Waiting for Godot

  • by Samuel Beckett
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett, David Burke, Terence Rigby, Nigel Anthony
  • 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"This audio version of one of the 20th century's most significant plays is fascinating... the performances are powerful and full of conviction, and the conclusion, in the author's own words, that 'nothing happens,' is - as ever - not the whole story." (Sunday TimesAudio Book of the Week)

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In a word, Brilliant

If you could sum up Waiting for Godot in three words, what would they be?

sorrowful, hopeful, amusing


Who was your favorite character and why?

It's a tough choice, but I have to go with Vladimir. Sean Barrett's performance was exceptional, and of all the characters in the play I found Vladimir to be the most complex and interesting. He's both capable of fits of near rage and moments of gentle tenderness towards others. I felt he was also the one who understood his situation most, hense his despair at the end of the play. That never fails to break my heart.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

I love the back and forth chatter between Vladimir and estragon, but my absolute favourite scene is the one where they stage an argument with each other and then stage a makeup. Estragon's line 'Crritic!' and Vladimir's hurt reaction to it is my favourite in the entire play and the way the scene is delivered here is, in my mind, exactly how it should be.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It needs to be. It's a play, so it's not meant to be divided up into several sittings.


Any additional comments?

This is by far the best edition of Waiting for Godot I have heard, and adapting it for a purely audio setting must not have been easy. It's even better than the 2001 film.The actors stick almost exclusively to Beckett's original text, with a few small changes made to offset the fact that you can't see what the characters are doing. The only scene where I had any complaint was during Lucky's speech. There are stage directions that go with it, to show how the characters react, but obviously this wasn't doable, and it does detract a little. This play was so beautifully done and each actor played their part flawlessly. I wish I had been able to hear it when I was studying this for drama in highschool. I would have gained a much greater understanding of Beckett's work.

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- Gryfynn

Above average performance

Occasionally the main two actors hit the wrong notes but this version was well-produced and would serve as a fine introduction to the text.
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- Mark Turgid

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2006
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks