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Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options) | [William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner, Jools Viner]

Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.
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Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary. If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation.

From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of three Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio, and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2009 SmartPass Ltd; (P)2009 SmartPass Ltd

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    Shaun Tolar, TX, United States 09-23-10
    Shaun Tolar, TX, United States 09-23-10
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    "Performance great; commentary lacking"

    This is the second "Shakespeare Appreciated" recording I have listened to. The first was "Julius Caesar". The performance was just as good but the commentary was almost non-existent. Pretty much "Hamlet enters..." or "Hamlet exits...” If you have no concern for the commentary you will enjoy this.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos 04-18-10
    Carlos 04-18-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Commentary Appreciated"

    This is an excellent narration of Hamlet. The performance keeps the story moving. The version with commentary gives great insight into the play. I enjoyed listening to both versions of the play. Great for students reading Hamlet for the first time as well as for those who have read it many times over. A must buy for your collection.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor Corner 05-11-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Shakespeare revealed!"

    While I have loved the poetry of Hamlet, it wasn't until I listened to this performance of the play - powerfully well done - with commentary that I was able to transcend 21st century culture and immerse myself in the depths of Hamlet. The program unveiled my brain to the beauty which had been previously obscure.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 04-09-13
    Amazon Customer Utah 04-09-13 Member Since 2009

    tired teacher

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    "What a great way to "read" Shakespeare"

    Let's admit it, Shakespeare is daunting! I have a goal to read all of the plays, and then perhaps the sonnets, etc., but sometimes I don't know where to start. When I found this audio book that includes a commentary, I snapped it up. I could listen to and enjoy the fabulous play, but when I got lost or just didn't understand something, the commentator was there to help. She helped me understand word usage of the time, symbolism, and other useful things that are jam-packed in this play and make it the classic that it is. For me it was perfect. You can listen without the commentary as well, for people who would rather not have those comments going on but want to hear some great readers performing this play. I will definitely pick up other titles in this series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-13-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-13-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Good Introduction, with Reservations"

    This could be helpful for an introductory student of Shakespeare and "Hamlet". There is some dramatization (carefully and rightfully described as being "speculative", as are all details of Shakespeare's life and literary motives) of Shakespeare's possible thinking when he wrote "Hamlet". Then there's a complete version of the play, done very well, but with extensive commentary. Anyone interested in getting to know Shakespeare but unfamiliar with the language of the time could find all this interruption helpful.
    My reservation is that it can also be somewhat confusing. I believe this might be better done (and perhaps has been done) in a video format. This is a noble effort, and I hope it might bring more people to an appreciation of "Hamlet".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 11-17-11
    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 11-17-11 Member Since 2008

    I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Audible helps me with my book addiction.

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    "Great way to listen to the play"

    Plays are a visual thing for us, even for those who went to "hear a play" back in Shakespeare's time - they at least looked at people occasionally to sort everyone out (if they were paying attention). Reading a play is easier as well compared to having to listen to an audio version.

    I was preparing to direct Hamlet and wanted to drown myself in the play as much as possibel so I got this to listen to while in the car. Wonderful attempt at performing the play tho as a fan of Shakespeare, the commentary did get in the way a bit. It's great for beginners and those who have issues with Shakespeare's language!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Croucher Sydney, NSW Australia 10-25-11
    Jonathan Croucher Sydney, NSW Australia 10-25-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Comprehensive and Engaging"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any students who may be studying Hamlet, both for the insight into how it is performed and the integrated commentary which fills in an enormous amount of background detail without slowing down the story too much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The most outstanding feature was the research and insight that went into the commentary. This is not a cheap cash in on a famous title.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is very dense and may give you a bit of indigestion if listened to quickly. That said, I was in a hurry and used the 2x speed on the iPhone and was still able to follow it well.


    Any additional comments?

    An important note: if you just want to listen to the dramatized reading of the play, just play Part 2. It doesn't have any commentary.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sou 07-09-14
    Sou 07-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this series"
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    Listen to the version with commentary, then the one without, for a fantastic experience, as you will then understand every utterance! This would have been time-consuming in print, but it goes by quickly with Audible. Thanks for a great series. The actors are very professional and do the master justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bethany sacramento, US, Canada 05-30-14
    bethany sacramento, US, Canada 05-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I cant stand the commentary."
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    I didn't even get through it. I found the commentary distracting and am going to get a different version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 03-14-14
    John 03-14-14
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    Would you listen to Hamlet again? Why?

    The cast of this production was great.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed listening to the narrator giving me additional information to make it easy to follow along.


    Any additional comments?

    I left Shakespeare in one of my boring high school English classes. What a fool I was back then not to use my English teacher to learn more about one of our greatest writers. This edition is the perfect way to re-introduce myself to Shakespeare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Suhas Ramakrishnan
    5/29/14
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    "Learn to appreciate and understand this classic!"
    What did you like most about Hamlet?

    Being from India, where English is a second language, I found new appreciation for this Shakespeare classic via the excellent commentary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hamlet is a complex character and it was difficult for me to earlier understand his psychology. I found new ways to understand and appreciate the grey, uneven texture of the human condition.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I was born and brought up in a traditional Hindu household in India where I was exposed more to dramatisation of the Hindu myths and legends. So, it was exciting to feel like a fly on the wall in a time when Europe was ruled by monarchy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene where Hamlet spurns Olivia to make her hate him was particularly moving. So is the emotional and philosophical charge of the grave digger's scene when they unearth a skull of an old courtier and Hamlet realises aloud the futility of vanity and desire for material things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bhavna
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    11/8/11
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    "This book is good one"

    this book is good one and worth reading it as it is one of the books which deals with all types of characters.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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