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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,732 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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