for colored girls who have considered suicide - when the rainbow is enuf

  • by Ntozake Shange
  • Narrated by Thandie Newton
  • 1 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the 20th century.
First published in 1975 when it was praised by The New Yorker for "encompassing...every feeling and experience a woman has ever had," for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.


What the Critics Say

"These poems and prose selections with the author's special voice: by turns bitter, funny, ironic, and savage; fiercely honest and personal." ( New York Post)
"Thandie Newton’s narration works well with the introduction. Her voice echoes the weight and emphasis of Shange’s words…Newton creates distinct voices for each part." ( AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Loved It

The book was well written, and Thandie Newton did an excellent job as the narrator. The way she changes her voice to suit each persona was brilliant.
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- Lisa

a well performed piece

when I read that the book was only read by one person I worried the fact it is multiple women would get lost yet it shows the talent of ms newton to give each reader her own voice til I could almost picture each woman as they spoke
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios