Robin Miles narrates this audiobook with empathy and a sure sense of Hurston’s literary voice. She arranges her pace and adapts her tone in ways that give listeners access to the author’s idiosyncratic brilliance. Capturing Hurston’s intonations and invigorating her varied essays with an understanding of the author’s intentions help reveal her meanings and bring Hurston’s world vividly to life. Whether it be the title story in which she argues that African Americans have been so stereotyped in literature that their real lived experience has not been expressed or her controversial takes on segregated education or her detailed reporting of the 1952 Ruby McCollum murder trial, Miles’s narration works. Listeners hear her nuances and gain an appreciation for her as a folklorist, literary stylist, and deft journalist. A.D.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2022 Best Audiobook © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2022]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9780063043886 $29.99
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