Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Oh, I was looking forward to this. I'm a great Shakespeare fan, and I had read a great deal about this unique solo performance. Thought I'd take a chance that something of the brilliance of this particular stage event would come through in the listening.
And, largely, it did! There just seems to be nothing that Alan Cumming cannot do! Of course, there's a bit of confusion here in not being able to watch his face and manner as he makes all the transformations, but, if you're pretty familiar with "Macbeth", it's worth the effort to imagine what it must have been like to see Cumming do it live. My greatest frustration in the listen was in fact this regret that I couldn't attend in person. Hope there will be a DVD, but I have no regrets in buying the Audible version of Cumming's "Macbeth".
"Twelfth Night" is one of the most delightful of Shakespeare's plays, and enough cannot be said about BBC Radio Shakespeare's performance!
Listening to any play has its disadvantages. In this production especially, there is a lot of mistaken identity and quick dialogue interchange that can cause confusion when the listener is unable to see these excellent actors. It's best, then, to follow a written copy of the play as one listens.
So, by all means listen. Even when they can't be viewed, the actors add so much to any experience of this wonderful language. There's music in this one as well.
The BBC radio productions of Shakespeare are quite a bargain on Audible. Dust off your "Collected Works", settle down to read and listen, and enjoy!
Oh, these wonderful voices! I've listened to and reviewed a number of the BBC radio Shakespeare performances. This is another compelling one. "Antony & Cleopatra" has never been my favorite of the tragedies, but it has some of Shakespeare's most beautiful language. And, in this version, it's easy to see why Antony and Cleopatra are still viewed as one of the most interesting couples in history. Great passion, political intrigue, betrayal, death -- this play has it all.
Most of us cannot regularly experience Shakespeare's plays with the very best of English acting -- hooray for the BBC and Audible for making them available!
Let's admit it, Shakespeare is daunting! I have a goal to read all of the plays, and then perhaps the sonnets, etc., but sometimes I don't know where to start. When I found this audio book that includes a commentary, I snapped it up. I could listen to and enjoy the fabulous play, but when I got lost or just didn't understand something, the commentator was there to help. She helped me understand word usage of the time, symbolism, and other useful things that are jam-packed in this play and make it the classic that it is. For me it was perfect. You can listen without the commentary as well, for people who would rather not have those comments going on but want to hear some great readers performing this play. I will definitely pick up other titles in this series.