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Based on Ernest J. Gaines' National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man.

The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his hometown after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson's. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one's fate.

©2001 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2001 L.A. Theatre Works

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kassie
  • Kansas City, MO, USA
  • 03-01-07

Great Play

One of the best LA Theatre Works has done. It made me cry. I definitely recommend this one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Don't do it

Would you try another book from Romulus Linney and/or the narrators?

Romulus Linney is very good. But this "book" is really just an audio recording of a badly done play version of the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Doesn't matter. It was so poorly rendered.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Absolutely not. It was terrible.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

Any additional comments?

Get the original book by Ernest Gaines, or find a good production of the play and go see it. This production has no redeeming value. Bad acting, completely inauthentic accents. Don't even.

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Good story destroyed by a ham fisted performance

The story is a great one. The lead teacher character has a false 'voice of authority' affectation. It's horrible. The other actors are good.

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Disappointed

What would have made A Lesson Before Dying better?

Record a pure, exact reading by the author or an expert reader, rather than a disappointingly boring dramatization (if you can call it that). I have just listened to Toni Morrison reading The Bluest Eye.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I LOVE the book; it's the reading I have a problem with.

Any additional comments?

Keep supplying readings.

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  • John
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 11-17-08

Well done

I loved this, because i personally love it when i can imagine different characters. This was very visual. I would listen to another book like this in a heartbeat

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Two chapters

There was only two chapters of the book. I don't know if it was because of the free trial or what.

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