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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,626 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Osborne Narrator: Steven Brand, Moira Quirk, Simon Templeman, James Warwick, Joanne Whalley Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN:
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Jimmy Porter barely ekes out a living running a candy stall by day and playing jazz trumpet by night. Although he usually takes his frustrations out on his emotionless wife, Jimmy's scathing tongue and self-loathing seems destined to destroy everything.Set in the UK at the dawn of the 60's social unrest, this savage morality tale spawned the phrase angry young man.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Steven Brand as Cliff; Moira Quirk as Alison; Simon Templeman as Jimmy; James Warwick as Colonel Redhorn; Joanne Whalley as Helena.Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in March, 2012. This recording also includes an interview with Dan Rebellato, author of 1956 and All That: The Making of Modern British Drama.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 2/11/2014

    " I read this years ago and am now revisiting. I feel the same way then as I do know: I appreciate the historical importance of this play and find much to think about it, but I have a difficult time making an emotional connection. And it is not as if there if there isn't a lot of passion on display; Jimmy, much like Stanley Kowalski, is all id run amok as he lashes out at the collapsing British Empire and its moribund world view that has left without any options for an authentic way of living. Maybe it's just that, as that historical moment had recorded, the characters feel more like positions in an ideological debate than fleshed out folk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/7/2014

    " The play was boring to watch but a good one to read. There is a lot of meaning behind Jimmy's words. He's not just some insensitive guy that cheats on his wife. He wants passion and emotion and the "rants" that he goes on can be very meaningful if you study the situation effectively. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 1/27/2014

    " A fantastic play about post war youth in Midlands, England. Strong characters with interesting dialogue and themes relevant today as they were in 1956. A classic :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 judy | 1/23/2014

    " Over 50 years ago, this had a five star plus rating. Today, not so much. The play is pivotal in British drama. It ripped off the facade of British gentility and exposed the grievances of the working class "Angry Young Men". As intended, it shocked and horrified. Nothing like it had been seen on stage before. The vicious, hate-filled rants of Jimmy, the central character, were contrary to Britain's notion of proper behavior. Today, however, Jimmy would have his own show on Fox News. Don't bother unless the play is going to be on an exam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cdan | 1/20/2014

    " i think that what i liked most of all about this play is that it is strictly about people, not about historical events, not about specific places or idioms, but about people, together with the web of thoughts, reasonings and feeling that these ones possess. It'a a play with cojones, red blooded enthusiasm and lots of anger. A true masterpiece of the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dylan | 1/19/2014

    " You hate this guy, but still kind of want to love him...not a comma out of place though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcos | 1/6/2014

    " Angry white male. Enough said. "

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

    " The 'angry young man' certainly has a way with words (cutting ones, anyway). Wonderful language. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 12/27/2013

    " It may have been a pivotal piece in theatre, but that doesn't mean I have to enjoy it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe Davey | 12/27/2013

    " Played the part of Alison and found Jimmy's character in reading most infuriating but also reminiscent of someone I know... The play itself was not of my favourites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor Black | 12/24/2013

    " A marvellous play. Gritty, realistic and true to everyday life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klay Kubiak | 12/14/2013

    " The drama from this period is amazing. I don't think I have ever liked/hated a character as much as I do Jimmy Porter "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saahil | 12/8/2013

    " there are things which I could not understand :/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/2/2013

    " Jimmy is damn sexy (see Maurice Bendrix). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon Zohhadi | 10/26/2013

    " Read this book in my teenage years. A classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 10/25/2013

    " Wrote my undergraduate thesis on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leonard Pierce | 8/28/2013

    " Boy, has this not held up. It caused a huge revolution in theater when it tipped in the mid-50s, but reading it today -- it's not terrible, but so much of it has become trite, and so much of its rebelliousness has been blunted by time and perspective, that it's lost a ton of power. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristina | 6/21/2013

    " This same friend must have given me a bunch of bad books to read this year because here's another one. This play made no sense to me and I found it rather stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Gager | 4/9/2013

    " Tough to rate as I remember it so little. Another of my older sister's books. Forbidden fruit... Date read is a guess. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bookguide | 3/24/2013

    " We had to study this at school. I was not impressed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberment | 3/11/2013

    " The monologues in this are flippin' impressive! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Patterson | 3/2/2013

    " A great example of the 'angry young man' play. Jimmy Porter doesn't like himself, his aristocratic wife or society in general.It's a bit depressing but ends on a slightly upbeat note. It's an easy play to read. "

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