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"Superb! A totally brilliant way to revise." (Daily Express)
"Clear and lively...a stimulating study aid." (Sunday Times)
I bought this to prepare for a summer class on Hamlet. It was very helpful. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to increase their understanding of the nuances of Shakespeare
I do not believe there could be a print version as the live acting is so essential to the teaching that is done. I suppose that I could read Hamlet, but listening to it performed is so much better. I have listened to a number of the SmartPass audio renditions of Shakespeare and have gone from being confused about the content, the action, the issues involved and even the language, to being able to watch Shakespeare and really enjoy it. The Pass Master (Mistress?) does such an excellent job of pulling in the understanding of the way things are moving forward, to tying in to the political commentary that is being made, to just really beginning to understand the motivations of the characters. Take the long path from the beginning and listen with all of the instruction and then just listen to the play at the end (no commentary on the replay except as necessary to set the scene). I love SmartPass.
It is Shakespeare's greatest story.
Very affecting, it has so much sadness in it. If people would just talk there could have been a lot less bloodshed, but isn't that the way it is?
World Champion Parallel Parker
These SmartPass dramatizations with a teaching commentator are excellent. There are several others and they are just as good.
Yes. I plan to. There is so much wonderful material here. It really opened the play up. I loved it and feel like it gave me an insight and familiarity with the play I have never had before ( and I did a theatre minor in University.) Loved it.
After hearing this, I wanted to try other books in the series. But I suspect this is the best one. They use a convention in the others that is a conversation between the guide and a rather dim student who asks questions. I greatly preferred this version in which the commentary on the text was without the forced additional dramatization of the dialogue between the guide and student.
My children needed this book for homework. They were dreading reading it. The minute they heard this version, complete with commentary and study aide, they no longer felt as though the story was boring or difficult to understand. When they have difficult books to read for homework, we now look specifically for these versions.
Devouring literature and having fun along the way. :] Well, for the most part.
The actual reading of the theatrical work is superb and engrossing. Hamlet and the rest of the character cast as marvelously voiced and acted with such an energy and clarity of voice that you can't help but imagine the scenes in a vivid detail.
The guide portion, cleverly and discreetly inserted behind every passage that benefits from clarification, does not detract from the performance itself. The guide actually adds quite a lot to the performance, as she rallies you and inflects her own (merited) feelings as the play continues.
Overall, this is a great read for a novice Hamleteer as well as a seasoned veteran of the work--if you become bored with the SmartPass clarifications, you can simply switch over to the uninterrupted reading which is downloaded as a second file. Excellent!
This audio book was one of the most helpful guides for Hamlet. I have to read this for my AP Literature class but it was too difficult to understand on my own so this was a wonderful guide. I really enjoyed the dramatised version of the play and the voice actors as well. The commentator gives really helpful notes and analysis which definitely gave more insight on the play. You should definitely grab a paper copy of the book and follow along. You won't regret it!
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