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Download The Playboy of the Western World Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Playboy of the Western World (Unabridged), by J. M. Synge
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. M. Synge Narrator: Cyril Cusack, Siobhan McKenn Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the best-known Irish playwrights, John Millington Synge premiered The Playboy of the Western World in 1907. It immediately provoked controversy, eventually resulting in the infamous Playboy riots.

It has been recorded and adapted many times, but this timeless recording stars the Irish actors who made it a classic, including Siobhan McKenna and Cyril Cusack. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 2/22/2011

    " A very strange play. I'm still not entirely sure what to make of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stefania | 9/13/2010

    " I read this for literature class, and although it was difficult for me because of the language I enjoyed it immensely "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joan | 3/27/2010

    " Another on my list of Irish authors. I can see why this play incited audiences to riot and was banned in the early 1900s although today it would be considered mild. You can almost hear the list in the dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 3/13/2009

    " I enjoyed this. It's a bit of an easy read, but tells a good story and moral. "

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About the Author

John Millington Synge (1871—1909) was a poetic dramatist of great power and a leading figure in the Irish literary renaissance. After studying at Trinity College and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, he pursued further studies from 1893 to 1897 in Germany, Italy, and France. His travels along the Irish west coast inspired his most famous play, The Playboy of the Western World.