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About the Creator

Alfred Uhry is distinguished as the first American playwright to have won a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award and two Tony Awards. A 1958 graduate of Brown University, he began his professional career as a lyric writer under contract to the late Frank Loesser. He made his Broadway debut in 1968 with Here's Where I Belong, which ran for one night. He had better luck with The Robber Bridgeroom in 1976, which won him his first Tony nomination and will be revived at the Roundabout Theatre in New York early next year. He followed that with five rec-created musicals at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. His first play was Driving Miss Daisy, which began life at the 74 seat upstairs theater at Playwrights Horizons in 1987 and went on to run for three years and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. The film version, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, won the Academy Award as best film of 1989 and gained Uhry his own Oscar for best screenplay. His next two Broadway outings won him Tony Awards— The Last Night of Ballyhoo, best play of 1997. And PARADE, best book of a musical in 1999. Two more plays, Without Walls and Edgardo Mine have been performed at major regional theaters in the last few years. His book for the musical Lovemusik, directed by Harold Prince, won him a Drama Desk nomination in 2007. Angel Reapers an award winning theater/dance work about the Shakers, which he created with Martha Clarke, was presented at the Signature Theatre in New York in 2016. He is presently at work on two musical theater pieces.

About the Performer

Jones voice is known by people of all ages and walks of life, from Star Wars fans who know him as the voice of Darth Vader to children who know him as Mufasa from Disney’s The Lion King. Born in Mississippi and raised in Michigan, James Earl Jones moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Michigan and serving in the military. Renowned Broadway producer, Joseph Papp gave Jones one of his first major breakthroughs, casting him as Michael Williams in Shakespeare’s Henry V, eventually counting the title roles of Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear among his many distinguished performances for the company. Based on his success in the theater, he began to be cast in small television playing a doctor in both The Guiding Light and As the World Turns, and he made his film debut in 1964 in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. In 1969, Jones won a Tony Award for his breakthrough role as boxer Jack Johnson in the Broadway hit, The Great White Hope (which also garnered him an Oscar nomination for the 1970 film adaptation). He won a second Tony Award in 1987 for August Wilson's Fences.
In addition to the many awards he has received as an actor--two Tonys, three Emmys, a Golden Globe, two Cable ACEs, two OBIEs, five Drama Desks, and a Grammy—Jones has been honored with the National Medal of Arts in 1992 and the John F. Kennedy Center Honor in December 2002. He also was honored by the Screen Actors Guild with the Lifetime Achievement Award in January of 2009. In the spring of 2005, James Earl Jones starred on Broadway a critically acclaimed revival of On Golden Pond for which he was nominated for a Tony Award and in spring of 2008 portrayed Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway followed by a second run of Cat on Hot Tin Roof on stage in London. In 2011, Mr. Jones starred in the Broadway and London productions of Driving Miss Daisy with Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines and in 2012, starred in the Broadway production of The Best Man, for which he received a Tony nomination. In 2013 Mr. Jones enjoyed a six-month tour of Driving Miss Daisy in Australia starring Angela Lansbury and Boyd Gaines. He also starred in You Can’t Take It With You and The Gin Game—both on Broadway as well. In November 2011, The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Mr. Jones with an Honorary Oscar in recognition of his long and distinguished career.

About the Performer

Angela Lansbury has enjoyed a stage, screen and television career spanning nearly eighty years. She has appeared in nearly 70 films starting with Gaslight at the age seventeen. Other films include The Portrait of Dorian Gray, National Velvet, The Harvey Girls, Frank Capra's State of the Union, Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, The Court Jester, The Long Hot Summer, The Manchurian Candidate, The World of Henry Orient, and Death on the Nile. She was the voice of Mrs. Potts in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Nanny McPhee, in 2018, both Mary Poppins Returns and The Grinch That Stole Christmas. She made her Broadway debut in 1957 with Bert Lahr in Hotel Paradiso. In 1960, she returned to Broadway in A Taste of Honey.
Her first musical was Anyone Can Whistle in 1964, and in 1966 she triumphed as Mame winning her first Tony. She won Tonys for Dear World (1968), Gypsy (1974) and Sweeney Todd (1979). After a 23-year hiatus, she returned to Broadway in 2007 in Terrence McNally’s Deuce, and in 2009 she won her fifth Tony as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. She also appeared as Madame Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2010) and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012). In 2013, she toured Australia in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, with James Earl Jones. In March 2014 she again played Madame Arcati at London’s Gielgud Theatre winning an Olivier Award. Previous London appearances included the RSC production of *All Overb; Gypsy at the Piccadilly Theatre; and Hamlet co-starring Albert Finney at the National Theatre. From 1984-1996, she starred as Jessica Fletcher in the hit series Murder, She Wrote. She is recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. She is the winner of 5 Tony Awards, an Olivier and 6 Golden Globes, and was nominated for 18 Emmys and 3 Oscars. She is recipient of an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Motion Pictures, the Silver Mask for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and in April 2014, she was named a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Just as good as the Broadway play!

