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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (99,286 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zora Neale Hurston Narrator: Ruby Dee Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Their Eyes Were Watching God is the inspiring story of Janie Crawford, an independent African-American woman living in the racially charged deep South during the early 1900s. The story is told from Janie's viewpoint as she conveys the events of her life to her best friend so that she may pass it on to the community at large, which is nosily curious about Janie's colorful life. Covering three major portions of Janie's life with each span of time corresponding to a marriage to a different man, this seminal novel is at its core a powerfully moving love story. Throughout a life of difficult circumstances, numerous tragedies and great hardships Janie never abandons her most sacred ideal - that a marriage cannot exist without love.

Poignant and poetic, Their Eyes Were Watching God is a celebration of early 20th century African-American heritage and culture. Written in a uniquely lyrical and sensual prose this novel is celebrated as not only a watershed moment in African-American literature but women's literature as well.

First published in 1937 and now available in this wonderful unabridged audiobook adaptation, Their Eyes Were Watching God enjoys widespread critical acclaim and recognition as a treasured classic in American literature.

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to seventy years.

This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates boldly and brilliantly African American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a black woman who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard.

Originally published in 1937 and long out of print, the book was reissued in 1975, and nearly three decades later Their Eyes Were Watching God is considered a seminal novel in American fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is no book more important to me than this one.” 

    Alice Walker

  • “For me, Their eyes were watching God is one of the very greatest American novels of the 20th century. It is so lyrical it should be sentimental; it is so passionate it should be overwrought, but it is instead a rigorous, convincing and dazzling piece of prose, as emotionally satisfying as it is impressive. There is no novel I love more.” 

    Zadie Smith

  • 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

  • “For readers who know Hurston’s work, this program will be a joy, for those who are lucky and wise enough to discover her here, it will be an exceptional experience.” 


  • On Oprah’s Summer Reading List
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Misty | 2/13/2014

    " A very different story, but very thought provoking. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bess Boschetti | 2/9/2014

    " This was a must read for school... and I feel I was asleep through the whole thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 2/6/2014

    " A very pleasant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anisah | 2/2/2014

    " I thought the book would focus more on social issues, instead it was an african american romance novel. Probably the first of its kind. When I first read it i skimmed the book so I understood what was going on I just didnt understand the extent of it. "

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