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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (96,358 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tennessee Williams Narrator: Rosemary Harris, James Farentino Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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Caedmon is proud to release this archival full-cast recording of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.

Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment seeking refuge from a troubled past but her ethereal spirit irks Stella's husband, the loutish Stanley Kowalski. Crudely, relentlessly, he unmasks the lies and delusions that sustain Blanche, until her frail hold on reality is shockingly severed.

This atmospheric recording of Tennessee Williams's powerful classic stars Rosemary Harris and James Farentino as Blanche and Stanley roles they performed to acclaim in a smash revival at New York's Lincoln Center. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/17/2014

    " Williams is a master. Nothing more needs to be said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saige | 2/2/2014

    " Another book that we acted out in my American English class. I didn't have a major part but I remember Blanche so well. I felt so sorry for this woman. The book itself is fantastic. It made me have this urge to read other books by Williams like The Rose Tattoo and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which I admit I have only seen the movie to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Brower | 1/29/2014

    " A fascinating story that is far and away more engaging and developed than *The Glass Menagerie*. That said, the last two or four scenes are rushed and make some leaps with regard to character that I don't quite believe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marc L | 1/27/2014

    " Mooi compact toneelstuk dat zich afspeelt in New Orleans. Gaat in essentie over de (lamentabele) vrouwelijke conditie. Hoofdfiguur Blance is het typevoorbeeld van de neurotische vrouw, Stanley van het alfamannetje. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/24/2014

    " Oh! how I love Blanche and Stanley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Ortuno | 1/19/2014

    " Overall i don't really know what I was expecting from this book but it was definitely more. I feel for Blanche although she is delusional and I found her extremely annoying but I think Williams convinced me enough to dislike stanley more because he was such a brute. I would love to see the movie;I am curious to see how Marlon Brando would interpret him . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnamarie Mackay | 1/10/2014

    " An outstanding play, Williams depicts the cultural collusion of the old and new worlds through his vivid characters. He brings the characters to life, drawing the reader in by igniting all of their senses. A play that is still very relevant today with it's stark and poignant themes, a true classic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jiill | 1/2/2014

    " Love Tennessee Williams... love the complications of the characters and how he paints their characteristics so clearly. There always seems to be a bizarre element involved in the plot that gives his works that signature TW touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 10/12/2013

    " Three stars because I know it's a good play but I never want to be part of it. Way to depressing, and I'm a guy who likes Long Day's Journey Into Night. Blanche is a great character, but everyone else is just mean. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Chandler | 10/9/2013

    " Read over and over and over and over... every few years... and then read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indah Threez Lestari | 9/30/2013

    " Young Marlon Brando... Looks delicious with his white T-shirt or no T-shirt at all... :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sdrd | 7/27/2013

    " Amazing how well it holds up. Tennessee Williams is brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Bracksieck | 5/29/2013

    " Rereading it left me a little disappointed. I see why it is a brilliant piece of literature, but it doesn't do much for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T. M. | 2/15/2013

    " Blanche is annoying from start to finish, but Williams' realistic writing shows how some people are unable to handle change and also how domestic violence affects Stanley, Stella, and all those who observe it. "A Streetcar Named Desire" is best enjoyed when read aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 6/28/2012

    " Great dialogue (it seems so real!) and great stage directions. It was hard for me to find a character to sympathize with, however, and thus hard for me to figure out what to take away from it. Another read-through is, therefore, eventually, in order. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 1/29/2012

    " alright, studied it for love aspects did live up to expectations "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stultuscaudex | 11/29/2011

    " I want to punch Stanley in his face. With a piranha. That is all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzi Crystal | 11/9/2011

    " A desperate, haunting play, extremely well written with a distinct voice for each character. With the right actors this could be such a passionate piece. Going to hunt down the film version! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 10/16/2011

    " I read the play in high school (on my own), then saw the black and white film with Vivienne Leigh and a young Marlin Brando, which helped bring the play to life. Shortly after that, I saw the play at Geva Theater...a good production and by then I was hooked on the story. Stella!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Cecil | 7/18/2011

    " another school book. america in the '50's. it's not pretty, but it's well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jbdean | 5/12/2011

    " Emotionally crippling. The precarious balance of sympathy I feel for each character is tightroped till the inevitable tumble at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 4/22/2011

    " Read this play and the emotion in it stuck with me for ages. I used one of Blanche's monologues for an audition for National Youth Theatre. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 KL | 4/22/2011

    " Me and Tennessee Williams just don't get along. Let's just leave it at that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 4/21/2011

    " Debauchery, rape, death, jazz, burly brute overly-sexualized men, liquor, pedophilia, secret homosexual pasts, sex, sex, sex, lies, Southern charm, New Orleans, violence, and more sex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Silvia | 4/18/2011

    " It was a good book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 4/16/2011

    " Oppression. Fear. Sanity.
    Three things that come to mind when reading this and much like The Glass Menagerie, I loved every scene. I must watch one of the enactments one of these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K | 4/12/2011

    " I saw the amazing Cate Blanchett play and kept visualising it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 4/6/2011

    " One of my new favorites. I love reading play scripts and this one didn't disappoint! Can't wait to see it live. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dinah | 4/2/2011

    " I was barely able to get past the first act. Only read it because of a group that I was a part of at the time. I don't like this play on paper. It's beautiful on stage though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sajia | 3/27/2011

    " In love with this play. One of my favorites.
    Dream Role: Stella "

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About the Author
Author Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams, born Thomas Lanier Williams in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi won Pulitzer Prizes for his dramas, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Other plays include The Glass Menagerie, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real, Suddenly Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth and Night of the Iguana. He also wrote a number of one-act plays, short stories, poems and two novels, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and Moishe and the Age of Reason. He died in 1983 at the age of 72.