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Death of a Salesman

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Summary

Arthur Miller’s most famous play, Death of a Salesman, has become a key text in Western literature. This unusually powerful recording, made for radio in 1953, was directed by Elia Kazan who premiered the play. It features Thomas Mitchell and Arthur Kennedy as father and son.

Willy, a travelling salesman, based in New York, relentlessly chases material success. As the disappointing nature of his reality crowds in upon him, Willy and his family suffer the tragic cost of his delusions of greatness. A domestic tragedy, a cynical indictment of materialism and the American Dream, and a profoundly moving story of one man’s struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of continual adversity - Miller’s play is essential listening.

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Differs from Miller’s original play

Could have been closer as certain things missing e.g. tape recorder in Howard’s office, etc.

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It's great, but it's such a shame it's abridged.

Given how short the play is, I really wish this was unabridged. It's still very good though.

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This audio book is extremely resonant. The voice acting was superb and the flute sounds played throughout were marvellous and gradually more heartbreaking. Although many lines were missed out, it was a very good listen. Sound quality wasnt amazing but nevertheless the story and the sheer emotion in which lines were delivered was extremely captivating and helped evoke immense tragedy. I cried.

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Wonderful play brilliantly performed

This is one of the great modern plays, so needs no commendation from me. This production was first rate.

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  • 07-04-13

good use of background music

the music effectively substitutes the lighting and stagecraft specified by Miller's stage direction therefore clearly conveys to the readers when Willy Loman is imagining things and when he is speaking about the present.

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Great play

I read this book years ago, and I am really pleased to have downloaded this copy. Very well read.

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  • 07-04-13

A book of it's time

This is an interesting perspective of a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Desperately trying to maintain his status both among his work colleagues and within his own family whilst he becomes older and apparently unable to adapt to the changing world he lives in. He appears less able to command the respect he feels he deserves.

I found the narrators voices quite 'grating' at times, although perhaps this reflected the nature of the desperation the characters felt. I was also unable to feel great sympathy or empathy toward the main characters as they were too set in their ways. I think this book was probably very appropriate when it was first published, reflecting a world where the patriarchal society was changing. However, I feel it is now a little dated.

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  • Vincent
  • 16-12-10

waiste of money

The audio does not follow the text word for word. So if you plan on reading along with the audio, forget it. It skips a bunch of lines.

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  • J
  • 03-04-17

Great performance!!!

The performance in this audiobook is the best I've ever heard so far. Well worth the listen.

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  • CR
  • 10-08-20

Sound is off

Early 1950s production, so the acting is of that era, and might seem a bit dated. The recording quality is not great, which I found very distracting. Good play, but as presented I wouldn't say great.