This was an excellent production of King Lear. The download includes two files, one with commentary throughout and a second file that is the play without commentary, allowing the listener to decide how much explanation is desired. I listened with the commentator and she does a great job of setting the scene before the play begins, provides a good overview of Shakespeare and his time period, and then provides a expert "translation" of the text. This series would be especially helpful to those studying Shakespeare in school. I listened to this in conjunction with Bill Bryson's book Shakespeare.
The book is a long listen and requires a bit of a commitment, but it is well worth the length. It is more like a volume of several stories and plots that are joined together to make a novel. I honestly loved every minute of the book and found excuses to drive or do mindless tasks so I could listen to the book. The ending is fantastic as well. The book was perfect for the Halloween season, filled with the right balance of magic and ordinary. The narrator also did a good job of conveying the story using different voices when appropriate.
The narrator did a fantastic job of conveying character differences with her voice. The accent was wonderful. The story as a whole is largely character development, so some may find it slow to start. If you stick with it, the novel wraps up nicely in the end.
This book was delicious! The narrators' voices were perfect for the story and both did an excellent job conveying the emotion and pace of the story. The book as a whole was gripping and hard to put down. I even did more laundry than I had to so I could continue listening to the story. I would especially recommend this book if you enjoy British Literature, such as Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice.
This was a book club selection, and no matter how much I tried to listen, I couldn't. I just didn't care what happened in it. The main character came across as whiny and pretentious and an overall snot. I just didn't care about her "troubles" and couldn't get beyond the first two hours. Life is too short and there are much better books.
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