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  • Fabulation or The Re-education of Undine

  • By: Lynn Nottage
  • Narrated by: Charlayne Woodard, Full Cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Knocked-up and seriously broke, a successful publicist is plunged into a topsy-turvy world of welfare mothers and drug addicts, and forced to confront the family she left behind. Fabulation is a darkly comic rags-to-riches-to-rags tale of falling down and reaching up to find the goodness within.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your credits

  • By N. Hall on 04-17-07

Laugh out loud funny!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Oh I so enjoyed this play! Such hilarious, beautiful, insightful writing. No wonder Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize winner.

  • The Actor Retires

  • By: Bruce Norris
  • Narrated by: D. W. Moffett, Bruce Norris, Lucy Childs, and others
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

This is a hilarious comedy in which an actor decides to end his career, throw out his résumés and become a furniture maker. Featuring a full-cast performance with D. W. Moffett, Bruce Norris, Lucy Childs, Christopher Donahue, Kevin Hurley, Amy Morton, Susan Nussbaum, and William Peterson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Breezy fun for theater-lovers.

  • By Gwynne O'Reagan on 07-29-10

ANYONE IN THE ARTS WILL LOVE THIS PLAY

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Absolute perfection!!! I adore this play! Anyone who is in the arts will be able fo relate—just, spot on perfect satire captures the heartache, the vulnerability with such biting, aching truth! I cannot give this play enough stars!!!

  • Agatha Christie: Twelve Radio Mysteries

  • Twelve BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander, full cast, Julia McKenzie, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 138

Twelve BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of short stories by the Queen of Crime. First broadcast in the early 2000s, the stories were adapted and brought up-to-date for a contemporary audience. The stories are 'Philomel Cottage'; 'Swan Song'; 'Magnolia Blossom'; 'Witness for the Prosecution'; 'The Gates of Baghdad'; 'The Hounds of Death'; 'In a Glass Darkly'; 'The Dressmaker's Doll'; 'The Case of the Perfect Carer'; 'The £199 Adventure'; 'The Gypsy'; and 'The Last Seance'. Duration: 6 hours approx.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Little Provided

  • By Jessie on 05-29-16

Agatha Christie is rolling over in her grave

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-18

All the charm is gone in this misguided, modernized Christie plays. I can’t imagine that the Christie Estate would approve these horrendous updates of these short stories. They aren’t even mysteries for the most part, just tales of the supernatural and so much is cost in these stories that it is very hard to follow and every single ending was unsatisfying.

  • All the Ways to Say I Love You

  • By: Neil LaBute
  • Narrated by: Judith Light
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

All the Ways to Say I Love You by Neil LaBute, directed by Leigh Silverman, is a thoughtful, psychological solo play centered around the character Faye Johnson, performed by multi-award-winning actress Judith Light (Transparent, American Crime Story, Who's the Boss?). Reflecting on an event from her past, Johnson confronts the defining question of her life: What is the weight of a lie? 

All the Ways to Say I Love You received its World Premiere production at the MCC Theater in September of 2016. MCC is under the leadership of Artistic Directors Robert Lupone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, and Executive Director Blake West. 

Bonus content includes an Audible-exclusive conversation between director Leigh Silverman and actress Judith Light.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Way too short--less than an hour

  • By A. Hansmann on 03-06-18

Great Title Promises much more than it delivers!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I wasted a credit on a story that was not very original and certainly did not live up to the spectacular possibilities of its title! And do not get me started on the one hour interview of chapter two—which was a gushing, pointless review of Light’s career starting with Who’s The Boss as.an unsung feminist masterpiece! Judith Light is a great actress but this work was so predictable and truly just skated the surface of a subject that would yes make her a pariah! But that was not explored, just a rather predictable shallow presentation of one of the most societally shunned things a person can do! Honestly Is this the best Audible can do with its new theatre series?

