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Publisher's Summary

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 70 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.
©1937 Zora Neale Hurston, Renewed 1965 John C. Hurston and Joel Hurston (P)1997, 2000, 2004 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"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." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 04-20-13

Ruby Dee is amazing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone, particularly the audio book. Not only is this an amazing story beautifully written, but Ruby Dee takes the words and the story and breathes a life into them that I'm not sure I could have managed with my own imagination.

What does Ruby Dee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ruby Dee can read the dialect of the characters in a natural and beautiful way that pulls the deepest meaning and emotion out of their words. The language is poetry to begin with but Ruby Dee adds beauty and emotion to the already powerful words.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracy P. on 07-13-16


If you could sum up Their Eyes Were Watching God in three words, what would they be?


Who was your favorite character and why?

TEA CAKE was my favorite character because he was the one person Janie had encountered in her life up to the point of meeting him that allowed her to develop into her authentic self. He wasn't ( but then who is ) perfect, yet he had no qualms about being who he was. He enjoyed the people in his community! He truly loved being around people and seeing them have fun and lots of laughter. This being so, despite the hard times and unsure future. He lived in the moment, and that was refreshing for me, the listener.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Janie's 2nd husband (Joe Starks ) shut her out of his life as he was dying and Janie refused to let him die without hearing her out, and explaining why she said the hurtful things to him she did. She wanted to apologize, also let him know that she didn't say the hurtful things for any reason other than reacting to the awful way he had treated her.
She truly wanted them to end things on a good note before he died. He denied he was dying, as he died in front of her. His denial, resentments, insecurities led him spend his last years angry and fearful.
His lived in such self-centered fear he was more willing to believe a witch doctor, who was only out for his money, rather than make peace with his wife, and allow Janie to provide his care. She had real concern for his genuine well being, and how sad he couldn't rid his resentments towards he, and die peacefully.

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

Hope, Courage, Joy, and Peace- One woman's journey to finding her authentic self.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend! Great Novel! SO much to learn and ponder within this amazing literary classic!

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