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Exuberance Is Beauty is a fiction podcast set in 1940s Oregon. Based on the book by the same name [by Donna Barrow-Green], this literary podcast is akin to a scripted audio book and retains the depth and breadth of the novel. The story follows a fallen woman and the man obsessed with her. Vacillating between desire and fear, the story unfolds in escalating suspense.

Amazon Reader writes:
"A Searing Tale - 5 Stars-This is a socially important and poignant tale of a war widow's seduction. She is impregnated and then abandoned by a clinically slick and selfish bastard, a married man without conscience. As the book moves on, I hoped he had done his worst, I hoped he would move on to other conquests. But he kept coming back."

Story:
Eve Miller, a young war widow, rebels against the ordinariness of womanhood in the post-war era. Eve is enlightened as she succumbs to the sensual temptation of an adulterous affair. In its aftermath, Eve Miller's life unravels and leads to unexpected violence and moral isolation. Exuberance Is Beauty, is a contemporary interpretation of Adam and Eve's biblical allegory and Eve's fall into desolation. The story examines the consequence of erotic obsession and the repentance the female protagonist must pay for her sins of the flesh. Exuberance Is Beauty has been described as "an intense psychological thriller," "hauntingly beautiful," and "terrifying."

Created by
Donna Barrow-Green

Starring:
Darlene Sorensen, Eve
Eric Schneiwind, Jeff
Shelley Bryant, Carmen/ Mary
Ross Laguzza, Harry / Frank

illuminusproductions.com

Outro Music Raf Green
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2gPagjf5oAnieCbalgmNTo

Exuberance Is Beauty Donna Barrow-Green

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Exuberance Is Beauty is a fiction podcast set in 1940s Oregon. Based on the book by the same name [by Donna Barrow-Green], this literary podcast is akin to a scripted audio book and retains the depth and breadth of the novel. The story follows a fallen woman and the man obsessed with her. Vacillating between desire and fear, the story unfolds in escalating suspense.

Amazon Reader writes:
"A Searing Tale - 5 Stars-This is a socially important and poignant tale of a war widow's seduction. She is impregnated and then abandoned by a clinically slick and selfish bastard, a married man without conscience. As the book moves on, I hoped he had done his worst, I hoped he would move on to other conquests. But he kept coming back."

Story:
Eve Miller, a young war widow, rebels against the ordinariness of womanhood in the post-war era. Eve is enlightened as she succumbs to the sensual temptation of an adulterous affair. In its aftermath, Eve Miller's life unravels and leads to unexpected violence and moral isolation. Exuberance Is Beauty, is a contemporary interpretation of Adam and Eve's biblical allegory and Eve's fall into desolation. The story examines the consequence of erotic obsession and the repentance the female protagonist must pay for her sins of the flesh. Exuberance Is Beauty has been described as "an intense psychological thriller," "hauntingly beautiful," and "terrifying."

Created by
Donna Barrow-Green

Starring:
Darlene Sorensen, Eve
Eric Schneiwind, Jeff
Shelley Bryant, Carmen/ Mary
Ross Laguzza, Harry / Frank

illuminusproductions.com

Outro Music Raf Green
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2gPagjf5oAnieCbalgmNTo

    Trailer Episode- Season2

    Trailer Episode- Season2

    We will begin dropping Season 2 Episodes in early June 2021. In the meantime, enjoy this bonus, extended-trailer episode. The tension and conflict between Jeff and Eve escalates in Season 2 and Eve's choices come with devastating consequences. But...that is the way things work in the 1940s society where women have to tread a very careful path in life.

    • 17 min
    Episode 9 - Season 1 Finale

    Episode 9 - Season 1 Finale

    Season 1 Finale
    We've reached the turning point in Eve Miler's life. In this Season One Finale, Eve's world begins to split: past and present, regret and hope, love and terror. How deep and damaging will his fissure become is yet unknown. Season Two will bring intense psychological drama and Eve will content with the limits imposed on women in post-war society. We will also learn how far man can go for power over a woman's life.
    Written by Donna Barrow Green
    Staring:
    Darlene Sorensen as Eve
    Eric Schneiwind as Jeff
    Shelley Bryant as Mary
    Ross Laguzza as Frank
    With appearances by:
    Robin Gray
    Wren Ingber
    (c) 2021 Illuminus Audio Productions
    https://www.illuminusproductions.com/

    • 26 min
    Episode 8

    Episode 8

    Exuberance Is Beauty is an audio book brought to life! The immersive pacing of a novel in a fully scripted audio-drama. Do you love fiction podcasts AND audio books? Looking for something to transport you deep into the psychology of compelling dramatic characters? Do you love the narrative structure of a longer piece of fiction?
    Exuberance Is Beauty is the story of a young woman named Eve who has fallen in love with the wrong man. The 1940s post-war society offers her few choices when she becomes pregnant. As she goes through her pregnancy in this first season, we see Eve in love, ambivalent, but beginning to change. Her lover, Jeff, also see that Eve is changing. Eve's growing independence brings out a terrible side of him. The 1940s view of women allows him the power to force her will or destroy her. In this complicated emotional game, Eve has an ally in Mary-a farmers wife- who has taken her in to have the baby. Together Mary and Eve believe they can secure Eve's choice to build a new life for herself and her child.
    In Season 1 Eve leaves her home in Portland, Oregon and moves to the country to live with an older couple on their farm. Through letters and telephone calls we are privy to Eve and Jeff's secret life, a world where art, passion, and spirit justifies indiscretion and dishonesty.
    Written by: Donna Barrow-Green
    Starring:
    Darlene Sorensen
    Eric Schneiwind
    Shelley Bryant
    Ross Laguzza
    Episode 8 Appearances:
    Robin Gray
    Wren Ingber
    Outro Music by Raf Green https://open.spotify.com/artist/2gPagjf5oAnieCbalgmNTo?si=StQCNcR8Tpyek5UOTr9nTg
    More about the show:
    https://www.illuminusproductions.com/

