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Mules and Men

Narrated by: Ruby Dee
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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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.

(P) and ©1992 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Caedmon, An Imprint of Harper Audio, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers

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"[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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  • Donald P. Watson
  • 16-07-15

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?

Zora

Any additional comments?

Wish my father was alive to listen with me.

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  • Kindred’s Mom
  • 12-05-15

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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  • Ben
  • 06-02-19

ABRIDGED version

This is not the full book. I bought this audio book for a class I am taking, since my reading load is heavy and I thought an audio book would be a nice change of pace. When I went to do the homework assignment I realized that there were parts of the book I completely missed, so I looked at a hard copy and realized the audio tape cut out almost 1/3 of the book! This would be fine if Audible made it very clear that this is an abridged version. I cannot find a single indication on Audible that this is the abridged version. Is that even legal? I would not have bothered with the audio tape if I had realized it wasn’t the unabridged version. I feel bad for everyone who thinks they’ve read Mules and Men but have only read 2/3 of the book. I’m going to reach out to audible to see if they can post somewhere that it’s abridged. If it’s already posted somewhere they need to make it a lot more obvious.

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  • Jeremy
  • 28-02-19

Highlights A Universal Experience

Simply amazing! Creative and hilarious. It’s so intriguing how her southern black experience with Black tales and folklore transcend time and space to remain relevant to my own upbringing decades later in Detroit. Ruby Dee’s narration was phenomenal as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-18

loved this book, so deep and rich . the story's

love it , the story's told ,sounded so real , you forgot they where lies told by town folk

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  • PAMELA CLARK
  • 04-09-18

Wonderful

I laughed out loud and clapped my hands. I have always enjoyed how Ruby Dee expresses her self. She is down home, nothing fancy. You will not be able to stop listening until the story is complete. Pamela Clark

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-18

Delightful and intriguing!!!!!!

A great read!!! Ruby Dee really puts you there, With her voice inflections.Wonderfully done!!!! Love it!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-18

Classic

I enjoyed this audio book. Rudy Dee was amazing. I wish, however, that it was unabridged!

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  • bringdapain
  • 08-08-17

Incredible Stories

Great narration. The stories remind me of my uncles and aunts. Very entertaining. Excellent writing. Highly recommend! Big Ben Sixteen my favorite!

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  • Tawanna
  • 19-07-17

fantastic

I enjoyed this book so much, I have to listen to it again and again