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C. Telfair

C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States Member Since 2006

Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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  • "Second best to seeing this performance"

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    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".

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    Macbeth (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
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    Star of stage, film, and television Alan Cumming delivers a virtuoso performance playing every role in the National Theatre of Scotland's bold presentation of Shakespeare's chilling tale of desire, ambition, and the supernatural. This radical reimagining of one of Shakespeare's most deeply psychological plays is set in a psychiatric unit in which Cumming is the lone patient. Channeling the story of Macbeth, he is inhabited in turn by each of the characters of the drama, including some of Shakespeare's most complex and troubled creations.

    Julie says: "Chilling, Moving, Genius"
  • "Next Best to the Theater!"

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    "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!

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    BBC Radio Shakespeare: Twelfth Night (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney, Josette Simon, Anne-Marie Duff, and others
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    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.

    C. Telfair says: "Next Best to the Theater!"
  • "Great Way to Experience Shakespeare"

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    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!

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    BBC Radio Shakespeare: Antony & Cleopatra (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Frances Barber, David Harewood, Full Cast
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    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.

    C. Telfair says: "Great Way to Experience Shakespeare"
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  • Macbeth (Dramatized)

    "Chilling, Moving, Genius"

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Alan Cumming is a wonderful chameleon with a huge range which goes beyond even the fey, compelling characters that he often plays on film and stage. Here, he makes the play totally accessible. He does sincere justice to the title couple.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Shakespeare again?

    Of course, but especially when it's done like this.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Cumming’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Leviathan and Behemoth, enjoyed them, and admired Cumming's skill, but he's working on an even higher level here.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. It definitely compels repeat listening because it is so good.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read, seen, and taught this play many times. I wasn't sure I needed this version. I did, and I would especially recommend it to anyone who is Shakespeare phobic, or who has to read the play for school. This actor clearly knows, loves, and understands the play. After listening to him, you will, too.

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I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.

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  • "Like listening to music"

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    I listen to this when I am going to sleep, or during naps. The rhythm and accent and reading is very soothing, like meditation.

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    Shakespeare's Sonnets

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
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    Savor the most celebrated love poems in the English language. Written almost 400 years ago, the sonnets of William Shakespeare are passionate and exalted, rich in imagery and alliteration, and full of mystery and intrigue.

    Michele says: "Like listening to music"

What's Trending in Shakespeare:

  • 4.3 (139 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
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    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 (125 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
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    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 (117 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
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    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 (84 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
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    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
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    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 (77 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
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    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"
  • 4.3 (72 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
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    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 (69 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
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    (69)
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    (63)
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    (65)

    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"
  • 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
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    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
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    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"
  • 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
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    (188)
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    (167)
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    (167)

    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"
  • 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
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    (24)
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    (22)
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    (21)

    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"
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Frank Duncan, Joan Hart

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Frank Duncan, and others
    Overall
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    Lovers lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and, yes, love. Sir Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Frank Duncan, and Joan Hart perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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  • Romeo and Juliet (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale, full cast

    Romeo and Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale, full cast
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (47)

    Here is the full-cast production of Shakespeare's classic love story, fully dramatized from the complete text, and starring Michael Sheen as Romeo and Kate Beckinsale as Juliet.

    Shelly M. Felton says: "Sound Quality is the only drawback"
  • 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
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    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"
  • 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
    (77)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    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"
  • 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
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    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"
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  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: As You Like It (Dramatized)  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, David Morrissey, Natasha Little, Full Cast

    BBC Radio Shakespeare: As You Like It (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Helena Bonham Carter, David Morrissey, Natasha Little, and others
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    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.

    Donald says: "Loved it!"
  • SPAudiobooks King Lear (Unabridged, Dramatised) (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Terrence Hardiman, Lucy Robinson

    SPAudiobooks King Lear (Unabridged, Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Terrence Hardiman, Lucy Robinson
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    Award-winning drama from SmartPass. The play is unabridged, with guided description to set the scene and fill in visual moments.

  • 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
    (105)
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    (93)
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    (91)

    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..."
  • 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
    (117)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    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"
  • 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!

