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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: February 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jrobertus | 1/18/2014

    " this is a play by the modern british master. funny and intelligent as always. we see a tutor and his student in a great house in 1809, and modern descendants and literary researches of the present time all interdigitating. i would like to see the play presented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teemu | 1/15/2014

    " Very clever but also a bit too academic to be performed to an un-specified audience. Dialog is crisp and the characters are very lively, but the play itself probably talks a bit too much about scientific studies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Gönci | 1/12/2014

    " My all-time favourite play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Tomchik | 1/10/2014

    " My favorite play of all time! Seriously! I read this often, and it delights me every time. Some may say that Stoppard is a bit of an intellectual snob and a showoff with his extensive science references, etc. However, I find him absolutely charming and think that his sometimes obscure references are just part of the fun. This short play can be read quickly, but shouldn't be - it's one to be savored. The lines beg to be lingered over and repeated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mstan | 1/10/2014

    " Clever and funny but not as wonderful as his other famous play. I guess Stoppard is amazing the first time you encounter him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JJ | 1/2/2014

    " My review at my blog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 12/30/2013

    " If you are into reading plays... give this one a go. Stoppard is genius! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 12/23/2013

    " Extremely well done audio version of a well-written play. My only regret is that it wasn't longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 12/19/2013

    " beautiful, intelligent, tragic blend of pigeons, sex and literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lis | 12/13/2013

    " I've made more than a few friends from quoting this play's opening dialogue: "Septimus, what is carnal embrace?" "Carnal embrace is the practice of throwing one's arms around a side of beef." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margarita | 12/11/2013

    " pretty quircky, although the new one from him on russian lit doesnt inspire "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Mai | 11/24/2013

    " I fell in love with the tragic love of this play. The last scene is absolutely beautiful. An intellectual play for intellectual minds yes, but I feel this play can be enjoyed by all. I recommend it without reservation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Ward | 9/20/2013

    " Again: not sure yet what I have to say about this one. Must think on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 9/1/2013

    " Arcadia is a comical, yet at times tragic, tale of sex, love, and literature. The characters are fun and interesting as are their actions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilsa | 5/9/2013

    " Nautilus shell dub. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Casey | 6/23/2012

    " I generally prefer novels over plays, but this story really opened my mind to plays. It is beautifully written and a creative and terrific story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoebe Thatcher | 5/27/2012

    " Beautiful play, clever and moving script, wonderful characters - just the right balance of humor and sadness. Accessible but intellectual. Great intersection of literature, history, love, and math. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/2/2012

    " This play is an awesome read for the fractals alone if nothing else! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie Austin | 1/20/2012

    " I was confused through a portion it and bored by the other portion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Swanson | 1/14/2012

    " Fantastic play that amazingly combines physics, mathematics, philosophy, and two different time periods set in the same room. Stoppard is the master. Teach me to write, Tom. Teach me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddie Ricchiuto | 12/2/2011

    " Arcadia will give you a new understanding of truth, even though the play is just a little absurd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 9/28/2011

    " To properly document my response to this play, I am trying to find the best way to render the sound of my mind exploding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/18/2011

    " This is a very intellectual play, but like most of Stoppard's it is very good. I saw this play in London at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. It stimulates the head and the heart. The dialogue is both witty and engaging.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 4/21/2011

    " Honestly, I don't know that I'm smart enough to really have understood this play. I think I'd like to see it onstage, I think that would help.

    Some very funny lines, and I think the staging sounds intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carma | 3/26/2011

    " A VERY interesting read involving historicity and some crazy math/statistics concepts. However, there is some naughty humor- but overall, I recommend it. "

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