West Side Story: The Novel

  • by Irving Shulman
  • Narrated by Levar Ross
  • 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

West Side Story began on the Broadway stage and was immediately recognized as one of the most creative musical productions of the 20th century. Its success as a motion picture was equally spectacular.
A classical story with a modern setting, it still stands as one of the major contributions of the American theater. West Side Story is a musical adapted from Shakespeare's play and was first performed in 1957. Both are stories of unrequited love that end tragically, but there are many elements that make them very different.
West Side Story, a tragic love story of Tony and Maria, touches all in many ways. Set in New York City, it introduces two groups, The Jets: an American gang and The Sharks: a Puerto Rican gang. Both gangs attend a community dance in which they plan a fight. Things take an interesting twist when Tony, the former leader of the Jets, falls for Maria, Bernardo's sister. Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, doesn't want his sister involved with his rival.
This is an urban equivalent of Romeo and Juliet. The stories are very similar, but West Side Story has an irresistible urban appeal, an appeal that has been capturing audiences and listeners for many decades. If you're in the mood for a timeless love story, listen to West Side Story.

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Engaging!!! MUST HAVE!

What did you love best about West Side Story: The Novel?

It was very raw and authentic. I felt like the author, and narrator didn't hold anything back, and I sunk write in to the book.


What was one of the most memorable moments of West Side Story: The Novel?

One of the most memorable moments is when the two heads of the gangs dies.(Don't want to tell you what happens)


What about Levar Ross’s performance did you like?

I loved the narrators performance!!! His voice and tone was very comfortable on the ears. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and this guy gets into the characters and represents them well. He kept it live with no dull moments!


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

I know the story. nothing moved me in a different way.


Any additional comments?

All though the book was excellent without the music to go along with it, I was most impressed with the narrator and how he was reading as if he was a character witnessing everything when he was speaking in 3rd person.

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- Vee

Amazing!

Very action packed! The story WILL draw you in! I recommend thus is teenagers because of profanity but other than that, this story is a classic!
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- Carrie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: MonkeyBone Publications