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Publisher's Summary

First performed in a hit Off-Off-Broadway production, and soon to be a film starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia.Paralyzed by grief and unable to put his thoughts into words, Nick, a fire captain, seeks out the help of a writer to compose eulogies for the colleagues and friends he lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. As Joan, an editor by trade, draws Nick out about "the guys," powerful profiles emerge, revealing vivid personalities and the substance and meaning that lie beneath the surface of seemingly unremarkable people. As the individual talents and enthusiasms of the people within the firehouse community are realized, we come to understand the uniqueness and value of what each person has to contribute. And Nick and Joan, two people who under normal circumstances never would have met, jump the well-defined tracks of their own lives and so learn about themselves, about life, and about the healing power of human connection through talking about the guys.
The Guys is also available in print from Random House.
©2002 Anne Nelson (P)2002 Random House, Inc.
One passage of the play, "The Science of Pain," was adapted from the book Listening to Prozac, by Peter D. Kramer
Original jacket photograph courtesy of Content Film
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Critic Reviews

Audie Award Winner, Audio Drama, 2003
"A credible and powerful voice to a very specific kind of pain that we crave to understand these days." (The New York Times)
"A stark and simple, potent and poignant play, brimming with edgy humanity." (New York Post)
"The Guys will likely forever be the primary theatrical artifact of the immediate post-September 11th moment." (Variety)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia on 07-06-03

good treatment

I thought this was a good treatment of the topic, that the firemen did not set out to be heroes, but each was unique and memorable to his team. I recommend this audiobook.

There are two characters - the editor and the fire captain. I thought some of the material the editor includes about herself was good and to the point. For example, the anecdote about how she comes to contact her husband who can see the towers out his window. Also her thoughts that other NYers shared that she wanted to do something significant after the tragedy.

But there was a little much about her, I would cut 30% of her parts. And it seemed to end suddenly, like she didn't do enough of the firefighter portraits to satisfy. As I understand, this was written as a play, and written very rapidly. Maybe other later versions will be improved?

Still, very interesting, the dialog was good, worth listening.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 11-11-03


An extraordinary short play based on the author's 9/11 experiences played by two actors in dialog and monologue. This was a brief and captivating listen, very well suited to the audio book medium. This audio book has rightfully won an Audie award. The play did very well in New York and outside, apparently attracting a stream of heavy actors to do their turn at the roles. This audio book version features Swoosie Kurtz and Bill irwin. Good writing and excellent use of the format. I wish I could share it with friends.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Granny June on 07-19-16


A wonderful telling of a tragic story. We all know the details or so we think until the men came alive in the narrative. Well performed and emotional.

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