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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,661 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bertolt Brecht Narrator: Stacy Keach, Emily Bergl, Jessica Chastain, Jill Gascoin Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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Straight from London's National Theatre to L.A. Theatre Works!

Unrelenting in his search for simple truth, Galileo Galilei shatters beliefs held sacred for 2,000 years. But, under threat of torture by the Holy Inquisition, his scientific and personal integrity are put to the test as he argues for his very life in a passionate debate over science, politics, religion, and ethics that resonates to this day. This American premiere is translated by David Hare and directed by Martin Jarvis. It stars Stacy Keach and features an interview with Dr. E. C. Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " I read this play for an English class and loved it. For me, it crystallized the struggle between religion and science. I have great respect for those who stand up with the truth against the status quo, and this play is about one such person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Dabnor | 2/5/2014

    " Didn't really know the full story of Galileo, other than the basics - changed astronomy and upset the Papacy (until recently, when they forgave him). Not sure how close to fact it is, as some of the conversations involving the pope would have been unrecorded, but, if it's even partially accurate, it sounds like, as well as being the victim of entrenched theological viewpoints, he was a victim of socio-political wranglings, as the aristocracy were using the existing ideas of religion to maintain a hold over the peasantry. It's a particularly amusing book as well, with the dry wit of the character of Galileo opposing the buffoonery of various theological philosophers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adelaide | 1/12/2014

    " Oh, Brecht. I thought Galileo was excessively guilty, but I suppose that was the point. It's probably better on stage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn Philip | 1/12/2014

    " We think we are at the beginning of a new age now with all the changes in technology, medicine, economics etc, but as Brecht suggests through Galileo, perhaps we are always at that tipping point. I saw this play performed many years ago and enjoyed its intelligence and humor. Ditto for my reading of the play today. Sad though that nothing much has changed in the world. There are still many with political power who are keen to stifle open debate because they are afraid of a new vision of how things might be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/30/2013

    " I adore Brecht, though I don't know much of his work (shame on me). But since I've loved astronomy (don't know much of its work either...) since I was very young, this is my favorite Brecht piece of all time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny U | 12/28/2013

    " Not as great as some of Brecht's other works, such as "Mother Courage and Her Children," but I think that Brecht's idea about oppresion and truth is an interesting concept for a play. It's ok, but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toria | 11/9/2013

    " This play was really entertaining, but did at points feel overly didactic, as though you were being lectured on the way a society should be run by Brecht. Worth a read though, and definitely something to watch in performance if you get the chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Archie | 10/27/2013

    " A fabulous read! Brilliantly written, comical, but with a modern message. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 10/7/2013

    " The essay on truth in the back is better than the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noaman | 8/11/2013

    " Reading this play now, it seems more useful to take it as a critique of neoliberal economic orthodoxy than religion, per se. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Namrirru | 5/2/2013

    " Parts of the story are historically inaccurate, but I don't think Brecht can be blamed for that. I found most of the play to be rather boring. The last scene is beautiful though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rolls | 12/28/2012

    " The man behind the myth. I was in this play and I can assure you in a good production it is a stirring bit of work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mayank Jain | 7/12/2012

    " Read it while parallel-ly studying the modern history of the world... Loved it.. Went from cover to cover in 60-70 mins! Just shows what a brilliant man Galileo was "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jas | 3/13/2012

    " I read a translation by Charles Laughton, Grove Press 1966. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/15/2012

    " Truly enjoyed being Mrs. Sarti. Lots of words in this play. Lots of thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/8/2012

    " I love Brecht. That is all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Williams | 12/24/2011

    " What would you have done? Recant! No, wait, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 10/27/2011

    " Brilliant! A very thought provoking read, but not a play I'd actually like to see performed. Odd. This edition has informative commentaries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 6/18/2011

    " Humorous, satirical interpretation of the saga of Galileo and the Church.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/9/2011

    " This definitely held my attention during my five hour car trip, but it was not as extraordinary as I expected it to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 4/17/2011

    " Well it's a book I wouldn't recommend but well, I'm not really into Brecht and that topic at all but in an impartial view this book is worth reading because it's a masterpiece of a german author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ghzalah | 4/9/2011

    " it's a play about Galileo & his inventions & his fighting with the church &his discovering of the Copernican system "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 3/18/2011

    " I love Brecht. That is all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 3/3/2011

    " I learned many things about the world we live in with these book, I will recommened this book to those who loves physics and are willing to educate themselves more in physics. "

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