This groundbreaking work of literature was originally written as an extended choreopoem, debuted on Broadway in 1976, and is an upcoming star-studded movie. For the first time, it is brought to live in audio in this powerful and moving performance by one of the film's stars, acclaimed actress Thandie Newton.
Playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange originally composed for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf in as a mesmerizingly original choreopoem. The New York Post called it "rich with the author's special voice: by turns bitter, funny, ironic, and savage; fiercely honest and personal." Now a new audiobook, it chronicles the interconnected lives of a group of women facing shatteringly difficult issues, and evokes the indomitable power of enduring hope and joy.
Thandie Newton, from the movies Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness, and W., captures each emotion with heartbreaking honesty in a fearless, passionate, and inspiring performance of the author's vivid and lyrical language. The New York Times says "Ntozake Shange writes with such exquisite care and beauty that anyone can relate to her message."
©1975, 1976, 1977 Ntozake Shange (P)2010 Audible, Inc
"These poems and prose selections are...rich with the author's special voice: by turns bitter, funny, ironic, and savage; fiercely honest and personal." (New York Post)
"Extraordinary and wonderful" (Clive Barnes, The New York Times)
"Overwhelming...It's joyous and alive, affirmative in the face of despair." (Douglas Watt, New York Daily News)
"Thandie Newton’s narration works well with the introduction. Her voice echoes the weight and emphasis of Shange’s words…Newton creates distinct voices for each part." (AudioFile)
I found it very hard to understand parts of the book. I think that this type of work is probably better either as a play or just in book form. Each character is introduced every-time they speak so effectively for large sections of the book you are mostly hearing, lady in blue, lady in green, and so on with little in-between. I did find the overall work to be very haunting and touching so I don't think that it is a problem with the general material, but rather the form. Possibly like one other reviewer suggested if a cast read the book instead of just one performer this would be effective if they just didn't say who they were each time they spoke. However, I think that this would make it impossible to remember who was who unless they were very distinctive.
I bet the play is great, but this doesn't work as a single voiced audio book. Why wasn't it recorded with a full cast? The material is fine, so is the reader, but it's incredibly difficult to follow the sections where each character says one word of the sentence when there is only one reader who has to read something like
Miss Red: I
Miss Blue: bet
Miss Green: the
Miss Yellow: play
...you get the picture. Hearing the sentence spoken by multiple voices would be rich and easy to follow. Hearing one person read it as a script, character name followed by word, is cumbersome at best. I only got through it because it's so short.
This is just the wrong presentation of this particular work.
I've enjoyed listening to this book. Not only is it interesting, Thandie Newton is an amazing reader and the story is amazing. Highly recommended.
LaTasha N. M.
I have listened to 16 titles, and this book ranks #1! I listen to it over and over again, I love it. The Author paints vivid pictures with the stories she tells, and the Narrator makes these women and their stories come to life!
How the Author conveyed each woman by color, highlighting different aspects of society, from a woman's, specifically one who is of color, point of view. I like that the Author wrote the book in a way that was entertaining, enlightening, and encouraging.
The monologue, "My Stuff".
My Love is too Sincere to be thrown back in my face.
The first time I read the book, I was maybe 19 or 20. I am twenty-seven now and still love the book, maybe more so now. I can appreciate the book more now, and instead of being a sad book, it has become an inspirational book. All women, especially those of color should read this book. Men should, too. It could shed some light and give a perspective they might not otherwise see.
I am not into poems and only bought this as Tyler Perry used this as a basis for his movie. Thandie did a great job bringing this work to life. Easy to follow! Entertaining.
This book was read beautifully, however it doesn't have a very good plot. It is an extremely DEPRESSING work. Go see the play or the movie. They have to be better than this book.
Tell us about yourself!
The poem was better than the movie. How did it become a movie? Everything written by black author is good. I support our black authors, but this particular piece is not worth the paper it was printed on.
The book was well written, and Thandie Newton did an excellent job as the narrator. The way she changes her voice to suit each persona was brilliant.
the title makes it sound like it would be interesting. its not.
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