Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston audiobook

Their Eyes Were Watching God

By Zora Neale Hurston
Read by Ruby Dee

HarperAudio, Caedmon
6.74 Hours Unabridged
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“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature. The audio is performed by the legendary Ruby Dee.

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

An Oprah’s Summer Reading List selection

A BookRiot Pick of the 4 Most Perfect Audiobooks Ever

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 10 Classics That Never Get Old

A Literary Hub Pick of Best Second Books by Major Authors

“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature. The audio is performed by the legendary Ruby Dee.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There is no book more important to me than this one.”  Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author
“Zora Neale Hurston’s notable story comes to life through Ruby Dee’s fine interpretation. The story of Janie Crawford, her strength and gentleness, was written to be heard. Dee’s deep, melodic tones enliven Hurston’s evocative prose and powerful images…Through Dee’s strong command of dialogue and her mastery of dialect, she conveys Hurston’s sense of drama and spiritual strength in a dynamic program… Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Ruby Dee brings this magnificent book to life in a way that feels almost magical. She captures its essence, not only the specific voices of each character but the time and place, the humidity of the Florida swamps, the electricity between Janie and Tea Cake. Hurston’s prose is gorgeous, but hearing it out loud made me realize just how much poetry there is in the novel…Listening to this book was so immersive that finishing it felt like climbing out of a vivid dream.” BookRiot (audio review)
“This book is as in touch with the sublime as any American novel before or since. Hurston’s writing in this book is as complex and delicate as woven lace and yet as firm and undeniable as stone.” Literary Hub
Their Eyes belongs in the same category—with that of William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway—of enduring American literature.”   Saturday Review 
Their Eyes Were Watching God has much more humor in it; and paradoxically—possibly because the author is writing unselfconsciously of her own people—it is more objective. It never comes to the verge of conscious, sentimental ‘sympathy.’ A simple and unpretentious story, but there is nothing else quite like it.”  Saturday Review of Literature, 1937

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Author Bio: Zora Neale Hurston

Author Bio: Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960) was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist whose fictional and factual accounts of black heritage remain unparalleled. In addition to her most celebrated work, the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, her books include Barracoon, a New York Times bestseller.

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Available Formats : CD
Runtime: 6.74
Audience: Adult
Language: English