  • King Lear: Arkangel Shakespeare (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare Narrated by Trevor Peacock, Clive Merrison, full cast

    King Lear: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Trevor Peacock, Clive Merrison, full cast
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    This shattering drama of isolation and loss is one of the greatest tragedies in world literature. King Lear of Britain has three daughters: the hard-hearted Goneril and Regan, and the good and gentle Cordelia. He determines to divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest share to she who can say she loves him the best. Lear's tragic lack of judgment and self-knowledge is paralleled by the blindness of the loyal Gloucester who is persuaded to reject his virtuous son, Edgar, in favor of the villainous Edmund.

  • Macbeth: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Hugh Ross, Harriet Walter

    Macbeth: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Hugh Ross, Harriet Walter
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    The brave warrior Macbeth allows himself to be persuaded by Lady Macbeth, his wife, to slay good King Duncan and seize the throne of Scotland for himself. Macbeth achieves his ambition, but one murder proves not to be enough as he desperately attempts to eliminate all who might threaten his ill-gotten power. Descending into paranoia, Macbeth achieves his ambition but ravages his soul.

  • Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Simon Russell Beale, Imogen Stubbs, Jane Lapotaire, Bob Peck, Norman Rodway

    Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Imogen Stubbs, Jane Lapotaire, and others
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    Distressed by his father's death and his mother's over-hasty remarriage, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is faced by a specter from beyond the grave bearing a grim message of murder and revenge. The young prince is driven to the edge of madness by his struggle to understand the situation he finds himself in and to do his duty. Many others, including Hamlet's beloved, the innocent Ophelia, are swept up in his tragedy.

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  • Julius Caesar: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Michael Feast, John Bowe, Adrian Lester

    Julius Caesar: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Michael Feast, John Bowe, Adrian Lester
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    At the heart of this tragic history is one of Shakespeare's most noble characters, the statesman Brutus, who is caught in a devastating conflict between private affection and public duty.

    Julius Caesar has become the most powerful man in the Rome. Does his power now threaten the very existence of the Republic itself? A conspiracy is hatched, one that will have fatal consequences not only for Caesar and the conspirators but for the future history of the ancient world.

  • Love's Labor's Lost: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Alex Jennings, Emma Fielding, Samantha Bond, Greg Wise, Alan Howard

    Love's Labor's Lost: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emma Fielding, Samantha Bond, and others
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    The young king of Navarre and three of his courtiers have vowed to lock themselves away for three years of study and fasting, and to forswear the company of women for this period. No sooner is their vow made than it is tested, however, as the princess of France and three of her ladies arrive in Navarre on a diplomatic mission. The young men fall instantly and hopelessly in love, and the tension between their vow and their passion forms the subject of this charming and sparkling early comedy.

  • King John: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Michael Feast, Michael Maloney, Eileen Atkins

    King John: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Michael Feast, Michael Maloney, Eileen Atkins
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    King John of England is pitted against the united powers of France, Brittany, Austria, and the Papacy. Will England be destroyed by his fatal indecision? As alliances are made, broken, and remade, the paranoid and erratic John reveals his weakness and reliance on those around him - including his powerful mother, Queen Elinor, and Faulconbridge, the cynical and witty bastard son of the dead King Richard I.

  • Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Sophie Thompson, Ben Porter, Jack Shepherd, Suzanne Bertish, Stephen Mangan, Ron Cook

    Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson, Ben Porter, Jack Shepherd, and others
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    Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo that Imogen is unchaste and agrees to a test of her faithfulness.

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  • Measure for Measure: The Arkangel Shakespeare  by William Shakespeare Narrated by Simon Russell Beale, Roger Allam, Stella Gonet

    Measure for Measure: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Roger Allam, Stella Gonet
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    Telling his followers he is leaving the city on affairs of state, the Duke of Vienna appoints the puritanical Angelo to govern in his absence. Will Angelo prove as virtuous as he seems once power is in his hands? Roaming the city disguised as a friar, the duke looks on as Angelo's lust for the virtuous Isabella sweeps him into the corruption he has so sternly condemned in others. The duke's manipulation at last produces a happy ending for this dark comedy, with its brilliant exploration of the themes of justice and mercy.