I won't lie: I bought this particular version of Hamlet because of the price, but it turns out to be a very excellent performance. There is no tacky transition music and the actor who performs the title role is good enough that I'm trying to find more of his work, and the rest of the cast performs brilliantly as well. Great stuff.
This production is amateurish and very difficult to get into. The sound quality is dreadful, and the acting is stilted. For me, the poor production presented an insuperable barrier to the underlying content.
I've always wanted to read Tacitus but a shortage of free time never seemed to permit it; now, while I'm at work, I get to listen to the most epigrammatic prose in world literature and, what's more, performed by Charlton Griffin, whose lofty narration I find thoroughly mesmerizing. If you're into the grand style, you should like these performances of Tacitus.
If you know the work of Philip Roth you're probably aware of the cringe-inducing sex scenes and the female characters that aren't fully realized. Nontheless, this is a serious and profound book, and I think I will still remember it ten years from now, and want to listen to it again.
I didn't like this performance very much. Scenes are punctuated with terrible synthesizer music and the actors, while polished, aren't very engaged.
On the other hand, it is Shakespeare. That alone makes this worth listening to while at work or on a commute. But you'd be better off trying your luck on a different, hopefully livelier, version of this play; Audible offers several others.
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