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Waiting for Godot

Written by: Samuel Beckett
Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
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There is now no doubt that not only is Waiting for Godot the outstanding play of the 20th century, but it is also Samuel Beckett's masterpiece. Yet it is both a popular text to be studied at school and an enigma. The scene is a country road. There is a solitary tree. It is evening. Two tramp-like figures, Vladimir and Estragon, exchange words. Pull off boots. Munch a root vegetable. Two other curious characters enter. And a boy. Time passes. It is all strange yet familiar. Waiting for Godot casts its spell as powerfully in this audiobook recording as it does on stage.

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  • Jefferson
  • 2011-07-24

The Joys of Existential and Spiritual Uncertainty

Ah, what a delightfully bleak, humorously horrible, grotesquely sublime, slapstickishly nihilistic, transcendently claustrophobic, bracingly despairing, and entertainingly frustrating play Waiting for Godot is! It's perfect.

And I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this audiobook version. The British actors, Sean Barrett, David Burke, Terence Rigby, and Nigel Anthony, are excellent, bringing Beckett's text and characters alive with wit, heart, and perfect timing. The two friends Estragon and Vladimir are an appealing pair of morosely and stubbornly heroic fools: ever waiting in the wasteland for the never appearing Godot, ever complaining about and attempting to understand their situation, never mustering the courage to escape it, repeatedly forgetting their past, playing off each other's words like suicidal comedians, sometimes arguing, and often treating each other with moving affection. There is something strangely comforting about their never-ending failures. As if an adult Charlie Brown were living with Eeyore instead of Snoopy. Pozzo and Lucky, the foil-pair of Estragon and Vladimir, are morbidly fascinating in their abusive master-slave relationship.

Here are a few of the many great moments in the audiobook: when Lucky "thinks," when Estragon and Vladimir pass their hats and Lucky's back and forth between them, when the boy angel delivers his messages (that Godot will surely come tomorrow!), when Estragon and Vladimir "abuse" each other and then make up, when Estragon and Vladimir debate helping Pozzo up, and when Pozzo makes his woeful speech, "They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more."

Waiting for Godot (like any play), of course, is a visual work of art best experienced performed live on stage. However, if you are unable to see it like that, listening to this audiobook would be the next best thing, and a wonderful experience in itself.

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  • Gene
  • Agoura Hills, CA, USA
  • 2006-03-25

Godot is here

This is a very creditible performance of a must-listen play, with the humor and tragedy and what I can only call the surealistic realism of Beckett at his best.

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  • Julia
  • 2017-03-23

Great...but have the play in front of you

This reading is great for return readers, but first-timers may be confused by the omission of some of the stage direction. Helps to have the play in front of you.

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  • Michael
  • Newton, NJ, USA
  • 2008-05-09

The best. Period.

I know no other play to be better than this. I enjoyed reading it so much in high school, that I jumped at the occasion to take it with me wherever I go. This tragicomedy is a must for every person, everywhere!

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  • Josh
  • 2019-04-21

Perhaps I need a second listen

Theatre friends of mine have always raved about Godot and I finally got around to listening. Yes, there are humorous moments and it has the “Who’s on First” + “Groundhog Day” aspect to it, but by and large I found it less than thrilling. The actors are pros but with nicknames and similar voices it was a bit hard to follow.

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  • Joe Sokohl
  • Richmond, VA USA
  • 2018-07-10

My first time

It’s ridiculous that it’s taken me this long to go through Godot. Maybe I’ve been waiting for him, too, all these years.

I loved it. The comedy and pathos prove that Beckett deserves the acclaim. Too, its immutable timelessness provides succor at these bizarre times we live in.

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  • Dee and MK
  • 2017-11-26

Captivating performance

I bought this for the simple reason that I needed to read it for one of my classes. I find reading plays dull and unenjoyable, so I figured this would be a better option. Although I haven't finished it yet, I am extremely impressed by the narration. I feel like I am watching a play! Audible is my new favorite app.

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  • Meg
  • San Angelo, TX, USA
  • 2009-06-22

Maybe better as a viewed play

Maybe I am just a philistine but just to listen to this play; I haven't read it or watched it yet. But just to listen to this play didn't really spellbound me.
It was a little tedious to wait w/ the characters, well voiced as they were. This just didn't do it for me.

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  • Vikon
  • United States
  • 2019-09-13

Excellent (if elongated) reading

An excellent reading of the play....as long as you adjust the listening speed to 1.5. The actors pause too much and perform the dialogue too slowly.
There’s no story.
It helps to read the text while you listen because it is easy to get confused about which character is speaking.
The play has a lot of literary allusions that feel pretentious and irrelevant to the age of post literacy as opposed to the post WWII years.

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  • LJC
  • 2019-04-25

Noise!

I think this would be better to see performed rather than listened to. I found the noises that the performers made very distracting and annoying. I ended up returning the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-24

J'apprécie beaucoup cette pièce<br />

J'apprécie beaucoup cette pièce. Les lecteurs sont très convainquant. Le rythme est agréable et respecte le texte original. Livre audio intéressant pour améliorer son anglais !