Published by LA Theatre Works on June 1, 2012
Genres: Social Issues
Source: Owned Audible Book
George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Martin Sheen lead an all-star cast in a powerful portrait of an American civil rights struggle, written by Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) and directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men). In November 2008, California's Proposition 8 stripped the freedom to marry away from gay and lesbian couples. Now, two of the nation's most renowned attorneys, under the auspices of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, have joined forces to challenge Proposition 8 under the United States Constitution. "8" faithfully recreates the progression of the historic 2010 federal trial through original court transcripts and interviews conducted with the plaintiffs, as their stories are brought to life before a live audience.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I stumbled across 8 in the Audible library during one of those late night searches I’m prone to do when I’m in a certain mood. I was looking at narrators, and because I love his voice so much, I looked up Brad Pitt (his voice in Meet Joe Black is like honey, warm and weighted). 8 popped up and immediately appealed to me.
It takes 3 and a half weeks of testimony from the Prop 8 case and offers it up to the audience with love, humor and compassion. The cast alone is worth the listen, but I also enjoyed all the extra features at the end, including commentary from the two lawyers that took on Prop 8- Ted Olson and David Boies. Olson and Boies had once squared off in the Bush/Gore challenge, but the two men came together to challenge a ruling they both felt was against the Constitution and basic human rights. Marriage equality does not have to be a political party platform, and the strives made in just the last few years have been a long time coming and I think generations being born right now will grow up in a world where, for them, they could always marry whomever they choose- no matter race or sexual identity.
Unbelievable audio cast!!! Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Kevin Bacon, Vanessa Garcia, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bridger Zadina, Jensen Panettiere, Matt Bomer, Matthew Morrison, Yeardley Smith, Rory O’Malley, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (<3), James Pickens, Jr, Chris Colfer, John C. Reilly (!), George Takei, Cleve Jones, Jane Lynch, Campbell Brown!