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Man and Superman

Written by: George Bernard Shaw
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
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Man and Superman was the first drama to be broadcast on the BBC's Third Programme on October 1, 1946. To celebrate Radio 3's 50th anniversary, the play was directed by Sir Peter Hall, and preserved for all time in this lush audio dramatization.

'A comedy and a philosophy', Man and Superman is based on the Don Juan theme, and using all the elements from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Shaw reordered them so that Don Juan becomes the quarry instead of the huntsman.

Boasting an outstanding cast including Ralph Fiennes, Juliet Stevenson, Dame Judi Dench, John Wood, Nicholas Le Prevost, and Paul Merton, this release includes an exclusive interview with director Sir Peter Hall.

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  • Allyson
  • 2019-04-06

An Entertaining Philisopical Farce

This play gives away entirely too many secrets and does so with wit and amazing timing. The second act is so full of philosophy as to be quite convincing as hell.

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  • Mitzi
  • 2018-11-26

I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS "MY" BERNARD SHAW!!

I remember being very fond of Shaw as a teenager and a young woman--avid reader of plays and theatergoer. When I saw "Man and Superman" offered on Audible I bought it without thinking twice, hoping to plunge into the pleasure of enjoying again, after many years, the work of one of those Irish genius playwrights I love so much. GOOD HEAVEN, how horrible! Act 1 was good at first and soon lost texture and coherence. Everything that followed was but a slow, nonsensical descent into hell...and not only for the dramatis personae of this play.

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  • lavalleem
  • 2018-08-06

Hard to follow off the stage

The performances of the actors was the only saving grace for this play. The choppy structure and the political statements being made by George Bernard Shaw when it leaves the stage.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-12

Incredible quality

Shaw's plays are meant to be heard rather than read, and these actors deliver it beautifully. The production quality is beautiful and the ambiance is lovely. I used this audiobook to help me study Shaw for a class, and I highly recommend listening while reading along and taking notes in the margins if you really need to grasp the concepts. It really helped!
All that being said, the story is at times tough to sit through. It's boring to listen to some assorted Brits argue about a girl's use of nicknames. But that's just my personal taste-- Shaw is an incredible writer, and absolutely worthy of listening to.

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  • Paul H Aube
  • 2017-05-27

Very entertaining and intelligent

If you could sum up Man and Superman in three words, what would they be?

Superior, yet in love.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Tanner.

Which scene was your favorite?

Chapters 8, 9 & 10: specific to the superman idea and conflict.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Listening to the Tanner character (magnificiently narrated by Ralph Fiennes).

Any additional comments?

Repeated the Jack Tanner's narration repeatedly to better understand the character.

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  • Essam Shabana
  • 2015-05-29

A good time is guaranteed with this play

A wonderful performance by the actors especially Ralph Fiennes. Such a great masterpiece. Highly recommended.

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  • Deborah
  • 2014-07-10

Where's Judi?

What disappointed you about Man and Superman?

I simply expected more of Dame Judi- as she was given first billing in Audible's synopsis (in list of narrators).

Would you be willing to try another book from George Bernard Shaw? Why or why not?

Yes; the man was brilliant.

Which scene was your favorite?

Opening scenes, I suppose. It does labor on toward the conclusion.

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