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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,614 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Simon Narrator: Valerie Harper, Jonathan Silverman, and full cast Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2002 ISBN:
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In Neil Simon's darkly funny memoir of his family in 1930s Brooklyn, 14-year-old Eugene is preoccupied by his passion for the Yankees and his lust for his beautiful cousin, Nora. Eugene's comic growing pains contrast with the darker issues troubling his family: poverty, illness, long-held sibling resentment, and the growing Nazi threat to relatives in Europe. With a deft and compassionate hand, Simon creates a Brooklyn universe full of memorable characters, humor, and truth.

Neil Simon's spectacular play is presented here by a full cast featuring Valerie Harper, Jonathan Silverman, and Max Casella. 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 Jacara | 2/18/2014

    " Amazingly funny. I loved how Eugene talked and how he made the reader laugh talking about his quirky family. It was funny it made me think about how even though family can get on your nerves in the end they are all you have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/15/2014

    " I went through a big Brighton Beach Memoirs phase back when I originally read the play. I went out and rented the movie, my friends and I would cast ourselves in the parts and do readings of it, and by the end of the sixth grade I had my own very tattered copy of the copy. Looking back I think that while Eugene is sort of an archetypal adolescent, stereotypical Jew of the time, what-have-you, he is also a magnetic and well written protagonist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Tamraz | 2/10/2014

    " Read this for an English class I subbed for--loved it. The characters come alive and regardless of the era of America it depicts--it echoes contemporary life excellently. Enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shenoa | 2/9/2014

    " This is a very funny book, a bit embarressing when you read it out loud though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thespian999 | 1/27/2014

    " I did sound for this play. It's funny and witty although I've heard Rumors was better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 1/10/2014

    " One of my favorite plays. Neil Simon's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis | 12/18/2013

    " Brilliant. Will definitely be reading more by Neil Simon. He was able to get at familial relationships in a clear and poignant way rarely seen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 12/16/2013

    " Neil Simon's play about coming of age . . . which read as quazi-misogynistic to me. Just saying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 12/4/2013

    " A family struggling to survive.. the voices, family, hard decisions and job losses were all there. Great play by Neil Simon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/10/2013

    " I read this last year trying to find things to read for class. I really thought it was cute. It's about a kid going through puberty. It has some heart wrenching moments and it was so typical of what high schoolers go through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layla | 10/18/2013

    " Well, it was a good play and I'm looking forward to (possibly) being in it. But Eugene is your typical fifteen year old guy (not that emotional) and such a pervert. Anyway good plot and very sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Marta | 10/7/2013

    " very entertainig,i feel sitting in front of the stage!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Li | 10/5/2013

    " an okay story line, but it didn't really seem like anything special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 9/30/2013

    " Light-hearted but good - not a bad choice at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 2/14/2013

    " Masturbation jokes for the win. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Laurent | 1/1/2013

    " This book proves that it doesn't take a lot of words or a fancy vocabulary to capture an idea. Less is more. And in this case, so much less is so much more. I loved loved loved Brighton Beach Memoirs. Also has possibly the best last line ever spoken by an adolescent in a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 4/25/2012

    " One of my favorite Neil Simon plays. He writes this one so well that I felt I was a member of the family and experiencing with them their ups and downs. Simon does what all great writers do; he makes the old seem new. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 2/3/2012

    " A humorous account of coming of age, and the immigrant experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delaney Dixon | 12/28/2011

    " Probably my favorite of the plays we've read this semester (though my professor would argue otherwise). So relatable, and has many attributes of problems we face as families and community members today. Bravo! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Furball | 7/1/2011

    " Loved the play! The dialogue was extremely interesting and witty. I read this in one sitting and I couldn't stop laughing and cracking up every few pages. Really entertaining. Definitely recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim DiPiano | 5/26/2011

    " I love Neil Simon and I loved reading this play. His characters are so easy to identify with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 4/30/2011

    " A good play that pits happiness against depression. The family members and their situation is very depressing at times yet Eugene provides a burst of fresh air. He may be a horny, sport obsessed teenager, but he manages to amusing not annoying. The ending is heartwarming (a little too much so). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mine | 4/22/2011

    " there are only two plays that i loved and extremely enjoyed reading: oscar wilde's "the importance of being earnest" and this. funny, intelligent, and touching. recommended to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 4/14/2011

    " I haven't read enough plays in recent years, and started back into the genre with this poignant, funny coming-of-age story by Neil Simon. A quick and fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 11/15/2010

    " This play had excellent sections and really bad ones. I would not read it again, nor see the play or the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Selena | 10/24/2010

    " I have never read a bad play this man has written and my goal is to put on as many of his shows as I possibly can. If you appreciate WWII fiction that feels real I would suggest reading this play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 9/28/2010

    " This play had excellent sections and really bad ones. I would not read it again, nor see the play or the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mine | 9/8/2010

    " there are only two plays that i loved and extremely enjoyed reading: oscar wilde's "the importance of being earnest" and this. funny, intelligent, and touching. recommended to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 3/16/2010

    " This book proves that it doesn't take a lot of words or a fancy vocabulary to capture an idea. Less is more. And in this case, so much less is so much more. I loved loved loved Brighton Beach Memoirs. Also has possibly the best last line ever spoken by an adolescent in a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bluebird | 10/5/2009

    " Obnoxious obnoxious obnoxious.

    Lots of talking but nothing actually ever changes or happens. Perhaps this play is much better performed instead of read. Some how I doubt it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacara | 9/19/2009

    " Amazingly funny. I loved how Eugene talked and how he made the reader laugh talking about his quirky family. It was funny it made me think about how even though family can get on your nerves in the end they are all you have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 8/2/2009

    " A good play that pits happiness against depression. The family members and their situation is very depressing at times yet Eugene provides a burst of fresh air. He may be a horny, sport obsessed teenager, but he manages to amusing not annoying. The ending is heartwarming (a little too much so). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layla | 6/22/2009

    " Well, it was a good play and I'm looking forward to (possibly) being in it. But Eugene is your typical fifteen year old guy (not that emotional) and such a pervert. Anyway good plot and very sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 5/26/2009

    " very entertainig,i feel sitting in front of the stage!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 11/5/2008

    " Was on of the best books i've ever read
    it was a facianating tale of love, freindship and struggle
    Bravo!!!! Neil Simon "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashti | 9/23/2008

    " I read this book, solely because i use to live in Coney island which is Brighton Beach's neighbor!!!

    So Lame "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thespian999 | 7/15/2008

    " I did sound for this play. It's funny and witty although I've heard Rumors was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shenoa | 6/12/2008

    " This is a very funny book, a bit embarressing when you read it out loud though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 3/15/2008

    " an okay story line, but it didn't really seem like anything special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/11/2008

    " Read this for an English class I subbed for--loved it. The characters come alive and regardless of the era of America it depicts--it echoes contemporary life excellently. Enjoy. "

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About the Author
Author Neil Simon

Neil Simon, Americas most prolific and beloved playwright, is the author of more than thirty plays and screenplays. As a child he found refuge and inspiration watching early comedians like Charlie Chaplin, eventually deciding to incorporate comedy into his many works. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards and received more Oscar and Tony Award nominations than any other writer. Despite this, many still feel he is underrated. He now splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.