The Guys

  • by Anne Nelson
  • Narrated by Swoosie Kurtz, Bill Irwin
  • 1 hrs and 23 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

First performed in a hit Off-Off-Broadway production, and soon to be a film starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia.Paralyzed by grief and unable to put his thoughts into words, Nick, a fire captain, seeks out the help of a writer to compose eulogies for the colleagues and friends he lost in the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. As Joan, an editor by trade, draws Nick out about "the guys," powerful profiles emerge, revealing vivid personalities and the substance and meaning that lie beneath the surface of seemingly unremarkable people. As the individual talents and enthusiasms of the people within the firehouse community are realized, we come to understand the uniqueness and value of what each person has to contribute. And Nick and Joan, two people who under normal circumstances never would have met, jump the well-defined tracks of their own lives and so learn about themselves, about life, and about the healing power of human connection through talking about the guys.
The Guys is also available in print from Random House.


What the Critics Say

Audie Award Winner, Audio Drama, 2003
"A credible and powerful voice to a very specific kind of pain that we crave to understand these days." (The New York Times)
"A stark and simple, potent and poignant play, brimming with edgy humanity." (New York Post)
"The Guys will likely forever be the primary theatrical artifact of the immediate post-September 11th moment." (Variety)


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Customer Reviews

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A wonderful telling of a tragic story. We all know the details or so we think until the men came alive in the narrative. Well performed and emotional.
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- Granny June

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-08-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio