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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,661 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Stoppard Narrator: Andrea Bowen, Matt Gaydos, Carolyn Seymour, Simon Templeman, Douglas Weston, Joanne Whalley, Matthew Wolf Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Henry may be the wittiest playwright of his generation, but he's hopelessly naïve when it comes to understanding love and infidelity. Writing about betrayal is one thing, living with it is another. After Henry leaves his wife for another woman, he's confronted with being the cuckold himself. Both dazzlingly clever and emotionally naked, Henry's search for the the real thing in art and love demonstrates beautifully why both are worth the effort in the end.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Beth | 2/7/2014

    " I didn't love this one. I felt the characters were hard to relate to and therefore hard to truly care for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/2/2014

    " Stoppard has a gift for taking readers with him down the rabbit hole of human emotion, but with a quick witted approach that lightens up the dark corners and makes his work hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joelle | 1/30/2014

    " Paragon Theatre 2010 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Trevor | 1/30/2014

    " I think this play has one of the best lines about enduring love and enduring through love. Even though the characters and incredibly flawed, I appreciated their vulnerability and desire to stay together despite the fact that their relationship was getting difficult. Stoppard does a great job portraying two characters who don't want to stay together because of a buildup of tension and yet who still feel compelled to remain. It's not a simplistic portrayal either. The two characters are not so devoted to love and marriage that they seem naive and idealistic about love and marriage; in fact, if anything they seem jaded about the whole idea--their last marriages ended because of their affair and there is no real indication that they plan on this relationship lasting longer than it takes for the norepinephrine to dry up. But somehow--and they are surprised by this--they want to stay together despite all this. While watching and later reading the play, I kept trying to figure out how Stoppard portrayed the conflicting emotions so seamlessly. Stoppard is a genius, though, so I still don't know how he did it but I'm glad I can appreciate and enjoy his work both on the stage and in print. A word about the understandability of this play: In his work Stoppard is often engaged in metaphysics, chaos theory, erudite history, and loads of other obscure and hard to understand devices--that's part of his charm and intrigue. Perhaps this play has such devices too and I missed it, but I found this play to be very accessible without sacrificing depth. "

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