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
"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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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.
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.!!!
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
Having previously seen the movie, read the script, and directed a high school production of this play (using its alternative title Twelve Angry Citizens), I thought I knew Reginald Rose's masterpiece too well to discover anything new. So it came as a huge surprise to discover that this LA TheatreWorks production felt as fresh as if the script had been written yesterday, rather than in 1954 shortly after Rose himself sat on a jury in a manslaughter trial. Jurors 3, 7 and 10 stand out as obvious Trump supporters; their rhetoric in favor of a quick guilty verdict sounds very like recent "Man on the street" commentary we've all heard in media interviews conducted with attendees at Make America Great Again rallies. Juror #10, in particular, gives an impassioned speech toward the end of the play that is a near-duplicate of Trump's "They're murderers and they're rapists" speech (See "They're violent and they're vicious," Act Two). My husband and I were both riveted listening to this audiobook, and now want to play it over again so the kids can hear it. It also inspired us to order a DVD of the powerful 1957 film.
There was only one drawback to listening, apart from the fact that the visual impact of switchblade knives being brandished and stabbed into tabletops was lost. While this production is excellent, it wasn't always easy to get a sense of the jurors as individuals or to always know which one was talking at any given time. For example, I could tell which voice was Hector Elizondo, but was unable to determine whether protagonist Juror #8 was the one being portrayed by vocal chameleon Dan Castellaneta. I'm looking forward to listening again so I can figure it out!
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.
Dramatized very well. Excellent exchanges between members on jury. Very well acted.
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.
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.
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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!
Normally listening to a story with multiple narrators is .. odd, but this was amazing. Such a great, memorable (and quick) story! Awesome narration.
Why ever would I do that?
Yes, would enthusiastically recommend. Loved the narrators and recounting of the trial testimony.
The juror who comments, more or less, "THERE IS ALWAYS ONE." Loved the sarcasm.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
A great study on assumtions. As one writer put it, when you assume something you make an "ass" of "u" and "me." That is what this book is all about, assuming something to be true because you want it to be true. Thank goodness there are those who are willing to put forth the effort to look deeper into things to find the real truth. Sadly, it doesn't work that way for everyone who is falsely accused, but when it does, it has to be deeply rewarding for the innocent.
Presented in a dramatized fashion, this is a great listen.
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!)
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.
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