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This was an abridged full-cast performance, in epistolary form, of the play, which is based on the 1782 novel about French aristocrats engaging in recreational adultery and competitive seduction. It's marvelously acted with all the venom and petty viciousness befitting scheming, amoral aristocrats whose only ambition is sex and the ruination of lives.
The Marquise de Merteuil (played in the 1988 movie by Glenn Close) is a rich widow who has clawed her way to the top the only way a woman can in her society. Sexually rapacious and (deep down) embittered by the double standards that allow men to boast of their conquests while women have to carefully guard their reputations, she enjoys manipulating people and ruining lives, and enlists a friend of hers, the equally amoral playboy Vicomte de Valmont, to deflower the virginal fiancee (played in the movie by a young Uma Thurman) of a lover who just broke up with her. He has his own conquests in mind, however, and the two of them spar with at first friendly affection as they execute their separate schemes, but the two of them wind up ruining lives, breaking hearts, and eventually, causing more than one death as their rivalry escalates.
One might be forgiven for concluding that the moral of the story is that the entire French aristocracy were worthless parasites who deserved the tumbrils soon to come.
It's a great story, which I downloaded as an Audible freebie. As much as I enjoyed the 1988 movie, the cast here is perfect.
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What made the experience of listening to Les Liaisons Dangereuses the most enjoyable?
Every performer was stellar. There's a wonderful sense of this being an actual ensemble, which is hardly surprising since this is the cast of the current London revival.
What did you like best about this story?
The deliciously twisted relationship between the two main characters.
Which scene was your favorite?
It's hard to chose just one. But the last 1/4 of the book is all captivating.
If you could take any character from Les Liaisons Dangereuses out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Valmont. Although I'd bring a chaperone since he can't be trusted.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
It's told in letters as the book, the performances are second to none and I really enjoyed it. I would have loved to have seen the Donmar production, Janet Mcteer and Dominic West are fabulous actors but sadly distance and cost prevented this. This is a good insight to how electric the play would be. It's really an excellent story and a nice quickie listen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Wished it was rather much longer, an I found it very entertaining and easy to listen to.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful