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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,013 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marsha Norman Narrator: Sharon Gless, Katherine Helmond Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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This play tells the powerful story of an epileptic woman in her early 40s systematically preparing her own death...and the frantic and touching efforts of her mother to stop her. This searing drama, which won the Pulitzer Prize on Broadway, is guaranteed to keep any listener on the edge of their seat.

Starring (in alphabetical order):

Sharon Gless as Jessie Cates
Katherine Helmond as Thelma Cates Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 2/18/2014

    " Kind of neat how I have "Night Mother" and "Mother Night" on my book list, huh? This one's just an hour long suicide note, though. Emotionally engaging, but very disappointing ending. "

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

    " I am a blubbering mess after reading this. A masterfully executed play. "

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

    " I forgot how amazing this play is. Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/11/2014

    " oh my heart... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/28/2014

    " Ultra depressing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 1/24/2014

    " This is a one act, two character play that is rivoting, provocative and heart-wrenching...a brilliant feat considering the limitations the author gave herself. It is regarding the relationship between a mother and her grown daughter, and speaks to the 'issue' of family members needing each other. I think it just took me a couple of hours to read--I literally could not put it down. I can't imagine the emotional involvement I would feel if I actually saw it performed since I felt so utterly swept up in the story just reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/7/2014

    " I hate to always relate books to movies, but the movie adaptation with Sissy Spacek does an amazing job of capturing what I remember most about this play. It's certainly not an uplifting read, but it's not exactly depressing either. Even though you know the ending from the very beginning, it's truly the journey that becomes all the more important, and the dialogue throughout between mother and daughter is spectacular. Sometimes, in watching a play, you're aware that the actors are reciting lines, which were written first by a playwright. In this case, you truly feel as if you are eavesdropping quietly on a real conversation that takes place over the course of an evening. You're definitely emotionally invested early on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Hays | 1/2/2014

    " This is one of my favorite plays of all time. It's honest, cruel, beautifully written, and very, very depressing. Be prepared for the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 11/21/2013

    " Rich, affecting melodrama. The kind of play actresses and directors adore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 10/31/2013

    " This play is really good but it's really sad! So if you don't like sad stuff stay away, lol! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Schultz | 10/17/2013

    " dark, dreary and painful to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle Urist | 10/17/2013

    " A dark play, but beautifully crafted and fun to perform. (I played Jesse Cates.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Davis | 10/2/2013

    " One of the most depressing plays you will ever read, but it is a powerful treatment of the delicate subject of suicide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 7/12/2013

    " Creepy and funny. Always look at it from the perspective of the daughter though. I don't know what my reaction will be to this play in twenty or thirty years. Probably very different? I like that the mundane is interspersed throughout. Probably my favorite aspect of the piece actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George S. | 4/3/2013

    " Women's version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 3/4/2013

    " Devastating. My stomach was in knots upon finishing this play (in one sitting, mind you). Once you start reading, it is impossible not to follow it to it's inevitable, yet still gut wrenching conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Augello-Page | 11/18/2012

    " Amazing. A two-person full-length play is rather difficult to pull off, but Norman does that and more in this work. I love the dialogue and pacing of this play; it is emotional, but not sentimental. A shot is heard: It sounds like "no". Yes ... a brilliant play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wade | 11/12/2012

    " Great play. A wonderful two-person dialogue, totally realistic and definitely unique. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn Lee | 9/12/2012

    " This play could have been two pages long, and a lot less boring. I say two pages cause you know how it will end from there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 9/11/2012

    " Powerful, intimate look at the outwardly ordinary but inwardly tragic lives of two women, a mother and her daughter who has decided to commit suicide. Fabulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morris Nelms | 8/25/2012

    " Excellent play that packs an emotional punch. Playing the two characters demands exceptional acting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/2/2012

    " I very sad and heartbreaking play. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 1/1/2012

    " this play = high school speech tournaments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dioscita | 12/3/2011

    " I dunno ... does it count to include a play on a site for books? Though ... duh ... what do I think "Romeo & Juliet" is? Anyway, whatever your criteria and regardless of the genre, this is a provocative, gripping and memorable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 11/9/2011

    " Creeeeeepy! Read "Getting Out" too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/8/2011

    " So many of the plays I've read in my life were written by men. It's nice to read a play by a woman, and furthermore about a amother/daughter. Even if it is about suicide. Or perhaps, especially because it is about suidice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morwynne LeFay | 4/3/2011

    " I have lost a few people I cared about deeply to suicide, and so I personally don't like reading about it. I'm sure it's amazing, I've seen it performed, but it's a personal boundary I have. So it's not a judgement based on the quality of the work itself, just my sensitivities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/9/2011

    " A dark play, but beautifully crafted and fun to perform. (I played Jesse Cates.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/22/2011

    " A gripping, fascinating, brilliant, yet ultimately heartbreaking play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 1/13/2011

    " It's a play so not really a "book" but I just love this. Warning - not cheery. This is very dark and there's not much to the plot but if you like intense writing and beautifully crafted characters, read this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 1/9/2011

    " dark, dreary and painful to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 1/2/2011

    " Pretty harrowing but well written. Even better when performed.
    Ellie NYC "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 1/2/2011

    " good book, really tore my up inside "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 9/15/2010

    " One of the most truthful writings about a person's place in a family and the very right to become your own person. You really don't know what is going to happen until the last page. Norman's writing is superb in keeping the reader engrossed in trying to figure out what will happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 7/23/2010

    " Devastating. My stomach was in knots upon finishing this play (in one sitting, mind you). Once you start reading, it is impossible not to follow it to it's inevitable, yet still gut wrenching conclusion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ajableu | 6/17/2010

    " So morbid. I don't know, perhaps it's better to watch plays and not read them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/5/2010

    " I just read this again and it made me cry several times. Damn it. This is a wonderful play, deceptively simple, painfully real, and both thought-provoking and emotion-jarring. I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/1/2010

    " An absorbing play, written in a classic style, that feels timeless. "

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