The Young Man from Atlanta

  • by Horton Foote
  • Narrated by Shirley Knight, David Selby
  • 1 hrs and 26 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

In 1950s Houston, an affluent couple is transformed by tragedy when their son dies under mysterious circumstances and the husband loses his job of 40 years. Shirley Knight recreates her Tony-nominated performance in this 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama.

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Audible Editor Reviews

This recording of Horton Foote's Pulitzer Prize-winning work is an audiobook that will remind senior listeners of pre-television days when radio drama kept them glued to the Motorola. The principals in this drama about shattered lives are a long married husband and wife - first devastated by the death of their son (was it suicide? was he gay?), then by the loss of the husband's job. David Selby and Shirley Knight recreate their acclaimed stage roles with outstanding audio performances. Equally good are the minor characters who round out this compelling listening experience.

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What the Critics Say



Pulitzer Prize Winner, Drama, 1995

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Customer Reviews

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Short, Sweet and Predictable

While I enjoyed the audio format of this book (it reads as a play) I found the content fairly predictable. Note (as I failed to) that this is a very short book... I meant to get something to listen to on a cross country flight but this book didn't make it half way. My fault.
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- Lindsay

Beautifully says the things that can not be said

Would you listen to The Young Man from Atlanta again? Why?

No. I feel like I got the jest of the story the first time.


What did you like best about this story?

The way the actors beautifully portrayed the tension of dancing around taboo topics.


What about Shirley Knight and David Selby ’s performance did you like?

You could not help but have a great deal of compassion for these older people making the attempt to navigate a changing world.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last scene when Lily Dale finally accepts what happened to their son.


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- Rena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-25-2001
  • Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works