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M. W. Roberts

M. W. Roberts East Coast Listener Since 2009
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  • "Goats and Monkeys!"

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    According to an article I read on the live performance of this play in London, some critics gave Ejiofor positive reviews while McGregor and Reilly did not fare as well. Whip me such foolish critics! Others there are who recognize McGregor's rendition of Honest Iago as nearly flawless; who can see that he pulls off the relentlessly ruminative diabolical genius with precision. And such a one do I profess myself. I've listened to many audible dramatizations of Shakespeare, and this one is probably the best.

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    Othello (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, Kelly Reilly
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    (32)
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    (20)
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    Shakespeare's Othello is one of his finest and most famous tragedies. This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success - each performance was a sell-out.

    M. W. Roberts says: "Goats and Monkeys!"
  • "The best of the audible Hamlets"

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    My chief criterion in evaluating a dramatized performance of Shakespeare is that none of the lines are left out, save a few words here and there. Secondly, I also appreciate accurate sound effects, and a subtle "soundtrack," and a good overall recording quality. By all of these measurements this Naxos production of Hamlet scores well. The main problem is that, in a couple of scenes, Hamlet himself starts speaking way too fast for one to take in the lines. One might argue that this play is soooo long that, since this company has - quite justifiably - decided to remain loyal to Shakespeare's script, it only makes sense that they would have to hurry it up a bit. A few reviewers have failed to take the validity of this argument into account. The BBC Shakespeare productions are invariably bad about leaving out large chunks of important dialog. Any geek like you or me who listens to audible dramatizations of Shakespeare will insist on every verse being spoken.

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    Hamlet

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser, full cast
    Overall
    (137)
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    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Hamlet, which dates from 1600-1601, is the first in Shakespeare's great series of four tragedies. In writing this extraordinary play, Shakespeare effectively re-invented tragedy after an interval of roughly 2,000 years - you would have to go back to the Greek dramatists of fifth century Athens to find anything of comparable depth and maturity. This production features the voice of Anton Lesser as Hamlet along with a full cast.

    Kirby says: "Excellent Copy"
  • "Bravo!"

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    Fantastic, subtle sound effects, well cast, superbly acted, and, unlike the BBC version, it does not omit any lines - thus, we have a terrific audible rendition of Shakespeare's play.

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    The Merchant of Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Antony Sher
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    (28)
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    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, agrees to lend Antonio, a Venetian merchant, three thousand ducats so that his friend Bassanio can afford to court his love, Portia. However, Shylock has one condition: Should the loan go unpaid, he will be entitled to a pound of Antonio's own flesh. Meanwhile in Belmont, according to the terms of her father's will, Portia's many suitors must choose correctly from three caskets. Bassanio arrives at Portia's estate and they declare their love for one another before he picks the correct casket.

    Tad Davis says: "Great production, difficult play"
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  • How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

    "understanding the Bard"

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    Any additional comments?

    as this was a non-fiction lecture series - the helpful review questions don't really apply.

    The lectures were short enough to listen to in one sitting without being overwhelming. Each built on the previous, but could stand alone should you be more interested in one play/type of play than the others.

    I found the lectures to be useful in understanding how the plays are structured - and what elements I should pay attention to in order to understand the story line. Often there are multiple stories within the play - being able to sort them out for comparison/contrasting helps grasp the overall theme.

    I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more or better appreciate Shakespeare.

Jeremy R. Snyder

Jeremy R. Snyder Erie, PA USA 02-18-14 Member Since 2014

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  • "A stellar performance by a stunning..."

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    If you enjoy Shakespeare's comedies you should not miss out on this edition of The Tempest. Sir Ian McKellen as Prospero is everything you might hope for and more, which is no surprise from an actor of his caliber. The remainder of the cast excels similarly and the recording is produced seamlessly. This audio performance is a real treat.

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    The Tempest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban.

    Corey says: "Great Story, audio needs a little tweaking"

What's Trending in Shakespeare:

  • 4.3 (146 ratings)
    Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options) (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner, Jools Viner Narrated by Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton

    Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner, and others
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.

