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  • Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Shapiro
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    For nearly two centuries, the authorship of William Shakespeare's plays has been challenged by writers and artists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Mark Twain, Henry James, Helen Keller, Orson Welles, Malcolm X, and Sir Derek Jacobi. How could a young man from rural Warwickshire, lacking a university education, write some of the greatest works in the English language?

    Geoffrey says: "Somewhat Surprised and very pleased"
    "More than just Shakespeare"
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    Where does Contested Will rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a terrific book, only about a third of which directly addresses who authored those works ascribed to William Shakespeare. The rest explores our beliefs regarding authorship in general; how what we say about authors -- and history, for that matter -- often tells more about us than it does about our subject. I so enjoyed this audiobook, I bought the iBook (ePub) version as a reference, and gave it as a Christmas gift to four friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Contested Will?

    Discovering Sigmund Freud annoyed his friends by his consuming interest in the Shakespeare authoring problem.


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A nice English accent appropriate to the book's author and subject.


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