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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Goldman Narrator: Alfred Molina, Kathleen Chalfant, and Full Cast Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN:
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Insecure siblings fighting for their parents' attention; bickering spouses who can't stand to be together or apart; adultery and sexual experimentation; even the struggle to balance work and family. These are themes as much at home in our time as they were in the twelfth century. In James Goldman's classic play The Lion in Winter, domestic turmoil rises to an art form.

Keenly self-aware and motivated as much by spite as by any sense of duty, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession. By imagining the inner lives of Henry, Eleanor, and their sons, John, Geoffrey, and Richard, Goldman created the quintessential drama of family strife and competing ambitions, a work that gives visceral, modern-day relevance to the intrigues of Angevin England.Combining keen historical and psychological insight with delicious, mordant wit, the stage play has become a touchstone of today's theater scene, and Goldman's screenplay for the 1968 film adaptation won him an Academy Award.

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

    " Take one messed up royal family, add a modern sensiblity and you get this romp through domestic drama circa the time of Henry II. Lurid in all the right ways and surprising in all the satisfying ones, Goldman's tale of backstabbing leads to major fights and major scenery-chewing on a level that would seem campy if the dialogue wasn't so damn good. This will always be one of my pet favorite plays, if only because Eleanor of Aquitaine gets to say the most ridiculous and appropos stuff when she's onstage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/10/2014

    " Not a huge fan. It's very fluidly written, but it felt like it belonged on TV. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 2/10/2014

    " "I'd hang you from the nipples but it'd shock the children." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/1/2014

    " Terrifically gripping. It's not just these shockingly human depictions of historical figures all trying to play one another. It's the pulsing emotions of love, frustration, and sadness that come through so clearly in all of the relationships. Come Summer 2013, I may very well be in a production of this as Henry II, who upon rereading this is my new literary soulmate. Don't know what that says about me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/23/2014

    " The dialogue is so pointed and bitter. I love the fierceness of the characters. The movie is also a must see...one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George King | 1/12/2014

    " One of my favorite plays to teach--filled with hilarious lines, intentional anachronisms, and an ambiguous denouement. The film is one of the great ones, with an all-star cast. It can be taught nicely after a unit on Becket and Murder in the Cathedral. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/12/2014

    " One of my favorite plays of all time. Loved the movie, loved it on stage as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 12/22/2013

    " one of my very favorite films - this play is full of witty dialog and is a truly wonderful example of historical fiction. GREAT READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelle | 12/20/2013

    " Arvada Center 2011 "

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

    " Oh, holy mackerel how I loved this play... especially Elenore. How can you not love Elenore. And the tapestry scene! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelmag | 12/12/2013

    " Probably my favorite play of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R.E. Bradshaw | 12/10/2013

    " One of my favorite plays. I shall play Eleanor before I die. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Davis | 7/10/2013

    " There are so many great lines in this play, both funny and smart; it will stick in your mind for years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyllei | 6/26/2013

    " The dialog is unparalleled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Peveler | 6/2/2013

    " Not only did I love reading it I loved playing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/8/2013

    " Can I add more stars? 5 just isn't enough for this one for me. Sorry to be so overly enthusiastic, but I love this play! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 9/7/2012

    " I've always thought this is what would happen if Edward Albee took on the Plantagenets. Imagine Becket meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Snappy, witty, caustic, and weirdly moving stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Ward | 7/9/2012

    " Saw this performed by Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Modern dysfunctional families have nothing on these guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Leverkus | 4/8/2012

    " Anything written about Eleanor of Acquitaine peaks my interest. I really enjoyed the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 8/13/2011

    " This play blew my mind! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/2/2011

    " short play, entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 3/14/2011

    " One of my favorite plays to teach--filled with hilarious lines, intentional anachronisms, and an ambiguous denouement. The film is one of the great ones, with an all-star cast. It can be taught nicely after a unit on Becket and Murder in the Cathedral. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 R.e. | 12/2/2010

    " One of my favorite plays. I shall play Eleanor before I die. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 8/30/2010

    " Saw this performed by Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Modern dysfunctional families have nothing on these guys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 8/29/2010

    " Just saw this at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and loved it!!! It has some wonderful lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelmag | 4/21/2010

    " Probably my favorite play of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 4/8/2010

    " One of my favorites. There isn't a wasted line in this entire play. If you like historic drama, this one's for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 3/10/2010

    " The dialogue and they way the characters interact with each other is hysterical. I love the tapestry sceen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 3/1/2010

    " I listened to the audiobook and it was magnificent! All the actors played their parts with passion and wit. I only wish it had been longer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Byron | 12/11/2009

    " I love this play and cannot help but to make return reads periodically. Goldman was in fine form when writing this... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 8/17/2009

    " Anything written about Eleanor of Acquitaine peaks my interest. I really enjoyed the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meltha | 7/28/2009

    " Oh, holy mackerel how I loved this play... especially Elenore. How can you not love Elenore. And the tapestry scene! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 7/6/2009

    " One of my favorite movies and wonderful to read the play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melly | 6/2/2009

    " Yes, there are historical inaccuracies. But this is still one of the greatest plays I've ever read.
    Aside: James is William Goldman's brother. "

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