This is one of the best audio I've listened to. The option to hear the audio with or without the commentary is brilliant. The commentary is perfect, almost section at a time commentary layered over the performance, which is outstanding. In fact, I like this so much that I wrote to the company and begged them to produce more Shakespeare SmartPass audios! I've since purchased all the Shakespeare SmartPass audiobook just based on the strength of this one. Highly recommended
It's Shakespeare! Full disclosure: I am a Shakespeare fanatic so I love this story.
Narrator was excellent. Full of passion and genuinely "gets" what Shakespeare is up to in this play.
Hamlet is no comedy! The acting is tremendously good.
Dear Audible: PLEASE contact the maker of this series and ask them to produce one for every shakespeare play possible! These are that good!
I highly recommend this audiobook. It's intelligent, well organized, relatively easy to follow, although some passages are very complex and require serious concentration or following along with the actual book. This audiobook is written by Majid Fakhry who is an internationally recognized scholar in Islamic philosophy. Highly recommended.
First of all, this translation is based on Rolfe Humphries, in case you wish to read along or follow the audio with the book. It is very readable and clear.
Griffin is a great narrator; he makes it very easy to follow, especially if you do not have a copy of the book with you.
There's nothing to report that has not been stated by previous reviewers. This is a great production of a very important classic.
There is a reason why Machiavelli and other modern political philosophers love Xenophon; he is the most modern of the ancients: Xenophon examines the nature of politics and war from the perspective of a man of action rather than from a Platonic idealistic view. That is not to say that the book lacks a philosophical perspective -- it is deeply philosophic -- just not idealistic. Rather than arguing for abstract theories of morality, Xenophon shows you war from the perspectives of those involved in it. He also examines the motives for war, retreat, peace, and the nature of loyality, justice, and the role of the Gods in war. He can be read for pure pleasure, and read for insights into politics and the nature of man, conflict, war, peace, and the nature of the philosopher's relationship to politics.
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