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Review: Disgraced

November 26, 2013

Disgraced

Amir is a Muslim American of South Asian origin.  He’s lived in the US so long his speech is unaccented.  He’s married to Emily, a Christian American.  Emily is an artist who is fascinated with Muslim art and uses it for inspiration in her own work.  In an effort to fit in, Amir has distanced himself from his religion and doesn’t understand Emily’s fascination with it.  In the meantime, his nephew is making an effort to get back to his religious roots.

When Emily’s work is featured in an art show, she invites the art dealer and his wife to their apartment for dinner.  The art dealer is Jewish and, when the conversation turns to religion, things get heated and secrets are revealed.

Disgraced, by Ayad Akhtar, is the first play I’ve read in ages and now I’m wondering why.  This play won the Pulitzer Prize for good reason.  It is mesmerizing and thought provoking and simply outstanding!  Akhtar writes about subjects that are usually taboo – religion, politics, and sex – and while it is uncomfortable at times, it is always fascinating.  This play has stayed in my mind for a long time.

I listened to the audio production of Disgraced and I cannot rave enough about how good it is.  Read by a cast including Aasif Mandvi, January LaVoy, and Kevin T. Collins, it was like experiencing the play without the visuals.  The stage directions are read but the rest of the play is performed and it is not to be missed!  After I listened to this, I understood why people enjoyed listening to radio shows years ago.  This audio is exceptional and should be experienced by everyone – it’s perfect for experienced and beginning audio listeners.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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26 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2013 6:24 am

    This sounds lovely. I am not usually into reading plays, but I love the concept of this one. Thanks for the review.

  2. November 26, 2013 6:44 am

    As one who grew up in the days of radio (pre television) it was indeed a pleasure to hear dramas well done on radio. Good actors can bring a play to life with their voices. Sound effects help also.

  3. November 26, 2013 7:10 am

    High praise for this audio Kathy. It’s a new title for me. Thanks for the review. I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving as well.

  4. November 26, 2013 8:41 am

    This sounds great. I hadn’t thought about listening to a play on audio before!

  5. sandynawrot permalink
    November 26, 2013 9:03 am

    I honestly didn’t know they had such a thing! It sounds really interesting!

  6. November 26, 2013 9:16 am

    This sounds interesting. I usually get distracted listening to audio books, but a play might be different. Thanks for your review.

  7. Beth Hoffman permalink
    November 26, 2013 9:40 am

    I haven’t listened to a play in years! This is definitely going on my list.

  8. November 26, 2013 9:45 am

    Great review! This audiobook is a highlight of the year for me.

  9. November 26, 2013 9:55 am

    I have never read plays until now.. Wonder why! I think this sounds really interesting and I would love to listen to this soon! It’s a really interesting concept.

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    November 26, 2013 11:48 am

    Sounds fascinating.

  11. November 26, 2013 12:17 pm

    I don’t know that I’ve ever listened to a play so I may have to start. I love when audios are that great.

  12. November 26, 2013 12:47 pm

    Kathy, this audiobook of a play sounds completely wonderful. Terrific review! I’ll certainly keep Disgraced in mind. It sounds like the audio version is a great way to hear the story.

  13. November 26, 2013 1:34 pm

    Disgraced sounds really good! Like you, I usually enjoy reading plays, but I rarely do so. The last play I read was Fences by August Wilson, but I often recommend plays as an alternative to novels for my students who are intimidated by a long book. Plays keep the reader in the action. Thanks for an interesting review. I also rarely do audio books, but this sounds like a good one to try.

  14. November 26, 2013 2:02 pm

    Nice review. For a good source of plays produced for audio, check out L.A. Theatre Works. They have over 300 titles available on Audible.

  15. November 26, 2013 3:15 pm

    this is new to me. Sounds powerful

  16. Patty permalink
    November 26, 2013 5:36 pm

    Sounds quite interesting!

  17. November 26, 2013 7:29 pm

    Disgraced sounds fantastic. I like that it is narrated by a cast of people.

  18. November 26, 2013 7:57 pm

    You’ve reminded me of how my family gathered to listen to favorite radio programs. Our imaginations and sound effects provided the setting, etc. Lovely memories.

  19. November 26, 2013 8:48 pm

    It’s been too long since I read or listened to a play, too… this one sounds excellent!

  20. November 27, 2013 7:35 am

    It’s been ages since I read a play- this sounds great. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  21. Beth F permalink
    November 27, 2013 8:38 am

    Wow! I don’t know why I rarely remember to listen to or read a play. I’ll put this one on my list.

  22. November 27, 2013 5:57 pm

    Sounds different (in a good way!) than anything I have listened to before!

  23. November 27, 2013 9:15 pm

    Coming from an inter race inter denominational background, this kind of thing interests me immensely!

  24. November 28, 2013 7:59 am

    Since this is a play, I think audio is the way to go with this one. There must be great dialogue, although the premise alone sounds so good, I can imagine how great it must be acted out.

  25. bookingmama permalink
    December 2, 2013 6:55 pm

    You have me so excited about this. And I agree that listening to this one is the way to go.

  26. December 22, 2013 10:21 pm

    Interesting – I will add it to the listening list 🙂

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