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Thalia Book Club: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' 50th Anniversary Celebration - Readings, Discussion and Audience Q&A Speech

Thalia Book Club: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' 50th Anniversary Celebration - Readings, Discussion and Audience Q&A

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Publisher's Summary

Performance playlist: Readings and conversation with Kurt Andersen, Libba Bray, Stephen Colbert, Oskar Eustis, Mary McDonagh Murphy, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Isaiah Sheffer, a discussion with the audience.

Authors and actors including Stephen Colbert, Libba Bray (award winning young-adult novelist Going Bovine, winner of 2010 Printz Award), Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director at The Public Theater), Kurt Andersen (novelist and Studio 360 Host), Jayne Anne Phillips (novelist and National Book Award finalist Lark & Termite), filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (author of the upcoming book Scout, Atticus, and Boo), and others pay tribute to the Pulitzer prize-winning classic novel about racial injustice and loss of innocence in a small Southern town. One of the most taught -- and frequently challenged -- books of the last 50 years, the book was voted the best novel of the 20th century by librarians. The evening includes readings, discussion and audience Q&A.

©2010 Symphony Space (P)2010 Symphony Space

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    Owen Shaker Hts., OH, United States 12-15-11
    Owen Shaker Hts., OH, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Where is the book?"
    Would you try another book from Harper Lee and/or the narrators?

    I would love to buy the actual audiobook by Harper Lee with almost any narrator. Unfortunately the novel itself is not available through Audible.


    What was most disappointing about Harper Lee’s story?

    It was a speech about the novel


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Live, celebratory, and a nice tribute.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had many redeeming qualities as a tribute to Harper Lee and the book, but it is important to read the novel itself before listening to a tribute to its author.


    Any additional comments?

    Had the actual audiobook of

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    Dawn Ellwood City, PA, United States 12-09-11
    Dawn Ellwood City, PA, United States 12-09-11
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    "shame on me for not reading the summary"
    Any additional comments?

    i didn't catch that this was a club discussion being that it was my first download - this is NOT the actual book i needed to read for a class

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    Brenda 11-28-11
    Brenda 11-28-11
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    "this is not the book..."

    This is not what I was looking for. I was looking for the book, not a tribute.

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    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 11-23-11
    Thomas H. Kregel Minnesota 11-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Misleading - Page shide indicate only excerpts"

    I wanted to finaly get around to reading the book. This is disappointing. Weppage says speach but does not indicate it is only excerpts from the book. I may enjoy this after I I get a copy of the book, but this was really misleading. Its about as bad as when I bought the Spanish copy of the Art of War.

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    Shannon 11-22-11
    Shannon 11-22-11
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    "Terrible"

    This was terrible not what I thought at all. Boring and not informative. Just read the book and enjoy it for its own sake.

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    Tigger United States 07-31-11
    Tigger United States 07-31-11 Listener Since 2008

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    "Pretty disappointed"

    I listened to the commentary wondering when they were going to read the book and they never did. they just talked about it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LISA MOORE, OK, United States 07-10-11
    LISA MOORE, OK, United States 07-10-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Program Type: Speech, isn't misleading"

    Not sure why this received negative reviews from those who were looking and thinking they purchased the audiobook.....the program type clearly states it's a Speech, as most symphonyspace productions are. And the summary describes it as follows: The evening includes readings, discussion and audience Q&A. Performance playlist: Readings and conversation with Kurt Andersen, Libba Bray, Stephen Colbert, Oskar Eustis, Mary McDonagh Murphy, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Isaiah Sheffer, a discussion with the audience. We used this with a class studying Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird and found it very informative.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Westfield, NJ, United States 02-08-13
    Timothy Westfield, NJ, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "False advertising"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was advertised on Amazon as "unabridged". It is not a book. Its a bunch of celebrities talking about a book. I guessed it would have been celebrities reading the book, which it is not. They are talking about the book


    Has Thalia Book Club: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Celebration turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    It was not the actual book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thalia Book Club: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Celebration?

    I would read the book


    Any additional comments?

    Change the listing of this title

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JENNIFER APO, AE, United States 11-10-12
    JENNIFER APO, AE, United States 11-10-12
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    "Not the whole story..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Why advertise a book if the whole story is not available...disappointed.


    What character would you cut from Thalia Book Club: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Celebration?

    did not listen to it since it was not the whole book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 07-19-12
    Noreen WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Book Panel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It is such an interesting cast of people discussing and celebrating 50th anniv of To Kill A Mockingbird.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thalia Book Club: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Celebration?

    How it influenced the panel the first time they read it and a more recent re-read.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Steven Colbert was really very intelligent and emotional. He was not silly at all. It was a pleasant surprise.The other's are not so famous to me, but they ALL were wonderful.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not a good film.


    Any additional comments?

    The live audience Q&A was poor audio quality and was a waste of time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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