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Download Theatre Classics: Spring Awakening Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 53.96 out of 5 3.96 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Wedekind Narrator: Anthony Lewis, Helen Oakleigh, Ben Righton, Ian Fairbairn, Laura James Publisher: Fantom Films Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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London, 1944. Seemingly far from the war in Europe, two schoolboys find they have much more pressing concerns than the fighting on the front-line.

Melchior rekindles a passionate love affair with an old flame, but beneath his confident, roguish exterior lies a young boy who finds himself out of his depth. What starts as a romantic chapter in their young lives soon takes a violent turn with disastrous consequences that threaten to tear them apart.

For Mortiz however, girls are the last thing he wants to think about. But he cant ignore his natural desires for much longer, especially with the new crowd Melchior introduces him to. And with the expectations of a demanding father on top of the ever-increasing piles of homework, Moritz finds himself struggling to cope with the amounting pressure, and soon becomes to much to bare...

Springs Awakening is a story of youth and innocence, and the awakening we all experience one day. It explores the power of friendship and lust, and the role of society in dealing with these childhood traumas.

THE CAST:
Moritz: Anthony Lewis
Wendla: Helen Oakleigh
Martha: Victoria Broom
Headmaster: Ian Fairbairn
Bergman /Rousseau: Tina Rath
Rentier / Sean: Neil Summeville
Melchoir: Ben Righton
Thea: Laura James
Ernest: Jeremy Tiang
Caines / Sergeant: Keith Ducklin
Will: Mike Sani
Jenkins / Priest: Andrew McDonald Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/30/2014

    " This play has it all: teenage sex/rape, abortion, masturbation, homosexual acts, suicide, bad grades!!! And it's all the grown-ups' fault!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 1/27/2014

    " The musical is better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Magrady | 1/4/2014

    " Wedekind is a magnificent playwright but Spring's Awakening is my favorite work of his. Though the musical has more acclaim than this play, it is still enjoyable and a definite tearjerker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 1/4/2014

    " I never thought I'd ever say this, but the musical was better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Clare | 12/29/2013

    " Absolutley beautiful. Every page is a fresh reason to rejoice, and to mourn. Heartbreaking, tender, all light and dark, shadows. An absolute masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/25/2013

    " I was an absolute fan of the musical, so it made me want to read the stage play. The most intriguing thing about this is the time period it was written in, in conjunction with the subject matter. No wonder it was banned! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/26/2013

    " one of the best plays ive ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giorgiana | 10/8/2013

    " Too flowery and a lot of characters. Funny, not lol worthy. The author is honestly more interesting then the soap opera story. I just didn't like the way it was told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B.ecomeyourself27 | 9/13/2013

    " just as good as the actual performance "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meranda | 6/18/2013

    " This was an incredibly quick read. It was also nice to see where the musical came from and how it differed a lot from the original play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Lozier | 3/15/2013

    " This is a great translation. I compared it with several others and would recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 12/4/2012

    " Sadly, I liked the "cleaned-up" version of the musical a little better, although much of the dialogue was almost verbatim from the translation I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avi | 10/3/2012

    " I actually read the Franzen translation, but the drama was a very interesting display of stupid and ignorant attitudes about sexuality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/29/2012

    " This wasn't the easiest play to understand upon the first reading, but I definitely recommend it if you're going to see the musical. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Devri | 4/9/2012

    " I read this in the original German to complete my minor. It's not the fault of the author that I didn't like it--I'm just not good with symbolism. After I read it I didn't "get it" so I got a copy of the English translation--yeah, no better. I couldn't believe it when it was made into a musical... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/1/2011

    " what a completely bizarre play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randi | 9/28/2011

    " Favourite play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly Norris | 9/18/2011

    " If you like the musical, read the original... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/4/2011

    " Frank Wedekind is cool, people sure seem to like making musicals out of his plays. Who was supposed to do Lulu? I think it was Schoenberg or Alban Berg. Some atonal guy. Jonathan Franzen is kind of a pill in the introduction. Man, Franzen fucking sucks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 11/28/2010

    " This was an absolutely beautiful piece of work to read.
    It breaks so many barriers, and really sets the bar high for other so called "Controversial" plays.
    Absolutely stunning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/27/2010

    " one of the best plays ive ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 11/20/2010

    " I saw the performance in early 2009. The read was much better, though still chock full of defying societal norms. It was fantastic, and is one of my all time favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 8/30/2010

    " Wedekind is a magnificent playwright but Spring's Awakening is my favorite work of his. Though the musical has more acclaim than this play, it is still enjoyable and a definite tearjerker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 7/6/2010

    " Sadly, I liked the "cleaned-up" version of the musical a little better, although much of the dialogue was almost verbatim from the translation I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/4/2010

    " Hilarious coming of age play, lots of morbid themes but portrayed in a humorous and tangible way... read the Jonathan Franzen translation just in case, think its the latest version? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 3/31/2010

    " The dangers of inadequate sex education and punitive parenting! Wish I'd gone to see the rock opera version of this play in Vienna. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/11/2010

    " This is the English translation of the original book written in German.
    I am working on reading the German version but it is taking some time.
    I love the musical and the book is very close.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lukas | 1/26/2010

    " Eins der wenigen Reclambücher die wir in der Schule lesen mussten und das mir gefallen hat. Ist schon über 100 Jahre alt, beschreibt aber Probleme die wir heute immernoch haben. "

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