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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.

    16 of 16 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.!!!

    27 of 28 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 !!

    7 of 7 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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    Juelles 07-22-14
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    "A Must-Listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Normally listening to a story with multiple narrators is .. odd, but this was amazing. Such a great, memorable (and quick) story! Awesome narration.


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    Mr. D Idaho, United States 06-26-14
    Mr. D Idaho, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Well done."
    Any additional comments?

    Many years ago, I watched the 1997 film version of this story and liked it very much. This short audio version allowed me to enjoy it again. All the narrators preformed well.

    Something to be gained.
    We all have the ability to be so certain about what we know. It is important to see that the other side of the story, if we allow it, may in fact be the truer. I guess that is a lesson to be found with this short story.

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    michael remillard anchorage, alaska United States 06-20-14
    michael remillard anchorage, alaska United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this audio play"
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    Twelve angry men is one of my favorite movies of all time so when I saw the audio play on here I just had to have it. And it was fantastic.

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    Saud United States 06-10-14
    Saud United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2007

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Excellent Dramatic Work"

    A bunch of angry men in the jury with realistic voices and actors argue over the fate of a kid facing a murder charge. The arguments and details, all the little things, bring this little episode to life. I would love to listen to more things like this.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 05-19-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Great quick story!"

    I really enjoyed this book. I especially loved the narration format, with multiple artists lending their voices. I loved the pacing and the story was very enjoyable. Great book!

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