Spoon River Anthology
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: September 2002
Duration: 4 hours 24 minutes
Deemed "essential" in the canon of American literature, this audiobook masterpiece performed in its entirety by a full cast of fifty makes the classic accessible to everyone. From a cemetery in a fictional mid-American town, the dead speak the truths about their lives. Some speak of hardships and sordid affairs, while others speak of their simple, honest, happy lives. Some are elderly and others are youthful or children, but mortality has claimed them all. Their voices reach us deeply-alternately plaintive, anguished, enigmatic, angry, contemptuous, and comedic, evoking themes of love, hope, disappointment, despair, and abiding faith. As the Spoon River residents examine their lives, they invite us to do the same.
"The stories are well told and often harsh, as the dead of Spoon River carry their anger and grievances to their graves...The cast of fifty, headed by Patrick Fraley and Edward Asner, is well matched to the many characters in this excellent production."--AudioFile