A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized)

  • by Tennessee Williams
  • Narrated by Rosemary Harris, James Farentino
  • 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Caedmon is proud to release this archival full-cast recording of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment seeking refuge from a troubled past but her ethereal spirit irks Stella's husband, the loutish Stanley Kowalski. Crudely, relentlessly, he unmasks the lies and delusions that sustain Blanche, until her frail hold on reality is shockingly severed. This atmospheric recording of Tennessee Williams's powerful classic stars Rosemary Harris and James Farentino as Blanche and Stanley roles they performed to acclaim in a smash revival at New York's Lincoln Center.

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Great play, questionable acting

While I very much enjoy the works of Tennessee Williams, this reading was altogether too melodramatic for my tastes, in terms of the performance choices. If you can see past the acting and listen more to the words, then it's a worthwhile listen.
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- Amazon Customer

Disappointing

What disappointed you about A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized)?

I absolutely adore Streetcar Named Desire, and I LOVE Tennessee Williams, but I found this dramatization way, way, WAY over the top! I understand that Blanche Dubois is a frail, hysterical woman, but the actress' wailing really just made me cringe. I will be requesting my credit back.
The actor who narrated Stanley Kowalski was very good, however.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rosemary Harris and James Farentino ?

Unsure.


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

Only the fact that it is a Streetcar Named Desire.


Any additional comments?

I found myself cringing during most of the audiobook because of the actress' hysterical, wailing.

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- Natasha Zar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio