a complete waste of my time. I needed all 20 chapters. It needs to be a description of how many chapters are in the audible.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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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!

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Beautifully Contrasting

Though it was expertly delivered, it did skip quite a bit of text. Overall, it was a beautifully contrasting story of tradition vs convention, duty vs desire, appearance vs reality, and the intricate way fear and vulnerability serve as both comrade and foe to love. The journey Janie's innocence takes as her curiosity leads her to self-discovery is riveting.

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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.

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  • Susan
  • New York City
  • 03-13-19

Riveting

This is the best audible book I have ever listened to in over a decade. Absolutely stunning and absorbing. I stopped everything and listened straight through.

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Entirely excellent.

You can’t go wrong with “There Eyes Were Watching God.” Hurston takes on fundamental questions of life’s meaning, gender, race, and intimacy. And she does so in prose that is spare and honest.

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Beautiful

First book I every heard or read by author. Beautiful and sad story. Will read more of this author.

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loved it!

Aside from Ms. Houston's exquisite use of prose, Ruby Dee's narration totally takes the cake.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-18

excellent

this was a wonderful rendering of life, it was narrated with such feeling and gave so much life to the story