Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Armchair Audie Review Post 1



This is the first play adaptation of the classic novel and cult film. It premiered in April 2000 at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs Robinson



California in the 60s. Benjamin's got excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him… A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin's disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in this world stage premiere production.
"Terry Johnson is that rare creature: a moralist with wit. He writes with responsible gaiety" (Guardian)



Publication Date: February 15, 2011 | Series: L. a. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collection
A Raisin in the Sun is a seminal American drama and a heroic testament of hope. This new recording of Lorraine Hansberry s classic play, starring Rutina Wesley from the HBO hit series True Blood, chronicles a working class African American family struggling to maintain dignity in a harsh world. With her late husband s insurance money finally in hand, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a better home. However, her children have other plans: Walter Lee wants to buy a liquor store, and Beneatha wants to go to medical school. What happens when family dreams drastically diverge? A full-cast performance featuring: Judyann Elder, James Gleason, Noah Gray-Cabey, Corey Hawkins, Deidrie Henry, Terrell Tilford, Rutina Wesley and Mirron E. Willis.



I have decided to batch these two together in one post because I have very similar feelings about both of the productions. Honestly my opinion is that by having these full cast plays into the running with audiobooks is a little on the unfair side.
Firstly the actors that are in these plays are all very talented people, they are trained and have amazing talents in acting and vocal abilities. It's hard to rate one over the other because the cast of both do amazing jobs. I could not say that I loved one over another.
My reasoning besides the fact that these audio cd's are more like going to a play or having the tv on. They come with audience participation that laugh, cry or gasp in the right places and it adds more of a full bodied production than a typical audio book would contain.
In my opinion these type of audio's should be sold as soundtracks rather than audiobooks, I think as far as the comparison between these and the other audiobooks in the category is kind of hard to place one higher than the other.
Each story on it's own brought about several emotions. I enjoyed hearing a voice I recognized and imagined them acting it out on stage, I laughed along with the audience and overall it lead to some really entertaining rides to work over the last couple of weeks.
There is no way that I could rate one higher on the enjoyment list than the other. They were both very enjoyable and entertaining.

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