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 7

    Episode 7

    Eve's secret is becoming increasingly. more difficult to hide.
    Exuberance Is Beauty is a fiction podcast set in 1940s Oregon. Based on the book by the same name [by Donna Barrow-Green], the story follows a fallen woman and the man obsessed with her. Vacillating between desire and fear, the story unfolds in escalating suspense.
    Amazon Reader writes:
    "A Searing Tale - 5 Stars-This is a socially important and poignant tale of a war widow's seduction. She is impregnated and then abandoned by a clinically slick and selfish bastard, a married man without conscience. As the book moves on, I hoped he had done his worst, I hoped he would move on to other conquests. But he kept coming back."
    Story:
    Eve Miller, a young war widow, rebels against the ordinariness of womanhood in the post-war era. Eve is enlightened as she succumbs to the sensual temptation of an adulterous affair. In its aftermath, Eve Miller's life unravels and leads to unexpected violence and moral isolation. Exuberance Is Beauty, is a contemporary interpretation of Adam and Eve's biblical allegory and Eve's fall into desolation. The story examines the consequence of erotic obsession and the repentance the female protagonist must pay for her sins of the flesh. Exuberance Is Beauty has been described as "an intense psychological thriller," "hauntingly beautiful," and "terrifying."


    Created by
    Donna Barrow-Green


    Starring
    Darlene Sorensen, Eve
    Eric Schneiwind, Jeff
    Shelley Bryant, Carmen/ Mary
    Ross Laguzza, Harry/Frank
    Robin Gray
    Wren Ingber


    Outro Music Raf Green
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/2gPagjf5oAnieCbalgmNTo

    • 39 min
    Episode 6

    Episode 6

    In episode 6 Eve is becoming more comfortable on the farm with Frank and Mary. She begins to envision a new life for herself and Charlie. However, towards the end of the episode she realizes her new life is not as secure as she'd like to believe.
    Exuberance is Beauty is a new literary fiction podcast. Love and loss in 1940s Oregon. A love affair turns deadly when an obsessive man is forsaken.
    Oregon, 1940s: Eve Miller, a young war widow, rebels against the ordinariness of womanhood in the post-war era. Eve is enlightened as she succumbs to the sensual temptation of an adulterous affair. In its aftermath, Eve Miller's life unravels and leads to unexpected violence and moral isolation. Exuberance Is Beauty, is a contemporary interpretation of Adam and Eve's biblical allegory and Eve's fall into desolation.
    Exuberance is Beauty -- 5 beautiful stars.
    Donna Barrow-Green Creator, ProducerDarlene Sorenson as Eve MillerEric Schneiwind as Jeff LambertShelley Bryant, Carmen/ Mary / VariousRoss Laguzza, Harry / Frank / Various
    Outro Music "Flowers" by Raf Green https://www.amazon.com/Flowers-Raf-Green/dp/B07CRFBQFT

    • 33 min
    Episode 5

    Episode 5

    New fiction podcast. Love and loss in 1940s Oregon. A love affair turns deadly when an obsessive man is forsaken.
    Oregon, 1940s: Eve Miller, a young war widow, rebels against the ordinariness of womanhood in the post-war era. Eve is enlightened as she succumbs to the sensual temptation of an adulterous affair. In its aftermath, Eve Miller's life unravels and leads to unexpected violence and moral isolation. Exuberance Is Beauty, is a contemporary interpretation of Adam and Eve's biblical allegory and Eve's fall into desolation.
    Exuberance is Beauty -- 5 beautiful stars.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Mamabear Carly ,

Great Voice acting and captivating story line

Loving the historical Portland references and am impressed with the actors abilities to convey such deep emotions unseen.

soar-wind ,

Fantastic audio drama

I didn't expect to find an audiodrama like Exuberance Is Beauty. I wasn't sure what to expect when I read that it was an adaptation of a novel. I was worried it would be slow and boring. It wasn't. The pace is different than most fiction podcasts as those are typically science fiction or paranormal. This story is like walking into the world of literature--if you could somehow listen in on the lives of literary characters-if that makes sense. I love the acting (you can tell theses are talented professionals) and the developing relationship between Eve, Frank, and Mary. I also love the details of daily life in the 1940s (the old telephones, tractors, the quiet solitude of the days without smartphones and constant media). The sound effects make for such a rich immersive experience. I especially like the rural soundscapes as Mary and Eve walk through the orchards or the fields. I highly recommend this story and if you love the narrative of audio books/ novels and the multi-dimensional experience of podcasts you'll really like this show.

donnabarrowwriter ,

love this beautiful literary podcast!

i found exuberance is beauty after binging the diarist in two days. the same group produced both of these shows with many of the same voice actors. this show is different from the diarist and offers a literary take on fiction podcasting. i haven’t read the series of novels the show was based on but i understand the story turns dark and terrifying. i’m waiting for the new episodes to drop as i can’t wait to find out what happens. there is so much talent on this show from professional actors, excellent writing, and a realistic soundscape. i truly love this show.

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