This is a performance audiobook which shows how it should be done. This excellent Yasmina Reza play, brilliant translated by Christopher Hampton, is utterly engrossing. The premise is simple, two people (one man, one woman) sit in a carriage on a train trip through Europe. The play explores their thoughts as they travel, internal monologues assessing their lives, their loves, and each other. David Suchet's performance is marvelous - he is a performer who knows the power of radio drama, and Harriet Walter is equally enchanting. Buy this audiobook if you want something poignant, funny, and engaging.
This audiobook reminds me greatly of Equus, a startling and astounding play. This is a complex play where faith, science and belief come into conflict over a tragedy that takes place in a convent. Just what happened with Agnes, a young novice in the order? Where was God in it all? Was it divine or was it madness? Can her court appointed psychiatrist help uncover the truth? What will happen if she does?
The play has been perfectly produced and each character performed with competence and the depth required. They are so much more than stereotypes, but fully formed human beings.
No matter what your view on religion, this play will engage and entertain, perhaps confront you, and ask you to think about your own beliefs - and that's where it become a great piece of performance art.
You know a play and its performers have done their job to perfection when they get you talking back to the characters while you're listening to the audiobook on the drive home. That's precisely what this audiobook had me doing, not because I found it rip-roaringly funny or even totally enjoyable to listen to, but absolutely engaging and engrossing in its clever and full portrayal of people and their quirks.
In these three short plays, set within a single suite of the Plaza hotel, you encounter people in a variety of circumstances and points in their lives. From a couple on their anniversary to a Hollywood mogel getting in touch with his past to the mother and father of the bride (and the bride), these plays look at life, love, hope and dreams, reality and ideals. Brilliant writing is coupled with talented and well-used voice talent, which makes this an audiobook well worth listening to.