    Shaun says: "Performance great; commentary lacking"
  • 4.4 (129 ratings)
    BBC Radio Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Dramatized)  by William Shakespeare Narrated by David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Full Cast

    BBC Radio Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Full Cast
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    David says: "Excellent"
  • 4.7 (118 ratings)
    SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options) (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare, Simon Potter Narrated by Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton

    SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (85)

    The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Universally accepted as Shakespeare's finest play, we peel back the layers of Hamlet to discover how and why it deserves such a place of honour in world literature.

    Jane says: "Great introduction to Hamlet"
  • 4.4 (86 ratings)
    King Richard III (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, Geraldine McEwan, Nicholas Farrell, Stella Gonet, Michael Maloney

    King Richard III

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh, Geraldine McEwan, Nicholas Farrell, and others
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Written in 1593, King Richard III is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. This play differs from its predecessors, being amore structured piece, examining the development and motivations of a single character, Richard Duke of Gloucester, who will stop at nothing to gain control of the throne occupied by his brother Edward IV.

    Donald says: "Another NAXOS masterpiece!"
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  • 4.6 (82 ratings)
    SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Macbeth (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options) (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare, Simon Potter Narrated by Full-Cast featuring Joan Walker, Nick Murchie, Coralyn Sheldon

    SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Macbeth (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
    • Narrated By Full-Cast featuring Joan Walker, Nick Murchie, Coralyn Sheldon
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Combined for great value! The multi-award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. Full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play.

    "And nothing is, but what is not." Macbeth may be mystified by the Weird Sisters' words but this intense performance with incisive commentary cuts to the heart of Shakespeare's complex psychological tragedy.

    Philip says: "Shakespeare made easy to understand!"
  • 4.3 (80 ratings)
    Macbeth  by William Shakespeare Narrated by James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, JD Cullum, Dan Donohue, Jeannie Elias, Chuma Gault

    Macbeth

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, and others
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

    Monika says: "Enjoyable all-cast performance"
  • 4.4 (75 ratings)
    Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music  by William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes Narrated by Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench

    Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
    • Narrated By Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of life's seven ages, from childhood to old age. Within the framework of Shakespeare's speech, "The Seven Ages of Man," performed by Sir Ian McKellen, are 150 great poems from all ages, from Chaucer to Emily Dickinson to Walt Whitman and many others. The poem are presented by the finest cast ever assembled on one recording and includes Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Caine, and more.

    ESK says: "The Anthology of 'Music-Makers'"
  • 4.3 (71 ratings)
    The Tempest (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, Ben Owukwe

    The Tempest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban.

    Corey says: "Great Story, audio needs a little tweaking"
  • Julius Caesar (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett

    Julius Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    David says: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars"
  • Romeo and Juliet  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Calista Flockhart, Matthew Wolf, Julie White, Alan Mandell, Richard Chamberlain, Nicholas Hormann, Josh Stamberg

    Romeo and Juliet

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, Matthew Wolf, Julie White, and others
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Calista Flockhart as Juliet.

    William says: "Dramatized drama at its best..."
  • William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Peter Saccio

    William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter Saccio
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Shakespeare's plays - whether a comedy like A Midsummer Night's Dream, a history like Henry IV, or a tragedy like Hamlet - are treasure troves of insight into our very humanity. These 36 lectures introduce you to Shakespeare's major plays from each of these three genres and explain the achievement that makes him the leading playwright in Western civilization.

    Mikkel says: "Connections across genres"
  • How to Read and Understand Shakespeare  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Marc C. Conner

    How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Marc C. Conner
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Shakespeare's works are among the greatest of humanity's cultural expressions and, as such, demand to be experienced and understood. But, simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture - those of Elizabethan England - are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and double meanings, can be hard to penetrate.

    MR says: "understanding the Bard"
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  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Simon Helberg, Glenne Headly, Hector Elizondo, Stacy Keach, David Krumholtz, Tara Barr, Jamie Bamber

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Simon Helberg, Glenne Headly, Hector Elizondo, and others
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Shakespeare combined his love of theater with Greek mythology and the supernatural to create what is arguably his most playfully imaginative work. From love potions to bizarre transformations to the unforgettable play-within-a-play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a non-stop delight, and remains one of the milestones of the Bard’s canon. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance.

