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Publisher's Summary

Caedmon is proud to release this archival full-cast recording of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.

Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment seeking refuge from a troubled past but her ethereal spirit irks Stella's husband, the loutish Stanley Kowalski. Crudely, relentlessly, he unmasks the lies and delusions that sustain Blanche, until her frail hold on reality is shockingly severed.

This atmospheric recording of Tennessee Williams's powerful classic stars Rosemary Harris and James Farentino as Blanche and Stanley roles they performed to acclaim in a smash revival at New York's Lincoln Center.

©1975 The University of the South (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great play, questionable acting

While I very much enjoy the works of Tennessee Williams, this reading was altogether too melodramatic for my tastes, in terms of the performance choices. If you can see past the acting and listen more to the words, then it's a worthwhile listen.

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Disappointing

What disappointed you about A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized)?

I absolutely adore Streetcar Named Desire, and I LOVE Tennessee Williams, but I found this dramatization way, way, WAY over the top! I understand that Blanche Dubois is a frail, hysterical woman, but the actress' wailing really just made me cringe. I will be requesting my credit back.
The actor who narrated Stanley Kowalski was very good, however.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rosemary Harris and James Farentino ?

Unsure.

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

Only the fact that it is a Streetcar Named Desire.

Any additional comments?

I found myself cringing during most of the audiobook because of the actress' hysterical, wailing.

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Amazing Performance!!

The actors are ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! And the special effects, ambiance, & background noises had me hooked from start to finish!! I only wish there was a visual transcript because I was trying to follow along in my play script and there were lots of adlibs and improvisation so it was hard to follow along.

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Lots of background noise

The background noise is very distracting and overpowers a lot of the speaking which makes it difficult to focus on the storyline vs what's happening in the background

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Excellent

Great performance of an excellent play. A lot of heavy themes including empowerment (or lack thereof) of women, the need for illusions under duress, the consequences of insensitivity and lack of patience on a vulnerable person, and on and on...Highly recommended.

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Terrible Quality

What would have made A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized) better?

Better quality. You can hardly hear the characters speaking, the background noises drown everything out.

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An emotional journey!

Very well played!! I enjoyed the emotional intricacies of each character which were brought to life by the narrators.
My ninth grader is reading this in English literature. The subject matter seems more appropriate for upper high schoolers.

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Definitely a Buy!

The acting was great! The quality was decent, but that is to be expected when it comes to old classics such as Streetcar. It helps pass the time and I would recommend this to anyone.

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Very much enjoyed this performance

My first listen to this play and I was worried about the quality based on reviews that complained about the recording or performance by some of the actors. In my opinion all criticisms without foundation. This is a very good performance with great audio quality. During the scenes that depict a raucous crowd one cannot understand every word but I think that is part of the point.

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Great!!

Loved it from start to finish! Tennessee Williams at his best. Grey performance from start to finish.

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