“Audiobook read by Ruby Dee
I decided to listen to the book on CD to capture the nuance of the story's dialect. I'm very glad I did. Ruby Dee did an incredible reading, reenacting each character's part in a believable way.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has a fascinating plot written in beautiful prose.
The story begins with the return of Janie Crawford
to her adopted hometown of Eatonville, Florida two generations from emancipation after the Civil War. We first meet Janie walking down mainstreet with every eye upon her, and every tongue wagging about who she thinks she is coming into town like that.
Janie will only confide in Phoebe, her closest friend. When she does she tells her journey of mind, body, and soul. Janie shares her joys, shame, sorrow, and triumphs that challenged her as a young girl and forged the woman she became. She shares with Phoebe her difficult first two marriages and the joy she embraces with her third husband Tea Cake. It is with Tea Cake she embraces life to fully live in the present
My Eyes Were Watching God is an amazing tale of one woman's journey through the worst life has to offer and best yet to come.”