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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zora Neale Hurston Narrator: Ruby Dee Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/30/2014

    " Some of the images in this book were absolutely striking...caused me to pause in wonder of how Hurston strung those words together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/25/2014

    " "You got to go there to know there" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 konami | 1/24/2014

    " read this book many many years ago, and it was required reading for a class i took last year. I forgot how good this book was. A very compelling story of a woman's life in the south. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Shaw | 1/1/2014

    " Although some critics argue this is not Hurston's strongest work; the plot of this story is one that resonates deep in the heart of a hopeless romantic. Hurston take you through the journey of a strong, fearless female protagonist, Janie. The story shows strength, determination, and faith. Hurston develops a well rounded character from descriptions all the way down to dialogue. This book will have you hooked from the first page all the way to the tear jerking ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mika Carr | 12/31/2013

    " I liked this book because it went over a journey of a woman seeking her freedom in life. I liked that Zora Neale Hurston vividly described how e main character, Janie, evolved as a person through her romantic life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Renee Hess | 12/27/2013

    " One of the most powerful books I've ever read. The plot, with such a strong female protagonist, is amplified by the authorial power of Zora Neale Hurston. The first book I've ever read written in such strong vernacular that I actually had to read out loud to understand it at parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 12/25/2013

    " an interesting comment on southern U.S. life told in first person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ceci Rivas | 12/24/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this book because it shows a female remaining strong even though so many unexpected bad things happen to her. Janie shows her independence and strength so that's why she's my favorite character. In recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erinbart | 12/24/2013

    " A conclusion is everything. Read the last paragraph of this book over and over again until the beauty and the vitality soaks into your skin! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Colgan | 12/24/2013

    " Another reviewer thought she was the only one that hated this book. She wasn't. I had to read this when I was a Junior in High School and I couldn't force myself to read it so I probably just read a synopsis on the internet. This book did not contribute to my education one bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haillee | 10/28/2013

    " I really liked this! Now to write an essay on it.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lunette Taylors | 10/18/2013

    " Beautiful, beautiful book. Wonderfully written, rich with imagery and powerful emotion. I was captivated from the introduction of Janie as a little girl. Sure, there were parts that seemed to crawl by, but overall, this book is a priceless read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A | 10/11/2013

    " I wasn't too drawn into the story so found it difficult to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmie Berends | 9/27/2013

    " I get why it's a classic and all, it's a great history lesson, sorta feminist, but I'm wasn't all WOW about it by any means. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becca | 7/28/2013

    " The language of the book is tough to get through . I don't particularly care for southern writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 7/25/2013

    " Lovely, honest and painful and delicious to read, poetic dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Risu | 6/6/2013

    " read it for school... there are so many lines in it that are just pure and beautiful poetry x) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Young | 3/1/2013

    " I had to read it for class and I just loved it. I thanked the teacher after we finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 9/15/2012

    " I've read this book before, listened to the audiobook, saw the movie. We were doing a Big Read in Worcester with this book this year, so read it again. Still like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 8/8/2012

    " Just re-read this book--actually I listened to it on a CD that I borrowed from the library. The reader is Ruby Dee. I highly recommend reading it this way. The voice in this book is musical and poetic, and Ruby Dee captures it so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/18/2012

    " The dialect is hard for me to read. I rather be able to hear it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon | 6/19/2011

    " Loved the love between the two main characters. A passionate expression of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Desiree | 5/23/2011

    " One of my favorites <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/22/2011

    " This is pretty much the book that made me an English major. I read it in high school and went to college undeclared, but when I re-read this book and wrote about it, I discovered my passion for the written word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/21/2011

    " An absolute all time favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 5/18/2011

    " Once you get over the language, it's not a terrible story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 5/17/2011

    " Maybe I just didn't get it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 5/14/2011

    " The imagery and metaphor in the book are wonderful. It is a classic rediscovered from obscurity by Alice Walker, studied and emulated by modern writers. One of the best books I have read. Loved it as much as 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. I will read all her work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene | 5/13/2011

    " one of my favorite books of all time. beautiful, sensual, vibrant writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 5/12/2011

    " I listened to this several years ago on audible.com; it was read by Ruby Dee and she really brought the characters alive. Just thought of it recently and wanted to pass along the recommendation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiphanie | 5/12/2011

    " The dialect takes a little time to get used to, but once you get into it, this is a beautiful novel. I loved entering into that crazy world of the past where race and gossip was such an issue, and the simple pleasures only mattered. A sweet and sad romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 5/10/2011

    "
    Quality writing. Quality story. If Hurston is Alice Walker's ("The Temple of My Familiar") favorite author, I can see the reasons why. I am inspired to read more of Hurston's books. "

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About the Author
Author Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston, the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, was deemed “one of the greatest writers of our time” by Toni Morrison. With the publication of Lies and Other Tall Tales, The Skull Talks Back, and What’s the Hurry, Fox? new generations will be introduced to Hurston’s legacy. She was born in Notasulga, Alabama, in 1891, and died in 1960.

About the Narrator

Ruby Dee is an award-winning actress, playwright, screenwriter, and activist, perhaps best known for starring in the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun and for her role as Mama Lucas in American Gangster, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She is also known for her civic work with husband Ossie Davis. She and Ossie had a series on public television called With Ossie and Ruby, and later published With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together, a book about their life experiences during their fifty years of marriage. Now in her nineties, Ruby continues to perform, most recently as a narrator for the Lifetime original movie Betty and Coretta.