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Three short episodes linked by room 719 in the New York Plaza Hotel. In the first there is Sam Nash, a man longing for his energetic youth and Karen a wife, who wants partnership, respect, and love as they grow older together. In the second Jesse Kiplinger, the archetypal Hollywood mogul is longing for an authentic experience, but finding image-obsessed Muriel, who is happier with fantasy. Finally, in the funniest of the 3 plays, there is Roy Hubley, the father listing the staggering cost of the wedding that could crumble around him and the mother Norma, in constant and immediate fear of disaster but somehow enduring with more strength than she would admit.
Would you listen to Plaza Suite (Dramatization) again? Why?
Maybe, it's worth it but know the story so well having seen the movie.
What did you like best about this story?
The comedy actually comes off better in this audio than in the movie version. You can sense Neil Simon better.
Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but this has an all star cast. You recognize each voice.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I did. It's not long at all. Like watching a movie.
Any additional comments?
Really enjoyed it.
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You know a play and its performers have done their job to perfection when they get you talking back to the characters while you're listening to the audiobook on the drive home. That's precisely what this audiobook had me doing, not because I found it rip-roaringly funny or even totally enjoyable to listen to, but absolutely engaging and engrossing in its clever and full portrayal of people and their quirks.
In these three short plays, set within a single suite of the Plaza hotel, you encounter people in a variety of circumstances and points in their lives. From a couple on their anniversary to a Hollywood mogel getting in touch with his past to the mother and father of the bride (and the bride), these plays look at life, love, hope and dreams, reality and ideals. Brilliant writing is coupled with talented and well-used voice talent, which makes this an audiobook well worth listening to.
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