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.
(P)1998 L.A. Theatre Works
I love books and audio books. Mainly mainstream fiction - something that will really grab my attention and keep me riveted.
I only bought this as my daughter is doing the play for her GCSE. I decided to listen to it myself (she refused to!) and I was not expecting to like it, but I got totally drawn into the very well dramatized story, and loved it. Ed O'Neill's voice is infinitely memorable as Al in Married with Children, and he is absolutely brilliant as Eddie, the uncle who is infatuated with his niece.The story is about Italian immigrants in Brooklyn, the sense of community, the ties to Italy, the wrench of a child growing up and leaving home, the financial hardships of that period and the desperation of illegal immigrants who wanted to settle in America . At no point is it boring, there are lots of intertwined story lines. The play is full of funny moments in the first third, drama in the middle part, and .............. in the last third. (I don't want to spoil it for anyone).
I am from Kuwait, and I have seen this play during my visit to Boston in 1993, it's been shown in one of the universities stage. I loved it. I bought the book after few years later. When I saw the book here in Audible.com, it was the first book I purchased. The play is great, the act is Marvelous and the sound quality is incredible. I recommend very much to be heard and I am very sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.
"Very helpful to me as a student"
I had to read this play for school. I usually don't like reading plays because I get the characters mixed up (I'd rather just see the play performed on stage). The actors are really good, and hearing the different voices and accents helped me remember who was who.
This is a recording of an actual performance in front of an audience, so you hear the audience laugh and clap from time to time (I actually caught a couple of jokes I probably would have missed if I were just reading quietly to myself). They stick to the script and it's easy to follow along.
If you're not reading it for school, it's still a really good play. Check it out!
This play was excellent! Very entertaining. I am a huge LA Theatre Works fan and this play most definitely did not disappoint. It ended kind of abruptly but still, very enjoyable!!
Nicely acted, intoned, and quite realistic. Almost as good as being at the theatre. We'll go to view the national theatre production, too.
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