(P)1994 L.A. Theatre Works
As an English teacher I enjoy listening to well performed plays...and so do my students. The actors perform admirably.
Stacy Keach is magnificent as John Proctor. "My Name man, my name."
I wish there was a notation that this is an abridged version of the play.
We use these audible books to supplement the literature our high school daughter must get through, so we are actively listening, rather than listening soley for entertainment. The accents took some getting used to and the speed at which the lines were spoken made it difficult at times to follow, but we found the recording helpful.
This is a wonderfully done recording with good actors. However, This recording is not complete and does not follow the script to the T, but that draw back is overshadowed by the actors. They bring the play to life the way it is meant to be. This recording even though incomplete is superbe.
this is a very good dramatization! (you feel as though you are watching the play instead of listening to it) but it is very very fast and hard to follow along with the book at times because they skip portions.
also the story is very upseting to listen to, i felt on edge after i listened to this, but it's well written and gets the point accross.
The story is great, and the actors are great, BUT during the dramatization there are times when the actors are whispering or talking softly. Those times are really hard to understand what is being said. I ended up buying the book because I was frustrated with missing lines.
I was assigned this book as a school read and ended up enjoying it a great lot. the characters are very diverse and unique and the story was riveting all throughout. The audio book was a great help to get into the mood and feel of the book and helped to keep the book moving onward. The actors voices are very soothing and emotional.
The play is wonderful, and the performances are wonderful, it's AUDIBLE that is extremely disappointing. You absolutely cannot navigate through your own purchases freely. You are only allowed to skip forward according to where they have placed divisions. If you attempt to "FF" you progress at snail speed at best! Very inconvenient for the classroom. I am extremely annoyed. If I purchase a book, I should be able to move through it fluidly.
When I am dealing with a piece written for stage I always prefere to see it on stage or to listen the dramatised version. And THIS particular version is really worth to listen.
Miller's CRUCIBLE though it's from middle of XX century I consider always actual. The most important choises the people must make are always the same - what can I sacrifice to be a decent, honest man, what price the one must pay for his own mistake, how strong the man must be to stand against all the odds to save his own convictions? Miller went through it himself during senator McCarthy's times, when they try to force him to blame himself and his friends to cooperate with communists. Miller used this Salem parabole in his piece and show us that the circumstances can be different but human beings are always the same and our own choises make us as we are. The performance of great actors is moving and it get suck us into the world of Salem and its dwellers. IT'S WORTH TO BUY AND TO LISTEN MORE THAN ONE TIME!!!
I am not an exception, I suppose - John Proctor is my favorite. I suffer with him when his wife permanently turn him down - however I can understand her motivation. I struggle with him when he try to defence his wife and then himsef, I respect his decisions especially the last one. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SUCH HONOURABLE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE, AMONGST OUR POLITICIANS ABOVE ALL.
For me such narration make me as I am inside the story much more than when I read the book. The voices of the actors make the special atmosphere I love.
My first experience was the theatre - it made me cry at the end. After were the book and the film. It's always the same - the tears.
Stacy KEACH's voice is unforgettable!!!!
I like postmodernism and parody and poetic language.
Though it isn't always easy to understand each word in heated moments of the play, this is a tough, necessary piece to watch or listen to. The terrible, illogical abuse of power in this Salem witch trial is still apropos today as we watch politicians sacrifice people like gays, minorities, and women to make themselves more powerful, more popular with the so called "base." Unfortunately, this play will probably always be apropos given the cowardice of so many people in the face of power. This is also well acted by some of my favorites like Dreyfus.
"Food for thought"
A star-studded cast for a play that's become a classic in its own right. As an analysis of human nature and fanatism it remains thoroughly current.
The actors gabbled so fast that I had trouble discerning one whispering voice from another, and don't listen to this as you fall asleep because you end up straining to find out what is being said in between screams and barking dogs! A real shame.
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