A Lesson Before Dying

  • by Romulus Linney
  • Narrated by Rick Foucheux, Keith Glover, Jamahl Marsh, full cast
  • 1 hrs and 23 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Based on Ernest J. Gaines' National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his hometown after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson's. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one's fate.


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Customer Reviews

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Great Play

One of the best LA Theatre Works has done. It made me cry. I definitely recommend this one!
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- Kassie

Don't do it

Would you try another book from Romulus Linney and/or the narrators?

Romulus Linney is very good. But this "book" is really just an audio recording of a badly done play version of the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Doesn't matter. It was so poorly rendered.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Absolutely not. It was terrible.

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


Any additional comments?

Get the original book by Ernest Gaines, or find a good production of the play and go see it. This production has no redeeming value. Bad acting, completely inauthentic accents. Don't even.

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- S. Taylor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2007
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works