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AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN

AMERICAN SONNETS FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN

by Terrance Hayes | Read by Terrance Hayes

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

In a smooth voice and a measured tone, poet Terrance Hayes delivers 70 of his own sonnets condemning what he calls America's assassins: racism, violence, and prejudice against black people. In this National Book Award-nominated collection, Hayes unflinchingly criticizes President Trump and decries hate crimes against blacks throughout history. Hayes's political opinions are... Read More

ANGELS IN AMERICA

ANGELS IN AMERICA A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

by Tony Kushner | Read by Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Intimate, surreal, and devastatingly honest. Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield lead a superb Broadway cast in this audiobook revival of Tony Kushner's 1991 award-winning examination of the 1980s AIDS crisis in America. It is easy to forget how shaken and frightened the country, especially the gay community, was in the shadow of an unknown and lethal disease.... Read More

BOOK OF LONGING

BOOK OF LONGING

Earphones Award Winner

by Leonard Cohen | Read by Leonard Cohen

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Leonard Cohen, narrating his audiobook of poems, provides listeners an opportunity to hear his unique intonation and pensive tone once more. First published in 2006, this collection features Cohen's thoughts and observations on sexual desire, getting older, and finding the truths in his everyday movements. Throughout, Cohen's voice resonates with intimacy. He notes the beauty... Read More

THE CAPTAIN'S VERSES

THE CAPTAIN'S VERSES The Love Poems

by Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh [Trans.] | Read by Armando Duran

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

An audiobook may not be the best way to experience these love poems. Each one is gorgeous--and so gorgeously read by Armando Duran that the listener may want to stop after one or two and think about them, rather than moving straight through the collection. Neruda is the definitive Spanish-language poet of the twentieth century, and his love poems hold a place comparable to... Read More

HOLD THESE TRUTHS

HOLD THESE TRUTHS

by Jeanne Sakata | Read by Ryun Yu, Matthew Floyd Miller, Suzy Nakamura, Matt Walker, Greg Watanabe

L.A. Theatre Works | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

An ensemble cast presents Sakata's powerful play about real-life Gordon Hirabayashi's courageous stand against the U.S. Government during WWII. After the Japanese-American was arrested for staying out after curfew, he took his case to the Supreme Court, where his conviction was upheld. It took an incredible 40 years before his conviction was overturned. L.A. Theatre Works'... Read More

HOW TO LOVE A COUNTRY

HOW TO LOVE A COUNTRY Poems

by Richard Blanco | Read by Richard Blanco

Beacon Press | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

With a quiet but driving intensity, Richard Blanco delivers poems that speak to our times. He addresses the push-pull of his identity as a Cuban-American, confronts his own mortality (his father died at 55), and touches on national tragedies such as the Pulse nightclub and Parkland high school mass shootings and the Boston bombing. In the affecting "November Eyes," the author... Read More

THE LITTLE FOXES

THE LITTLE FOXES

by Lillian Hellman | Read by Will Brittain, Tim DeKay, Heidi Dippold, Jamie Harris, Jared Harris, Larry Powell, Molly C. Quinn, Albie Selznick, Joanne Whalley, Karen Malina White

L.A. Theatre Works | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

In this darkly comic 1939 Broadway classic, film and television veterans Joanne Whalley, Heidi Dippold, and Molly C. Quinn take center stage--an opportunity actresses didn't often find in mid-twentieth-century American theater. It's 1900 in the heart of Dixie, and two brothers are plotting to build a cotton mill with $75,000 "borrowed" from the family. Their sister, played with... Read More

NOUNS & VERBS

NOUNS & VERBS New and Selected Poems

by Campbell McGrath | Read by Campbell McGrath

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Rooted in everyday experiences, Campbell McGrath's poems have a brevity and immediacy that adapt effectively to audiobook listening. His images are literal and direct, with few metaphors or "deeper meanings," and the poems don't require repeated listening. McGrath's voice doesn't sound professionally trained, but he is a good interpreter of his poems' rhythms and emphases, and... Read More

SAKINA'S RESTAURANT

SAKINA'S RESTAURANT

Earphones Award Winner

by Aasif Mandvi | Read by Aasif Mandvi

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Full of easy humor and a wide-eyed sense of discovery, writer/comedian Aasif Mandvi reprises his 1998 Obie Award-winning one-man play about a young man who leaves his village in India to work in a Manhattan restaurant. He stays with the restaurant owner's family, and each member of the family has their own story to tell. Mandvi effortlessly hops from the individual voices and... Read More

SISTERS MATSUMOTO

SISTERS MATSUMOTO

Earphones Award Winner

by Philip Kan Gotanda | Read by Keiko Agena, June Angela, Ron Bottitta, Kurt Kanazawa, Suzy Nakamura, Greg Watanabe, Ryun Yu

L.A. Theatre Works | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

With poignant grace, Keiko Agena, June Angela, and Suzy Nakamura lead a stellar cast, playing three Japanese-American sisters who find hope, heartache, and hard-won humor when they return to their family farm in California after four long years locked away in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. They had planned to pick up where they left off, but their father and mother are... Read More

TRUE WEST

TRUE WEST

by Sam Shepard | Read by Kit Harington, Johnny Flynn, Madeleine Potter, Donald Sage Mackay

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Narrators Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn attack this 1980s drama by Sam Shepard aggressively--if in a way that is not quite true to character. Austen and Lee are estranged brothers who confront each other and their demons in their mother's L.A. kitchen. Harington's portrayal of Austen, the serious younger brother, is too similar to Flynn's Lee, the threatening derelict. Because... Read More

WINGSPAN

WINGSPAN

by Chris Bohjalian | Read by Grace Experience, K.K. Glick, Chris Bohjalian and a Full Cast

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Chatting about topics both professional and personal, two female flight attendants--played by Upright Citizens Brigade alumna K.K. Glick and newcomer Grace Experience--ready their passengers for another routine flight in this likable and witty one-act production. Sadly, just as the listener is beginning to enjoy the show, the author breaks in time after time reading unnecessary... Read More

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