  • Macbeth  by William Shakespeare Narrated by James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, JD Cullum, Dan Donohue, Jeannie Elias, Chuma Gault

    Macbeth

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, and others
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

    Monika says: "Enjoyable all-cast performance"
  • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Julius Caesar (Dramatised, Commentary Options) (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, David Cottis Narrated by Joan Walker, Gregory Cox, Colin Campbell

    SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Julius Caesar (Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, David Cottis
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Gregory Cox, Colin Campbell
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide, with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Soak up the atmosphere of ancient Rome. Decide for yourself whether Caesar's power and ambition was a threat to the Republic, and whether assassination can ever be justified.

    Richard says: "Three Cheers for Julius Caesar and SmartPass"
  • Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition  by William Shakespeare Narrated by full cast

    Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Hamlet, Shakespeare's most popular, and perhaps most puzzling play, follows the form of a "revenge tragedy", in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties. This new full-cast recording - based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare's classic - expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

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  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by B. J. Harrison

    Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    The dead do not sleep in Denmark. Thrice the vision of the suddenly departed king has haunted the night watchmen. Upon seeing his own son, prince Hamlet, the ghost calls him away to divulge most nefarious secret. This most noble king was murdered by his own brother, Hamlet's uncle, who now wears his crown and beds his bride. To the prince he charges with the unholy quest to avenge his death and kill his murderer. Young Hamlet, shocked and amazed, swears to do the bloody deed. Thus begins one of the greatest works by the greatest English author - William Shakespeare.

    Casandra says: "Well Done"
  • The Tempest (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, Ben Owukwe

    The Tempest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban.

    Corey says: "Great Story, audio needs a little tweaking"
  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Dramatized)  by William Shakespeare Narrated by David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Full Cast

    BBC Radio Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Full Cast
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    David says: "Excellent"
  • King Richard III (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, Geraldine McEwan, Nicholas Farrell, Stella Gonet, Michael Maloney

    King Richard III

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh, Geraldine McEwan, Nicholas Farrell, and others
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Written in 1593, King Richard III is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. This play differs from its predecessors, being amore structured piece, examining the development and motivations of a single character, Richard Duke of Gloucester, who will stop at nothing to gain control of the throne occupied by his brother Edward IV.

    Donald says: "Another NAXOS masterpiece!"
  • Henry VIII (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Grover Gardner

    Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (0)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Henry VIII folis a plot by the scheming Cardinal Wolsey and rejects his 20-year marriage with the tragic Katherine of Aragon. All the while he is keeping his wandering eye on the beautiful Anne Boleyn.

  • Romeo and Juliet: The Fully Dramatized Audio Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by full cast

    Romeo and Juliet: The Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a tragic world in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. This play, set in an extraordinary world, has become the quintessential story of young love. This new full-cast recording - based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare's classic - expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

  • Othello: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition  by William Shakespeare Narrated by full cast

    Othello: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    In Othello, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most audiences believe the couple’s strong love would overcome these differences were it not for Iago, who sets out to destroy Othello.

  • Macbeth: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition  by William Shakespeare Narrated by full cast

    Macbeth: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, is among the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language. Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king in order to succeed to the throne. Tortured by his conscience and fearful of discovery, he becomes fatally enmeshed in a web of treachery and deceit.

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  • Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition  by William Shakespeare Narrated by full cast

    Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    Hamlet, Shakespeare's most popular, and perhaps most puzzling play, follows the form of a "revenge tragedy", in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties. This new full-cast recording - based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare's classic - expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition  by William Shakespeare Narrated by full cast

    A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
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    In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love in unexpected ways. In the woods outside Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves into couples - but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another. The king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, battle over custody of an orphan boy. Oberon uses magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named Bottom, in an effort to distract Titania from the custody battle.

  • The Great American Bathroom Book, Shakespeare: Summaries of Shakespeare's Best-Known Works (






ABRIDGED) by Stevens W. Anderson Narrated by Compact Classics

    The Great American Bathroom Book, Shakespeare: Summaries of Shakespeare's Best-Known Works

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stevens W. Anderson
    • Narrated By Compact Classics
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    Ignoring the opportunity to own a comprehensive guide to one of the world's most creative literary minds would be an Elizabethan tragedy of modern proportions. Elevating your intellect to become a Shakespeare connoisseur has never been easier or this much fun with The Great American Bathroom Book Shakespeare edition!