Mules and Men

  • by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by Ruby Dee
  • 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Mules and Men, some of the rich cultural heritage of black America is revealed and preserved. In the 1930s, Zora Neale Hurston returned to her home town of Eatonville, Florida, to collect and record the oral histories, songs, and sermons, many dating back to slavery times, that she remembered hearing as a child. These highly metaphorical folktales, "big old lies", and powerful songs helped her to recover her history, and preserve an important part of American culture. The unique heritage of African-Americans, presented here with imagination, humor, and wisdom, has tremendous value for students of cultural history, as well as to anyone who loves a good story well told. This recording features Ruby Dee, a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and actress in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway and Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.


What the Critics Say

"[Ruby Dee's] narration of this seminal collection of black American folklore is nothing short of extraordinary....The stories are a treasure." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I laughed and reminsced.

Would you listen to Mules and Men again? Why?

I'd listen to it again in order to remember some of those "lies".

Which scene was your favorite?

The origin of the word "um hmm."

Who was the most memorable character of Mules and Men and why?


Any additional comments?

Wish my father was alive to listen with me.

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- Donald P. Watson

Great book!

Well worth the listen Ruby Dee is amazing and the stories are an insightful and delightful look into African American culture. Read/hear more of Zora Hurston's writing. You'll learn something new every time.
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- Reeva's Mom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: HarperAudio