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Two Plays for Voices Audio CD – Unabridged, September 17, 2002

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the author of many highly acclaimed and award-winning books for children and adults, including the New York Times #1 bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book and the bestselling Coraline, Stardust, and Odd and the Frost Giants. He is also the author of the picture books Blueberry Girl and Instructions, illustrated by Charles Vess; The Wolves in the Walls, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and Crazy Hair, illustrated by Dave McKean; and The Dangerous Alphabet, illustrated by Gris Grimly. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition (September 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060012560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060012564
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jenny L. Latham on February 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Two Plays For Voices is part of the Seeing Ear Theatre Productions from the Sci-Fi Channel. More television stations should follow their lead. These two stories told in the form of radio plays are terrific! I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman and this format brings two incredible stories to life.
Murder Mysteries is expertly presented and the twist at the end is a surprise to say the least.
Snow Glass Apples is a shivery fairy tale which cuts to the core of good vs. evil and that some things aren't always what they seem.
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By A Customer on October 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
These two audio plays by Neil Gaiman were quite entertainning and full of intrigue. I did not know exactly what to expect when I purchased this set but I am glad I did. Both plays had excellent acting and sound design. Both stories caught my attention and i spent the better part of the evening glued to my headphones. I hope there will be future productions such as this. This book contains 2 CDs. Each story features a full cast dramatization. "Snow White Apples" leans to the horror/ dark fantasy genre; while "Murder Mysteries" is a supernaturel who done it of sorts. There is however a clever twist ending in the second play sort of a mystery within a mystery. I really enjoyed them both.
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I'm a fan...Neil's worst works still qualify as excellent in my mind, and these are some of his best. I read these stories when they were published 10 years ago in a small distribution book called Angels and Visitations. Then I saw them reprinted again in another book some years later.
The two plays in this package provided my wife and I the best entertainment we were going to get while being stuck in 8 hours of traffic. Finally I got my wife to pay attention to Neil's stuff (she refused to read Sandman)and she dug it.
If you like books on tape, this is better. If you like reading Neil's work, you'll like it even better this way.
Neil, if you're reading this...can we have some more of these?
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Two very disturbing stories from Neil Gaiman, this was a duet of short plays adapted for "Seeing Ear Theatre" and read by Bebe Neuwirth ("Snow Glass Apples") and Brian Dennehy ("Murder Mystery.")

"Snow Glass Apples" was a re-telling of Snow White with a ghastly vampiric twist, and from the voice of the Queen, who is anything but the Disnified villainess we've come to know and loathe. Snow White is herself a disturbing figure, and all in all, this was a very enjoyable re-telling of a classic, if a tad gruesome in its telling and conclusion.

"Murder Mystery" I found quite wonderful - it is a tale that includes the investigation of the first murder ever - an angel has been killed, and another angel is called to investigate. The B-plot story, however, just plain didn't make sense.

If I had to break them into two parts, "Snow Glass Apples" would get a '5' and "Murder Mystery" would get a '3.' Hence the '4.'

'Nathan
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I recommend this to adults who love drama. Great take on an old story.
A "seen from the others' point of view" sort of thing. I would really like
to see these two plays made into movies.
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These are great "radio plays" based on Neil Gaiman's short stories. Murder Mysteries has also been a graphic novel, and now a radio play. Terrific performances, though in truth I preferred the graphic novel.
The better of the two is Snow Glass Apples with Bebe Neuwirth. It is really chilling and horrific, especially considering that it is based on one of the most famous fairy tales (and Disney movie) of all time.
The plays are a step beyond the usual audio book, and you can't go wrong with a Neil Gaiman story. Now if only someone would adapt some of his Sandman tales...
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I approached this set of radioplays with a very, very high bar of expectation. I know Gaiman's work and I know that he is capable of top-quality fiction. I would rank him in the upper centile of writers today, and if the graphic novel becomes a mainstay in our culture, Gaiman will be known to later generations as a key forefather in a new era of American literature.

That said, I was immensely pleased with Murder Mysteries, which has all of the quiet, conceptual energy of Gaiman's classic work. There was also an echo of the Screwtape Letters, hitting on the hidden drama of the psychology of angels and demons. You won't be disappointed.

Glass Apples was less amazing and more entertaining. It is a fun turn on a classic story, told well, though not Gaiman's best work. Together, these are definitely worth your time.
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