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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,915 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Stoppard Narrator: Kate Burton, Mark Capri, Jennifer Dundas, Gregory Itzin, Christopher Neame, Peter Paige, Douglas Weston Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tom Stoppard's Arcadia merges science with human concerns and ideals, examining the universe's influence in our everyday lives and ultimate fates through relationship between past and present, order and disorder and the certainty of knowledge. Set in an English country house in the year 1809-1812 and 1989, the play examines the lives of two modern scholars and the house's current residents with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Libby | 2/20/2014

    " Few playwrights rival Tom Stoppard for intellectual playfulness, from his existential comedy based on on two minor characters from Hamlet (1966's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead") to a dadaist historical farce based on a expatriate production of Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest " (1974's "Travesties"). As delightful as these early plays are, they are sometimes faulted for being slight, as all dash and no substance. No such criticism may be leveled at Stoppard's dizzyingly brilliant 1993 play "Arcadia." On one level, "Arcadia" functions as a cleverly crafted intellectual thriller, as modern-day scholars at an English manor house try to piece together events that occurred there in 1809 as those events occur before the audience in alternating and split scenes. But at its heart, "Arcadia" is not about physics, mathematics, computational biology, Byron, or the the Romantic symbols that fascinate the play's characters, but rather how all of these things are lenses through which beauty, truth and meaning can be seen. It's a play not so much about the triumph of the cerebrum as it is about power forces of attraction, and less despairing of the universe's inevitable loss of heat and energy than determined to make the best of the time and energy we have. As all good things like life, music, and books, must come to an end, so does "Arcadia," but not after making your life a bit brighter for its presence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel Tingley | 2/18/2014

    " My favorite play of all time, "Arcadia" is filled with math, religion, psychology, romance, and turtles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Daniel Tain | 1/18/2014

    " my favorite play ever! short and clever, turned me on to the genius Tom Stoppard "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jordan | 1/18/2014

    " This is a play which stopped me cold. I loved every page. The allusions to vague historical moments and artists were interesting. I would do anything to see this piece performed. "

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