  • Six Degrees of Separation

  • By: John Guare
  • Narrated by: Chuma Hunter-Gault, Alan Alda, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

In a Fifth Avenue apartment high above Central Park, a weathy art dealer and his wife are trying to interest a moneyed friend in a $2 million investment when an unexpected young guest arrives - and changes their lives forever. Performed by a full cast starring Alan Alda, Swoosie Kurtz, and Chuma Hunter-Gault.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking & funny theatre, makes you think

  • By Emily on 05-07-14

Compelling Satire

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Even though the Upper Eastside dialogue seemed a bit too writerly to be real, I found this to be a compelling story once the charming imposter entered the picture. Lots of twists and turns and a long, philosophical monologues on art, the imagination and Catcher In the Rye that may or may not be your thing.

  • A View from the Bridge

  • By: Arthur Miller
  • Narrated by: Mary McDonnell, Harry Hamlin, Amy Pietz, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Italian-American immigrant life in the 1950s textures this searing drama of love and revenge. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone is devoted to his wife, Beatrice, and to his niece, Catherine. When Beatrice's impoverished Sicilian cousins enter the U.S. illegally in the hope of finding work, Eddie gives them a helping hand. But when Catherine and one of her cousins fall in love, Eddie's affection for his niece turns into obsession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Black Comedy

  • By Abdulaziz on 05-02-10

Mesmerizing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This may be one of the most spellbinding plays I have ever listened to. Miller totally recreates 1950s Brooklyn in an Italian neighborhood. It is a story of obsession and how it leads to inevitable tragedy. Ed O’Neill is masterful as the possessive, controlling Eddie! I may have to listen to it again. Just an astounding piece of theatre. I now want to read everything Arthur Miller has ever written.

  • The Worst of Bogosian, Volume One

  • By: Eric Bogosian
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Meet Eric Bogosian's unforgettable characters - the stud, the drug dealer, the money-hungry guru, and the molecule-spewing derelict on the train. Bogosian performed these solos as well as some of his other favorite riffs from his OBIE-award winning shows, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee live at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC on July 28, 2003. The Worst of Bogosian, Volume One is available only from Audible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is a genius.

  • By Frank on 05-05-10

Brilliant but nauseatingly crude

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

No doubt Bogosian is brilliantly astute in his performance and in his observations but the language was so viscerally crude in its vivid, graphic descriptions of bodily functions that it was truly nauseating. If there was just a little of that, I would have been ok, but the lasting impression was wow that is just way too gross.

  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 930

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Come for Harry, stay for Lillian

  • By Celeste Albers on 12-17-18

mesmerizing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

This is solo theatre at its best! Absolutely kept me hooked from start to finish! Brilliant! And the discussion at the end is a must for any student of playwriting and/or theatre.

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  • The Prisoner of Second Avenue

  • By: Neil Simon
  • Narrated by: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, and Neil Simon strike comic gold in this classic tale of a married couple trying to survive life in their New York apartment building. Fresh from their wildly successful West End revival, Dreyfuss and Mason "effortlessly convey the abrasions - and affection - of a longtime marriage," says Variety.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Simon’s Best

  • By EAlex on 08-29-18

Not Simon’s Best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Despite great performances, this play really isn’t as funny as I was expecting. Although the audience seemed absolutely falling on the floor in this performance of LATW, I found the punch lines overworked. Still a great look at a mid-century NYC marriage.

  • Lord Edgware Dies (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Moffatt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

‘Monsieur Poirot, somehow or other I’ve just got to get rid of my husband!’ No sooner had she uttered the words than Lady Edgware’s husband was dead, brutally stabbed in the neck. The evidence against her is overwhelming, the case cut and dried. But what was the truth behind it all? What enemies lurked in the background of the victim’s life? Hercule Poirot is on the case, intrigued once more, ready to investigate murder in the library...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Lively Christie I Have Read

  • By EAlex on 01-26-18

The Most Lively Christie I Have Read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-18

This story gets off to a rousing start and is more animated and better paced than other stories I have read thus far.