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Twelve Angry Men | [Reginald Rose]

Twelve Angry Men

Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.
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Publisher's Summary

Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

This audio also includes an interview with Reginald Rose's widow, Ellen, in which she talks about how her late husband came to write the original teleplay version of Twelve Angry Men.

©Reginald Rose; (P)2005 L.A. Theatre Works

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2007
  • Audie Award Finalist, Audiobook Adapted from Another Medium, 2007

"This tidy portrait of clashing social attitudes in a jury room definitely creaks with age. But somehow the creaks begin to sound like soothing music, a siren song from a period of American drama when personalities were drawn in clean lines, the moral was unmistakable, and the elements of a plot clicked together like a jigsaw puzzle without a single missing piece." (The New York Times)

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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 03-08-13
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 03-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent court room drama"

    Twelve men, jurors in a court case, gather to discuss the guilt or innocence of a young man accused of murder. What happens in the jury room is an incisive look at the jury system and American justice system. This audiobook is brilliantly cast and makes the transition from a stage play very well. It's engaging and entertaining, dramatic and moving. Well worth listening to, and will not disappoint on repeated listenings.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 04-06-12
    Amazon Customer INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG....I loved this dramatization!"

    I had seen the movie years ago in black and white. So when I saw that this was a dramatization of the book I wanted to get it. It did not disappoint. I was glued to my seat. I didn't want to stop listening to it. I just really enjoyed this book. You get so into it and it makes you think about how we judge one another based really on nothing really at all but; impressions, stereotypes, life experience with someone similar but rarely on fact. This was excellent it, listen to it and then share it.!!!

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    John P Humble Bloomington, IN 04-12-14
    John P Humble Bloomington, IN 04-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "DRAMATIZED AND EXCELLENT !!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a short dramatized program, I purchased this offering earlier this morning, and have listened to most of this with my wife; who does not often listen to this type of program, and we BOTH loved it. I have recommended this to friends via email, and will be purchasing as a gift for family later this date.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dramatized very well. Excellent exchanges between members on jury. Very well acted.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This Dramatized presentation is excellent, Makes it easy to close your eyes and become a member of the jury, present in the same room. Very interesting how I can become a part of the experience with this format.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This presentation clearly highlights, How One person can make a significant difference. How most of us are so involved in our own experiences that we take very little time to truly consider the status of others. Moral: We need each other, and thank God for those who stand against the majority and raise a hand to promote discussion and interaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to AUDIBLE !!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David Condobolin, NSW, Australia 04-12-10
    David Condobolin, NSW, Australia 04-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Brings the text to life"

    Students at our school are studying the play script of Twelve Angry Men, but this performance really brought it to life. I started listening to it myself to see whether it was OK for the students. I listened all the way to the end without realising the time had passed. Bravo! Encore!

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope Toronto, ON, Canada 04-22-14
    Calliope Toronto, ON, Canada 04-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrific play, great voices"

    I've seen the wonderful movie adaptation of this play (1957), and that helped bring this audio dramatization to life - I'm not sure it's quite as powerful without having a true feeling of the setting and behaviours. Plays are written to be performed, and without exposition (describing the setting, movements, expressions, etc) there is something always missing from only hearing the dialogue, unless you're already aware of those elements (or unless you're reading the set direction, etc.)

    However, if you've seen this play on stage or in one of the film versions, this is a wonderfully performed version that will take shape in your mind quite easily.

    As a disclosure, the actual performance is about 20 minutes shorter than the production time of this audiobook, which includes at the end an interview with the playwright's widow about the play.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-10-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Rob Thomas

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    "Intense, disturbing and dramatic. Very well acted."

    This is definitely probably the most intense audio book (well, it's more like a radio play for those of you who remember what a radio play is) I've listened to.

    I watched the movie many eons ago and it was great and intense as well. But this was on a par -- probably better in the way a book is almost invariably better than its movie. The voice acting in this production was really phenomenal.

    I found this story as disturbing today as I did all those years ago when I first encountered it. (Remind me never to be accused of murder and place my fate in the hands of a jury of my peers!)

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 05-06-14
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2010

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "12, 11, 10 .... Angry Men"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, would enthusiastically recommend. Loved the narrators and recounting of the trial testimony.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The juror who comments, more or less, "THERE IS ALWAYS ONE." Loved the sarcasm.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 05-04-14
    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A Little Dated, But Timely Just the Same"

    The performances were really good in this dramatized version of Twelve Angry Men. The times have changed but the story still holds up nicely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robyn Modbury, Australia 09-21-14
    Robyn Modbury, Australia 09-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Five-star performance of a five-star play"

    This is a story which everyone should know, and this presentation is as good as any I've seen. The quality of the script is well known, and these actors do justice to every word. It's a gripping few hours and it is no less relevant today than when it was written. The insights into human nature and the justice system can teach us all lessons about our prejudices and priorities and our relationships with others, and the way society works and often fails individuals. Excellent in every way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mizscience FAIRFAX, VA, United States 08-30-14
    mizscience FAIRFAX, VA, United States 08-30-14

    A wannabe riot.

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    "A fantastic book, brought to life!"

    Wow. Wow, wow, wow, What a powerful - and actually still very relevant - book, more than 60 years after it was first published. I had known the overall premise for years, but I loved hearing the fallacies, motivations, personalities, and nuances that these 12 jurymen brought into this deliberation. I listened to it as a audiobook, but I will be buying this and re-reading it often. It's one of those books everyone should read, if only to remember the beauty and flaws innate to the "trial by one's peers" process. Audiobook narrated by Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman, and others.

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