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In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.
(P)1994 L.A. Theatre Works

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Food for thought

What made the experience of listening to The Crucible the most enjoyable?

A star-studded cast for a play that's become a classic in its own right. As an analysis of human nature and fanatism it remains thoroughly current.

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Very good

Very good dramatisation, highly enjoyable and very close to the original script.
The sound effects are sometimes in excess and more often than not it sounds like the characters are whispering.
Nevertheless a very helpful edition.

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Too fast

The actors gabbled so fast that I had trouble discerning one whispering voice from another, and don't listen to this as you fall asleep because you end up straining to find out what is being said in between screams and barking dogs! A real shame.

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bad sound quality

I found it sometimes hard to understand what was being said because of the bad sound quality and the whispering speech. Some of the sound effects such as a persistent dog barking are very annoying.

Not the best way to listen to a literary classic.

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Excellent

Easy to follow , good speaking voices- easy on the ear. I was concerned they would have that irritating American drawl, they didn’t.
Production is very true to the book/play. Thank you

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why are these women putting on such breathy voices

A lot of shouting and breathy acting that is way overdone. But the story is a classic.

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Excellent!

Loved the book...another great story by Arthur Miller. Would definitely reccomend..
Onward to the next book:-)

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  • Michael G. Stoffel
  • 07-05-12

Abridged Version

What made the experience of listening to The Crucible (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

As an English teacher I enjoy listening to well performed plays...and so do my students. The actors perform admirably.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crucible (Dramatized)?

Stacy Keach is magnificent as John Proctor. "My Name man, my name."

Any additional comments?

I wish there was a notation that this is an abridged version of the play.

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  • Jamie Rymer
  • 17-08-15

It is abridged.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I bought the book to read along with the book and it does not follow the book. Extra lines are added and some are out of order. It is a good performance, but I wanted it to be the book.

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  • WitchoftheWoods
  • 08-01-17

Not the Complete Play

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This performance is abridged. The description says it's narrated by Stacy Keach, but I'm 20 minutes into the performance and all the narrative passages are missing, as well as some of the dialogue.

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

I got this recording so I could listen to actors perform while I read, since I find it difficult to experience a play by reading it. The only redeeming quality is that the performance is quite good and, of course, the story is excellent.

Any additional comments?

I guess I should have read some reviews before making this purchase. Disappointed I wasted a credit on it.

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  • Danielle Masur
  • 21-09-15

Why is this labeled "unabridged"?

What disappointed you about The Crucible?

Depending on which audible/amazon screen you are on, this is labeled as "unabridged." However it is NOT! There are bits and pieces missing out of many lines from certain scenes. I was having my students read along to it on some days, but even with warning that it wasn't exact, it was so confusing to them that many would just stare into space while listening--which means that they miss scene directions, etc. Also, since I used my credits to "purchase" it, I apparently don't get a refund or option to "return"! Very disappointed that while it is a GREAT performance, they felt the need to slice up the lines and YET still call it unabridged!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crucible?

Great play overall.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Great performance.

Any additional comments?

Amazon/audible needs to be more explicit and straight-forward when including information about abridged/unabridged versions!

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  • Thomas S
  • 08-10-06

Dramatic Recording

This is a wonderfully done recording with good actors. However, This recording is not complete and does not follow the script to the T, but that draw back is overshadowed by the actors. They bring the play to life the way it is meant to be. This recording even though incomplete is superbe.

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  • kpolk
  • 31-10-19

This is really bad.

This is not true to the play and leaves a bunch of information out. The sound quality is bad and distracting. Very disappointing.

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  • Joseph
  • 03-02-15

A Book of Hatred

I was assigned this book as a school read and ended up enjoying it a great lot. the characters are very diverse and unique and the story was riveting all throughout. The audio book was a great help to get into the mood and feel of the book and helped to keep the book moving onward. The actors voices are very soothing and emotional.

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  • Baige
  • 26-11-19

Do not use this as a teaching tool

I need audiobook versions of texts to align with IEPs and for universal access to education. This does not align whatsoever to the Penguin classic version of the text, or any other version I could find.

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  • Elli
  • 22-11-19

Good performance but not completely accurate

This recording was not accurate. May parts were altered or left out. It made it difficult for my students to follow along in the text.

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  • nardosdad
  • 29-10-19

Not worth it

The audio does not follow the script of the play and is pointless as a student resource

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