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Author: Anne Nelson Narrator: Swoosie Kurtz, Bill Irwin Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2002 ISBN: 9780739304754
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First performed in a hit off-off-Broadway production, and soon to be a film starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia, The Guys is a timeless drama about the surprising truths people can discover in ordinary lives, and the connections we make with others and ourselves in times of tragedy. Paralyzed by grief and unable to put his thoughts into words, Nick, a fire captain, seeks out the help of a writer to compose eulogies for the colleagues and friends he lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. As Joan, an editor by trade, draws Nick out about “the guys,” powerful profiles emerge, revealing vivid personalities and the substance and meaning that lie beneath the surface of seemingly unremarkable people. As the individual talents and enthusiasms of the people within the small firehouse community are realized, we come to understand the uniqueness and value of what each person has to contribute. And Nick and Joan, two people who under normal circumstances never would have met, jump the well-defined tracks of their own lives, and so learn about themselves, about life, and about the healing power of human connection, through talking about the guys. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2003Audie Award for Best Audio Drama
  • Winner of Audie Awards, 2003

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynette | 6/11/2013

    " Always interesting to read about 9/11. My first time reading a play and enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steffi | 6/2/2010

    " Almost ten years later I still find it difficult to read or watch anything related to 9/11. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynette | 5/3/2010

    " Always interesting to read about 9/11. My first time reading a play and enjoyed it. "

About the Author

Anne Nelson is an author and playwright, and she teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1989 Livingston Award for international reporting. Her books and articles have been published widely, and her play The Guys has been staged throughout the world. As a war correspondent in El Salvador and Guatemala from 1980 to 1983, Nelson published reports and photography in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.

About the Narrators

Swoosie Kurtz, a multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, is a Broadway icon whose work also includes big screen blockbusters like Liar, Liar and Dangerous Liaisons, indie favorites like Citizen Ruth, True Stories, and Cruel Intentions and beloved television hits Sisters and Pushing Daisies. She is currently starring in the CBS hit series Mike & Molly. Her distinctive name comes from The Swoose, the famed B-17 bomber flown by her father, Col. Frank Kurtz, the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II.

Bill Irwin is an American-born actor, performance artist, and choreographer. He graduated in theater arts from Oberlin College, Ohio, and from the Ringling Brothers and Barnun & Bailey Clown College. He is widely known for his theatrical clown work. His film career began in 1980, and he earned film credits in more than twenty movies. He is best known for his role in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Across the Universe, The Manchurian Candidate, and Lady in the Water. His numerous roles television credits include the Elmo’s World segment of Sesame Street, Northern Exposure, and, most recently, Monday Mornings, CSI, and Lights Out. His career on the stage has covered twenty-five years and includes numerous appearances and tours, including nine Broadway productions during which he earned a Drama Desk Award, a Tony Award, and an Obie Award. For his audiobook narrations, he earned an AudioFile Earphones Award and an Audie Award in 2003 for Best Audio Drama, as well as garnering finalist status for the 2002 Audie Award for Best Short Stories/Collections for Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald.