With Ossie and Ruby

  • by Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
  • Narrated by Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
  • 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. With Ossie and Ruby overflows with consummate storytelling skill, but it's much more than a wonderfully engaging self-portrait. For as they reminisce in alternating chapters, Ossie and Ruby offer a vivid picture of the 20th-century African-American experience, both in the rural South and the urban North. For Ossie and Ruby, stardom and social responsibility were inseparable, so along with their theatrical stories of Broadway and Hollywood, where black actors fought to escape racial stereotypes, they offer an insider's chronicle of political commitment that drew the wrath of Senator Joe McCarthy and, later, the friendship of both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. And, perhaps most important to them, here is the story of their private lives and the family whose love and security more than repaid the sacrifices they made. Often funny, occasionally heartbreaking, and always clear-eyed and candid about themselves and the world they helped to shape, Ossie and Ruby have recorded a book sure to win the heart of anyone who cares about American theater, the struggle for civil rights, and the deep, inspiring values that have guided the lives of two great artists who blazed a triumphant trail. For the first time ever, experience this archival tour de force recording.

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What the Critics Say



Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2006
"This is a compelling read, effectively evoking the challenges and rewards that have attended the authors' roles as black leaders over the past 60 years." (Publishers Weekly)

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Fascinating Historical Context

Ossie and Ruby Dee are great to listen to, and the stories they tell of growing up and living through the 20th century were fascinating and informative. Their story has a bit of glamour given their fame and artistic bents, but also reminds us that African Americans, no matter how successful, had to fight to get to where they are today.

Engaging, entertaining and informative.
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- A. Ware

Simply engaging!

Where does With Ossie and Ruby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most engaging.


What did you like best about this story?

The voices and the stories about life, their craft and their family.


What about Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee ’s performance did you like?

Had such a ring of truth. Nothing was really sugar coated.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ossie and Ruby at their best.


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- Breeze "Love mysteries with a lot of twist and turns. Page turners. Love books that invite me in to stay awhile and make me sad when it ends. It can be the voice that brings the story to life or the story that breaths life into the voice. I am happy either way!!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-13-2006
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio