Audie Awards 2011: Audio Drama
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  • Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Amy Irving, Edward Herrmann, Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    With Saint Joan, George Bernard Shaw reached the height of his fame as a dramatist. Fascinated by the story of Joan of Arc but unhappy with "the whitewash which disfigures her beyond recognition," he presents a realistic Joan at war not just with British invaders but with realpolitik. This is a masterpiece of the theater of ideas, presented in the most eloquent, vital, human, and moving terms.

    Tad Davis says: "Amy Irving is stunning"
  • Art

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Yasmina Reza, Christopher Hampton
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban, Brian Cox, Brian Perry
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    How much would you pay for a painting with nothing on it? Would it be art? Marc's best friend Serge has just bought a very expensive - and very white - painting. To Marc, the painting is a joke, and as battle lines are drawn, old friends use it to settle scores.

    With friendships hanging in the balance, the question becomes: how much is a painting worth?

    Gwynne says: "Charming play on the value of art and friendship"
  • The Sunset Limited: A Novel in Dramatic Form

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Austin Pendleton, Ezra Knight, Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    In a small apartment, Black and White, as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history, mining the origins of two fundamentally opposing world views. White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the menthough he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is desperate to deny it.

    Wilfredo says: "Wow"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (881)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightfully silly"
  • Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By A. J. Scudiere
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Nine years ago, Claymore Beller tried to do the right thing. It was the last thing he did. In retaliation for his efforts, his mafia bosses laid waste to his family. Only the youngest–Cynthia–came up fighting.Three years ago, Lee Maxwell made the same error. His wife and daughter paid for his mistake. In a haze of booze and regret, Lee disappeared.Now, Owen Dunham is following the trail of the ‘Grudge Ninja’–only all his evidence is false and the profilers can’t get their heads around anything.

    Suzanne says: "Retitle to Tedium"
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