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for colored girls who have considered suicide - when the rainbow is enuf

Narrated by: Thandie Newton
Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Summary

From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the 20th century.

First published in 1975 when it was praised by The New Yorker for "encompassing...every feeling and experience a woman has ever had," for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.

©1975, 1976, 1977 Ntozake Shange (P)2010 Audible, Inc

Critic reviews

"These poems and prose selections are...rich with the author's special voice: by turns bitter, funny, ironic, and savage; fiercely honest and personal." ( New York Post)
"Thandie Newton’s narration works well with the introduction. Her voice echoes the weight and emphasis of Shange’s words…Newton creates distinct voices for each part." ( AudioFile)

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  • Lisa
  • London, W6 7JP
  • 06-11-12

Loved It

The book was well written, and Thandie Newton did an excellent job as the narrator. The way she changes her voice to suit each persona was brilliant.

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a well performed piece

when I read that the book was only read by one person I worried the fact it is multiple women would get lost yet it shows the talent of ms newton to give each reader her own voice til I could almost picture each woman as they spoke

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hated it

the title makes it sound like it would be interesting. its not.

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  • Robert
  • 16-01-11

Doesn't Work Well as Audio Book

I found it very hard to understand parts of the book. I think that this type of work is probably better either as a play or just in book form. Each character is introduced every-time they speak so effectively for large sections of the book you are mostly hearing, lady in blue, lady in green, and so on with little in-between. I did find the overall work to be very haunting and touching so I don't think that it is a problem with the general material, but rather the form. Possibly like one other reviewer suggested if a cast read the book instead of just one performer this would be effective if they just didn't say who they were each time they spoke. However, I think that this would make it impossible to remember who was who unless they were very distinctive.

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  • knitica
  • 06-01-11

Audible--please try again

I bet the play is great, but this doesn't work as a single voiced audio book. Why wasn't it recorded with a full cast? The material is fine, so is the reader, but it's incredibly difficult to follow the sections where each character says one word of the sentence when there is only one reader who has to read something like
Miss Red: I
Miss Blue: bet
Miss Green: the
Miss Yellow: play

...you get the picture. Hearing the sentence spoken by multiple voices would be rich and easy to follow. Hearing one person read it as a script, character name followed by word, is cumbersome at best. I only got through it because it's so short.

This is just the wrong presentation of this particular work.

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  • Shondalicious
  • 11-09-17

A Must

I'm new to audible and don't particularly care for "dry" reading. I'm familiar with the book and was excited with the first beat. Thandie's delivery of this powerful piece is spectacular. The content is so rich. I will be listening again.

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  • Melissa Randle
  • 03-04-19

Amazing

Its interesting from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book to others to read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-19

Awesome Experience

I enjoyed the book, I was also cast for the production and played the lady in Orange which Ntozake herself played in the broadway version of the show in 1976. During our shows Ntzokake passed away and brung new meaning to our remaining presentations.

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  • Sonia Allison
  • 12-02-19

Beautiful

Is fantastic. Includes a new intro.
Sad though, that some of my favorite parts are not included here.
The actor doing the narration is super.

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  • Precious
  • 04-01-19

Enjoyed

Good food for thoughts. Reality of some women endurance to every day life. Narrator read well. Really enjoy!!

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  • DeeDra
  • 20-12-18

RAW

Listened to this straight through during a paperwork filled work day and I gotta say how much I love Miss Newton's narration and the way her voice carried these poems. As someone who has read For Colored Girls a few times and have watched both the movie and the play it was refreshing to hear this interpretation. Ntozake Shange has left a beautiful legacy of work behind. Such relatable emotion in every piece.

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  • SunShyne P.
  • 31-10-18

Bone chilling.

I love this screen play... it is overwhelmingly emotional. Each character's story comes thru and touches you in a way you can understand and relate. Very powerful.

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  • Latoya storey
  • 05-08-18

such a powerful read

This book empowered me in so many ways, I loved every min of it. This was much better than the movie