Shakespeare's most imaginative and merry play is set in an enchanted wood amidst fairies and sprites.
When Oberon, King of the Fairies, uses his magic upon four runaway lovers in a midsummer wood outside Athens, chaos ensues. Who really loves whom? Meanwhile, a band of well-meaning but bungling local actors have their rehearsal sabotaged by the mischievous Puck, who bewitches their leader, Bottom, and Titania, the Fairy Queen. The result is a lively and anarchic comedy which can only be resolved by an elaborate disentangling of spells.
Hermia is played by Amanda Root, Oberon by David Harewood, and Bottom by Roy Hudd.
Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
I am an avid reader, I love a good book more than almost anything.
I love Shakespeare, but these are the worst narrator I have EVER heard.
That it was a play by William Shakespeare.
The completely faux Jamaican accents of Oberon and his queen completely ruined the tale. They were almost offensive.
I cannot recommended this audio book. Offensive is putting it mildly.
In all the years that I have been a member of Audible, this is the very first time I can say a book was simply awful. Save your money save your time.
A Midsummer's Night Dream has more physical comedy than most of Shakespeare's plays, and you're missing out if you don't see Oberon and Titania and the rest of the fairy court, so I wasn't sure how enjoyable this purely audio presentation would be. But it's a delight. Oberon and Titania are otherworldly, and sound effects make it clear what's going on to make up for the lack of visual cues.
This is a comedy about two pairs of youths, one in love and the other couple both in unrequited love. Their flight into the fairy woods, a well-intentioned fairy king (and a not so well-intentioned Puck), a troop of actors, and a quarreling fairy royal couple, all collide in a funny, magical fantasy that gets untangled with a happy ending, unlike Shakespeare's other famous play about star-crossed lovers.
Definitely a great way to experience this play, although still better on stage.
I found this performance torturous at times and I'm sure everyone thought that heavy Jamaican accents were a great idea for the fairy characters but I found it very distracting and at times hard to follow. It's a very complicated story. The thing that tortured me the most was the animal sound which I assumed was supposed to be from a pig or boar character or it might have been a mule... There was no variation, just the same sound over and over. Eventually, I just wanted it to be over...
I think that most Shakespeare fans will enjoy this presentation. The acting is great. I especially like the novel idea of having the fairies use exotic Jamaican accents. That and the strange bird calls made the fairy world ultra mysterious.
I have many versions of Dream but I always come back to this one.
Puck is particularly excellent here . C
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