Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw audiobook

Saint Joan: A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue

By Bernard Shaw
Adapted, produced, and directed by Yuri Rasovsky
Read by Amy Irving , Edward Herrmann , Kristoffer Tabori , and a distinguished cast

Blackstone Publishing, Craig Black
3.27 Hours Audio Theater
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“Joan of Arc, a village girl from the Vosges, was born about 1412—burnt for heresy, witchcraft, and sorcery in 1431—rehabilitated after a fashion in 1456—designated Venerable in 1904—declared Blessed in 1908—and finally canonized in 1920. She is the most notable Warrior-Saint in the Christian calendar, and the queerest fish among the eccentric worthies of the Middle Ages.”—George Bernard Shaw With Saint Joan, Shaw reached the height of his fame as a dramatist. Fascinated by the story of Joan of Arc but unhappy with “the whitewash which disfigures her beyond recognition,” he presents a realistic Joan at war not just with British invaders but with realpolitik. This is a masterpiece of the theater of ideas, presented in the most eloquent, vital, human, and moving terms. Blackstone commissioned this production from the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Audie AwardAudie Award for Best Audio Drama

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

SoundCommentary.com’s The Best of the Best for 2010

“Joan of Arc, a village girl from the Vosges, was born about 1412—burnt for heresy, witchcraft, and sorcery in 1431—rehabilitated after a fashion in 1456—designated Venerable in 1904—declared Blessed in 1908—and finally canonized in 1920. She is the most notable Warrior-Saint in the Christian calendar, and the queerest fish among the eccentric worthies of the Middle Ages.”—George Bernard Shaw

With Saint Joan, Shaw reached the height of his fame as a dramatist. Fascinated by the story of Joan of Arc but unhappy with “the whitewash which disfigures her beyond recognition,” he presents a realistic Joan at war not just with British invaders but with realpolitik. This is a masterpiece of the theater of ideas, presented in the most eloquent, vital, human, and moving terms. Blackstone commissioned this production from the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“St. Joan contains not only some of the playwright’s most acerbic writing but also his most poetic.” New York Times
“The most fervent thing Shaw ever wrote—the play that is poetically the most moving, that comes closest to high tragedy, a work inspired with a truly elating sense of justice; a work in which the mature rationality of en esprit fort that has outgrown the confines of the eighteenth and even the nineteenth century, bows before sanctity; a work fully deserving its world fame.” Thomas Mann
“Those who doubt the power of radio theater should be silenced by this performance of what has been called ‘the most fervent thing Shaw ever wrote.’ Saint Joan tells the story of Joan of Arc—not the saint, but the girl, a girl who is defiant, nonconformist, spirited. Also told is the story of a France not ready for her, a church that fears her, and barons and earls who fear her seeds of nationalism. This production features a star-studded cast: Amy Irving plays an inspired Joan; other players include Robertson Dean, Scott Brick, and Stefan Rudnicki. Sound effects and music are understated but also unnecessary as the cast more than carries the heartbreaking story. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile 
“Written at the height of Bernard Shaw’s long and distinguished career, Saint Joan is Theater of Ideas at its best. The play…presents the tragedy of a selfless, courageous young girl with a spiritual sensibility so far ahead of her time that she would be as dangerous today as she was thought to be when she was condemned to death in 1431…The role calls for an actor who can demonstrate this and let Joan soar to tragic heights besides. Amy Irving does an outstanding job. The all-star cast plays off of her and supports her well. The final dream sequence, which moves the play from the 15th century squarely into our own times, is beautifully rendered.” Soundcommentary.com
“Gifted audio drama director Yuri Rasovsky artfully melds the talents of actress Amy Irving, as the gung-ho French farm maiden-turned-warrior by the ‘voices’ in her head, to those of a veteran male cast to bring us a fresh and energetic revival. Rasovsky again displays seemingly effortless skill in translating a lengthy theatrical piece to intriguing audio drama…Rasovsky’s highly competent and satisfying effort, then, represents both an excellent introduction to Shaw and a stand-out performance.” Captain Radio

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 3.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English