I was disappointed with this despite the high-falutin' cast.
This is obviously a theatre (or at least a theatre production's) recording.
Though interesting to hear the play in a very old-skool traditional way, the
dynamics of the recording were meant for a large room (or onstage, natch). Unfortunately as an audiobook the levels were just jarring. Painfully so at times.
If you have set your volumis for comfortabley listening to, say, Prospero (wonderfully done by Michael Redgrave) you will be blown out of your skin with the abrupt banging, clattering, raging and yelling.
Not just the shipwreck either. That could be handled by turning it down for the 1st scene then back up for the rest pf the play.
Alas, Caliban is just too much; too loud, too one-noted. A shame because Caliban has some great speeches.
I couldn't fairly judge this or the otherr performances because of the harsh volume ups and downs were too annoying and distracting.
I wish that some "rough magic" would be performed on this recording in order to balance out the audio levels.
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