Every Tongue Got to Confess

  • by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis
  • 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Every Tongue Got to Confess is an extensive volume of African American folklore that Zora Neale Hurston collected on her travels through the Gulf States in the late 1920s. The bittersweet and often hilarious tales, which range from longer narratives about God, the Devil, white folk, and mistaken identity to witty one-liners, reveal attitudes about faith, love, family, slavery, race, and community.
Together, this collection of nearly 500 folktales weaves a vibrant tapestry that celebrates African American life in the rural South and represents a major part of Zora Neale Hurston's literary legacy.


What the Critics Say

"With this new collection, Hurston provides an even greater sense of the black oral tradition, which demands appreciation and admiration." (Library Journal)
"Invaluable tales of mischief and wisdom, spirit and hope." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Difficult to hear so I can't rate Story fairly

Love Hurston's work- wish there was more out there to enjoy. However, the audio quality is terrible!!!! I love the narrators voices and have no trouble with the dialect; however, this is one of the only audible purchases I've had where I thought I should get a free credit or my mom bey back. I've tried turning up the volume on my iPhone 6, running it through my car speakers, etc. It sounds like garbled water.
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- d


Wonderful stories! Previous reviews rate poor sound quality. I disagree, I think it's clear. Volume is just a little low. I'm glad I decided to give it a chance. The stories are funny, poignant, sweet. They are treasures of our culture!
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- Tracy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio