Listen free for 30 days

Ep. 1: Two Households

Length: 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

[Contains explicit content] Ray (a middle-aged, directionless and insular amateur actor), has just taken his bow at the conclusion of a moderately successful local production of 'Knickers, Vicar?' He slips outside to reflect on his life whilst the cast celebrate in the dressing room. His sister Nancy (motherly, concerned and downtrodden due to her sorry excuse for a husband), attempts to lift his spirits.

Full cast: Owen Teale, Matthew Tennyson, Frances Jeater, Ricky Norwood, Nick Moran, Sarah Whitehouse, Zalie Burrow, Mark Straker, Richenda Carey, Stephan Chase, Josephine Arden, Simon Kane

©2015 Audible, Ltd. (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Wonderful performances pepper this intriguing contemporary twist on Romeo and Juliet.... The full-cast delivers Shakespeare's words and emotions as convincingly as they deliver their off-stage personae.... In the smaller, more intimate, scenes, both plot and characters come alive." (AudioFile)

What listeners say about Ep. 1: Two Households

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A promising beginning

On first glance, I thought this audiobook would be a word for word retelling of Romeo & Juliet, but with the added twist of it being an m/m romance. However, it ended up being so much better - and more surprising - than I thought it'd be, and this instalment was a promising beginning that has me very excited to listen to the rest of this story. Here we meet Ray, a divorced, middle-aged man who finds himself lost and living on his sisters' futon, and Jude, who is home from University and is keeping out of his father's way. We don't know much about any of the characters who're so far introduced, though they definitely leave an impression in this 26 minute long episode alone. It's a full cast narration, with background noises to fit and set the scenes - of laughter and cheers in the background as we listen to the opening scene of the last act of the play Ray is performing; of cars going by whilst Ray and his sister talk; of chatter, and songs, and fireworks during the garden party where Ray and Jude meet, along with the clinking of drink glass, doors closing, and piano music too. I've not listened to an audiobook with a full cast narration before, but I'm glad that Romeo & Jude is my first. The acting was phenomenal, and the actors each make their characters stand out in their own way. More so, each actor makes their characters memorable, and with the background noises throughout? It was really enjoyable to listen to, and it ends at just the right time to make me want to listen to more.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant

Was a bit wary of the concept due to hearing about recent reimaginings of Shakespeare but the characters are very well developed, interesting dynamics and am hooked!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

a real, modern tale of love and death

fab! loved every minute of it! didn't want it to end! more, please! part two?