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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,373 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Schwartz Narrator: Orson Bean, Harry Groener, and full cas Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The first revised and updated version of this 1970s cult classic by Studs Terkel. A rousing musical with a cast of 20, Working is for anyone who has ever punched a clock, a cow or a supervisor - or wanted to.

This full-cast production stars Eileen Barnett, Orson Bean, Harry Groener, Kaitlin Hopkins, Michael Kostroff, Kenna Ramsey, Vickilyn Reynolds, Vincent Tumeo, and B.J. Ward. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/20/2014

    " One cannot eat, drink, or make love for eight hours a day but one CAN work for eight hours a day. This book unfolds page after page of uninhibited articulations of real experiences by people surviving the humiliations and scars in their workplaces. Studs delivers the message that we all search for daily meaning and recognition. Previewed with a brief description of the characters, their monologues are simply uncanny. i felt the passion and the authenticity of the various woes and concerns within the workplaces. i am quite sure that most people can lock in at least one character of whom they relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rozzer | 2/17/2014

    " Does it get better than Studs Terkel? No. It doesn't. Here's a man who created and sustained, all by himself, a particular non-fiction genre that had never been conceived of before. The long, almost unedited interview with the questions deleted. It permitted (and, yes, it's past tense because to my knowledge no one has seen fit to pick up the torch) the entry by the reader into the personal thoughts and values of the person interviewed to a degree otherwise impossible. Of course, I'm sure that Mr. Terkel used his authorial powers to edit what his interlocutors said to him. So that we can't know the extent to which those people have or haven't been distorted. But Terkel's take on the personal story is very refreshing and will remain so. If I had to guess the reason that he has not been imitated, I'd have to say that his technique may well require a degree of charm and interpersonal warmth which others find difficult to generate. "Working" is a treat for those who relish real contact with real people in real situations. To the best of my knowledge, the words you read in "Working" have not been made up or invented by the author. They are those of real people doing real jobs. It's worth a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joshua Sauvageau | 2/7/2014

    " So good; this should be mandatory reading for every high school kid. These (often powerful) vignettes will help you see your fellow human in a completely different light. You may even begin to rethink your own path. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 2/5/2014

    " A rather profound book about people and their working lives. Drudgery, ulcers and feeling trapped in a job, vs. doing what you're good at, dignity, sense of purpose, and income. The verbatim transcripts of interviews with over a hundred people are surprisingly powerful, taken together. "

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