Samuel Beckett, one of the great avant-garde Irish dramatists and writers of the second half of the twentieth century, was born on 13 April 1906. He died in 1989. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. His centenary will be celebrated throughout 2006 with performances of his major plays, but the most popular of them all will be, without doubt, the play with which he first made his name, Waiting for Godot. It opened the gates to the theatre of the absurd as four men appear on the stage, apparently with purpose but (perhaps) waiting for someone called Godot. It is stark, funny, bemusing and still deeply affecting half a century since its first production. In this new recording for audiobook, John Tydeman, for many years head of BBC Radio Drama, takes a fresh look at one of the milestones in Western drama. It follows the highly acclaimed recordings of Beckett’s Trilogy, Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable published by Naxos AudioBooks.
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Stunning! A must read/see/hear play!
I studied this play for English Literature A Level, and even that didn't put me off! Disturbing, funny, wild, intriguing, exciting, completely obscure and nonsensical...and, "Nothing happens". A very thought provoking play which will make you laugh, as well as to look at your own life and question what it is exactly we are doing here! Stunning play. As my English Lit teacher told me, "to fully understand and appreciate Waiting For Godot is to become part of a very exclusive club." Easily the greatest 20th Century play, and a play that everyone should read, see or hear at least once in their lifetime. Enjoy!
Sound quality is an issue
Also I wonder if an abridged version would easier to follow as an audiobook. That's not available so it's this or nothing.
great play, shocking sound quality
Beware - this recording is encoded at a very low bitrate and sounds dreadful, which - at £7.95 - borders on being an out-and-out ripoff.
My advice would be to steer well clear of the download and buy it on CD instead.