All of the narrators did a wonderful job working on this project together. Hearing the legends James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury reprise their roles for this was the perfect choice. Heck, doing the project overall was the right thing to do. With so many people stuck at home -- most of them bored and need entertainment -- listening to audiobooks has become a "thing" over the years, but especially during this time, its popularity seems to be rising in 2020. This audiobook was fascinating to listen to and very easy to envision. Everyone did splendid, including Boyd, no matter how old they get. I'll keep listening to this over and over again. (I have yet to see the movie)

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Wonderful story!

I love this production of Miss Daisy. They did a wonderful job! I highly recommend it

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Wonderful listening to amazing actors

I've always loved this script. I believe this is a slightly edited version of it but it was still a very enjoyable listen both actors are superb. Its a great script. You couldn't ask for anything better.

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Touching Story of Friendship

The author and narrators do an excellent job of weaving a story of friendship between two unlikely people. It crosses many years and racial and religious divides. Very well done as an audio book.

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Superb!

Absolutely lovely. Tear jerker in some spots — which makes it that much better. Legendary performers. I’m so glad to have this recording forever. :)

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AWESOME!

Excellent performances, it had me laughing and tearing up a bit. I could have listened to it all day. I wish it was longer though. I simply adore Mr. James Earl Jones...always have. Miss Angela Landsbury did a stellar performance, as did Mr. Boyd Gaines. The whole thing was absolutely SPLENDID!!!

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Loved it. Uplifting. real. Human. History. Friends

I will listen to this story again and again when my spirit needs uplifting. Small acts of kindness last beyond our lifetime.

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Driving miss daisy

I really love this story it was great but it seemed a little to short

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Just as if you're riding along

Hearing this book makes me smile. Love this movie! Feels like you're IN THE STORY as it's happening (the whole point of a good book).

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I could see my Grandmother and her helper.

This book had me smiling and laughing as it felt so close to what my grandmother would say and do.

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  • Dan Sands
  • 08-21-21

Driving Miss Daisy

Wonderful play brought to life by some excellent actors - big fan of both Angela Lansbury and Jamed Earl Jones here. The background music also added to the atmosphere.

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  • 09-05-21

Beautifully performed

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this performance by two wonderful actors. I could visualise every scene.

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  • Eddie-Rue
  • 11-17-20

Absolute Perfection

What a delight. This 1988 Pulitzer Prize winning drama had been revived for the stage a few years back and now through Audible we can bear witness to the magical performances of Ms Angela Lansbury and Mr James Earl Jones again. Two theatrical and cinematic legends in their own right come together in a beautiful piece of work written by Alfred Uhry.

I am so happy to have this record of such a momentous occasion in theatre history. Ms Lansbury and Mr Jones' performances are outstanding and a true testament to their illustrious careers, You can practically feel the energy coming from this recording of their dynamic relationship as Daisy and Hoke; not to mention a wonderfully grounded and dimensional performance from Mr Boyd Gaines. Truly, a joy to listen to!

Thank you to the producers and to Audible for making this possible. Brava!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-22

Awesome, but short

I really loved the performances of all actors, and I knew the storu, which is charming to say the least, but this is way to short.
I could listen to this for a week, but it lasts only a little more than an hour.

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  • Kelly A
  • 06-29-22

Loved it

Probably one of the best I’ve listened to in a long time. Amazing actors and the chemistry between them is amazing.

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  • Denise field
  • 06-01-22

driving miss daisy

absolutely outstanding one line spoken by Angela Lansbury though, had me in floods of tears
the voice acting (by two very well known greats) as you can imagine was impeccable 👌 👍 👏 x

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  • tyto14
  • 05-01-22

Great performances

I love this story and film. the audiobook captures most of the important events without creating gaps in the story. it's only 1hr long so easy to listen to when cooking rtc. the actors portray their characters well and are authentic. I was really pleased to discover this story as an audiobook. recommended 5*

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  • S Wood
  • 04-26-22

Memorable play with a beautiful performance

Loved it. The most touching part was when she taught him how to read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-17-22

Great short story

Interesting dynamic between the fiercely independent ageing Jewish rich widow and black chauffeur. I like how Hoke brings her round and they develop a lifelong friendship. Great short listen.

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  • Gail
  • 04-16-22

Warms your heart

Just a lovely little story, nicely performed. Thought provoking too. I cried at the end.

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  • Jared Cockayne
  • 06-01-21

Two legendary actors performing together

Lansbury and Earl Jones, who could ask for more than that. Such a great play