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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean Anouilh Narrator: Full Cast Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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After helping to murder Becket, King Henry II is haunted by memories of their passionate friendship. Appointing Becket as Archbishop was the King's greatest mistake, for Becket finds his allegiance shifting from king and country to God and Church.

Starring (in alphabetical order):

Asher Book as Young Monk, Ensemble
Kevin Daniels as Baron 4, Ensemble
Ken Danzinger as Baron 2, Ensemble
Jean Gilpin as Gwendolyn, Queen Mother
Alan Mandell as Archbishop of Cantebury, Pop
Charlie Mathers as Ensemble
Tim Monison as Baron 3, Cardinal Zambelli, Ensamble
Denis O'Hare as Thomas Becket
Jennifer Rau as Saxon Peasant, Young Queen
Simon Templeman as Henry II
John Vickery as Gilbert Folliot
Douglas Weston as Bishop of York, Baron 1, King Louis
Greg Woodell as Ensemble

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart | 2/12/2014

    " One of the best plays of the last century, this lavish and sweeping historical drama has it all: romance, politics, betrayal, suicide, murder, repressed longing, and lots of smart, articulate icons of history screaming astounding speeches at one another. Almost manages to out-Shakespeare Shakespeare, this gem of modern French literature became a hit in England and the US too and there's no wondering why with its astute writing and construction. Anouilh's masterpiece, hands down, it deserves a place on the bookshelf of any self- respecting theater collector. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Johnston | 1/17/2014

    " I think I read this during my army stint. Great play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie Clarke | 1/16/2014

    " I must confess my ignorance - although I do admire Anouilh I didn't know he had written a play about Becket, let alone quite a famous one. I'm currently fascinated my medieval culture and saints, so as soon as this play came to my attention I ordered it in and read it at one sitting. Like all Anouilh it is incredibly elegant, poetic, witty and worldly-wise. He doesn't interrogate his characters too much - he just exposes their actions and words: Becket retains a charismatic mystery to the end. I will definitely track the film down now too, and will keep watch for any theatrical productions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 1/9/2014

    " A tight little play about the cost of friendship and loyalty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/5/2014

    " I have never seen the play or movie, so I think I may have liked it better hearing the dialogue for inflections rather than just reading it. I really liked the staging of the murder at the end, though - it was very dramatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/1/2014

    " OMG so I saw the movie and went and got the book. Movie-book or book-movie is usually a let down but dang if i didn't love it. Anyone who loves historical fiction will love it. Takes an honestly stale formula of European history and makes u realize they were people, not just facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/31/2013

    " Excellent! The film of the play is wonderful, bit reading the play allows one to follow the verbal clues to the characters and their development much more closely. "

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

    " Little in this wonderful little play is historically accurate, but we have long be advised that one doesn't read Shakespeare for a history lesson. Nonetheless this is drama at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Nady | 12/4/2013

    " shows how complex human beings can be in their characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 11/28/2013

    " This is a play and one of my favorite books ever! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 11/27/2013

    " This was a decent play about a friendship gone bad because of idealogies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayva | 11/18/2013

    " Fantastic play! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/26/2013

    " Great play (although the author wrote the first half in 15 days, took time off, then wrote the second half in 15 days...aagghh). Rent the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck O'Connor | 10/13/2013

    " Too much action happens off-stage but Henry is an interesting character and Becket hits the right tone of emotional sickness one expects from the pious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George King | 7/5/2013

    " A play easy for students to enjoy, with its raucous Henry II and more serious title character. The play's politics also have a contemporary feel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 4/6/2013

    " I enjoyed it enough to read it through. It's not something I would pick up again. It's pretty messed up what Henry did to Becket, especially since they were best friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin (RBBR) | 2/9/2013

    " I so did not get this when I read it my 12th grade year. I read it again in College and understood it better the second time around. First time all that made sense to me was they learned to use forks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JM | 10/19/2012

    " This is one of the few times in which the movie was better. Without the emotions of the characters, this is just words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 2/10/2012

    " Powerful and deeply moving rendering of this episode in English history along with the troubled relationship between two men who are deeply attached, but end up at odds with each other as their ideals and ambitions begin to diverge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Servini | 1/6/2012

    " Loyalty, but to whom? When do loyalty's legitimate demands go too far? These are some of Anouilh's favourite themes and he explores them in this tale of conflict between church as state as represented by two former friends. The resulting tension makes for some excellent theatre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 12/24/2011

    " Excellent--witty and profound. Both main characters are captivating and complcated. The movie's incredible as well. It looks as though the original play, with Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn, would have been as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manny | 11/28/2011

    " Roughly, Murder in the Cathedral, in French and without the poetry. It's still very good. Anouilh's big thing was saying No, and here he gets plenty of scope to work with that theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 5/11/2011

    " I read this play my senior year and I loved it. Very well written. I'll definitely read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 5/1/2011

    " Too much action happens off-stage but Henry is an interesting character and Becket hits the right tone of emotional sickness one expects from the pious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 3/29/2011

    " This is a play and one of my favorite books ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 3/14/2011

    " A play easy for students to enjoy, with its raucous Henry II and more serious title character. The play's politics also have a contemporary feel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/6/2011

    " A play about a very selfish and childish king, portrayed very well by Peter O'Toole, and his best friend and later enemy, Becket. It is one of the few books I read for a class that I enjoyed but not so much that I would read it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 9/29/2010

    " I enjoyed it enough to read it through. It's not something I would pick up again. It's pretty messed up what Henry did to Becket, especially since they were best friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/25/2010

    " 1961 Tony Award.
    Liked it, but it was sometimes a struggle to plow through. Certainly the most compelling scenes and pieces of dialogue were between Becket and the King...and I can't even imagine what it must have been like to see Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn in those roles.

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/15/2010

    " shows how complex human beings can be in their characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/10/2009

    " Loyalty, but to whom? When do loyalty's legitimate demands go too far? These are some of Anouilh's favourite themes and he explores them in this tale of conflict between church as state as represented by two former friends. The resulting tension makes for some excellent theatre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 9/12/2009

    " OMG so I saw the movie and went and got the book. Movie-book or book-movie is usually a let down but dang if i didn't love it. Anyone who loves historical fiction will love it. Takes an honestly stale formula of European history and makes u realize they were people, not just facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/26/2009

    " Excellent! The film of the play is wonderful, bit reading the play allows one to follow the verbal clues to the characters and their development much more closely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 5/30/2009

    " I read this play my senior year and I loved it. Very well written. I'll definitely read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manny | 2/20/2009

    " Roughly, Murder in the Cathedral, in French and without the poetry. It's still very good. Anouilh's big thing was saying No, and here he gets plenty of scope to work with that theme.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/19/2009

    " Great play (although the author wrote the first half in 15 days, took time off, then wrote the second half in 15 days...aagghh). Rent the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 9/3/2008

    " I have never seen the play or movie, so I think I may have liked it better hearing the dialogue for inflections rather than just reading it. I really liked the staging of the murder at the end, though - it was very dramatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 7/29/2008

    " Excellent--witty and profound. Both main characters are captivating and complcated. The movie's incredible as well. It looks as though the original play, with Laurence Olivier and Anthony Quinn, would have been as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 4/15/2008

    " I think I read this during my army stint. Great play. "

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