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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 cast Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2001 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 2/5/2014

    " Great, direct, on target. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 1/27/2014

    " Stunning. I have never read a book with so much plainspoken truth, delivered by people from a staggering variety of vocations. I am completely in awe of Terkel's skills as an interviewer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/18/2014

    " i love oral histories... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/17/2014

    " Really good. I never thought about a down side to taxi driving would be breathing traffic fumes. There were all kinds of people working all kinds of jobs, which made me more knowledgeable and understanding of different professions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xenia Popovich | 1/12/2014

    " This book is an invaluable tool for writers, because it gives us the opportunity to step into the life of other people and read (in their own words) about how their work determines their mindset, the way they express themselves, the way they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Bjerke | 11/30/2013

    " I wanted to write a book just like this until I found out it had already been done. I have always been very curious about peoples' occupations: what exactly they do, how do they get paid, do they enjoy it, etc. This book is very interesting to someone like myself. It is quite a bit dated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 9/7/2013

    " amazing book. I have read it at least three times, every time a different interview sticks with me. a must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elicia Clegg | 7/24/2013

    " This is a really great book for writers to read. It gives a prime example of characters which can lead to developing your own character sketches. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid | 7/14/2013

    " A classic. Really should not be missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dirt | 7/2/2013

    " it took me nearly 5 years to read this book and i enjoyed every bit of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 5/24/2013

    " every now and again i hear somebody referred to as a modern-day studs terkel. and i have to clench my teeth to contain my distaste for the notion that ANYBODY out there is doing work this freaking good (yes, including david barsamian). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince Carter | 1/11/2012

    " Interview snapshots of a kaleidescope of job-holders--how they got those jobs, what their lifestyles are, when and why they hope to move on, and also comments on the times in which they lived throughout the 20th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rachel burgos | 3/26/2011

    " everyone should read this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyssa | 5/4/2009

    " This might be outdated reading by now, but I enjoyed the straightforward talk about what it's like to work in various jobs. It was especially enlightening because I read this while still in middle school and long before I started working myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 7/4/2007

    " Read in my early 20s to learn about work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Cordova | 12/5/2006

    " Excellent panorama of life at every level revealed through Studs Terkel's unparalleled powers of inquiry; a good gut check if you ever thought your life was tough! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/3/2006

    " Every interview is interesting, but the Copy Boy chapter is by far the best. If you can't read the entire book, at least read that one because it's the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geet | 6/25/2006

    " i like examples "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreas | 9/18/2004

    " It is a a slow read. Because it takes time to digest so many lives and so many distilled thoughts on the nature of work. It helped me a lot in thinking about what kind of work I would like to do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K. | 1/5/2004

    " A great book. A real timepiece. A look at the human condition, the spirit and the nature of work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 5/25/2003

    " Not necessarily a book to read cover-to-cover. Provides great insights into other people's experiences so rarely revealed - but the reading is best when it probes the worlds of others that one secretly covets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/28/2001

    " Positively fascinating. I read this in the seventh grade (when I was actually smarter than I am now...) and go back to it often. "

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