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A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized)

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-16

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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  • Mbeck
  • 04-09-15

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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  • Natasha Zar
  • 09-02-16

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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  • Brittany
  • 24-11-15

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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  • Nora
  • 12-05-14

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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  • B. Leddy
  • 26-10-11

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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  • Linda
  • 15-11-19

very dramatic

loved the audio. it was almost identical to the actual book. some things extra sentences here and there did not match the book but it was a great story.

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  • Sam Dragonetti
  • 04-09-19

Very nice

Audio quality could be better but it is quite good. If you are following with the book, be aware that some parts may be said differently or might be swapped or changed around.

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  • Jade
  • 07-06-19

Performance

The ONLY thing - dependant on your taste - is the narration can get a little loud at escalated points in the play to express the mood/stage directions.

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  • Dianne S. Murphy
  • 28-03-19

Please don't chew gum in my ear.

Tennessee Williams is a wonderful Author. Stanley smacks his gum in this.
I. Hate. It.
Already having sensory issues, this forced me to immediately take my headphones off, and hold off until I could finish the book without headphones.