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SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options) Audiobook

SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options)

The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Universally accepted as Shakespeare's finest play, we peel back the layers of Hamlet to discover how and why it deserves such a place of honour in world literature.
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The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Universally accepted as Shakespeare's finest play, we peel back the layers of Hamlet to discover how and why it deserves such a place of honour in world literature.

©2009 SmartPass Ltd; (P)2009 SmartPass Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Innovative, instructive and inspiring... lit crit to ensure A-satrs all round." (The Guardian)
"Superb! A totally brilliant way to revise." (Daily Express)
"Clear and lively...a stimulating study aid." (Sunday Times)

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    Mary Tulsa, OK, United States 06-08-15
    Mary Tulsa, OK, United States 06-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Very educational"

    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

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    Denise F. Hughes Oceanside, Ca United States 11-09-13
    Denise F. Hughes Oceanside, Ca United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Rendering of Hamlet"
    Would you consider the audio edition of SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options) to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is Shakespeare's greatest story.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Hamlet


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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?


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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 04-26-13
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2015

    World Champion Parallel Parker

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    "Great way to appreciate Shakespeare"

    These SmartPass dramatizations with a teaching commentator are excellent. There are several others and they are just as good.

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    AJC Portland, Oregon 03-04-13
    AJC Portland, Oregon 03-04-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Fantastic Insight and information on the text."
    Would you listen to SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options) again? Why?

    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.


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    Arnoldo Chicago, IL, United States 02-12-13
    Arnoldo Chicago, IL, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic!"

    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.

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    Trueth United States 09-23-12
    Trueth United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Devouring literature and having fun along the way. :] Well, for the most part.

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    "Superb Performance (Not to mention Guide)!"

    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!

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    Lillian POMONA, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-09-12
    Lillian POMONA, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-09-12
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    "WOW! Super helpful and fun to listen to!"

    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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    P K Rotterdam, Netherlands 09-13-11
    P K Rotterdam, Netherlands 09-13-11
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    "Full of interesting information"

    I agree very much with the previous reviewers. Quite enlightening. I'm going to buy Macbeth next.

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