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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Arkangel Shakespeare | [William Shakespeare]

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Arkangel Shakespeare

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Gil of the Amazon Phoenix, Az USA 02-14-15
    Gil of the Amazon Phoenix, Az USA 02-14-15 Member Since 2013

    I am an avid reader, I love a good book more than almost anything.

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    "Shakespeare is rolling in his grave."
    Would you try another book from William Shakespeare and/or the narrators?

    I love Shakespeare, but these are the worst narrator I have EVER heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was a play by William Shakespeare.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The completely faux Jamaican accents of Oberon and his queen completely ruined the tale. They were almost offensive.


    Was A Midsummer Night's Dream worth the listening time?

    I cannot recommended this audio book. Offensive is putting it mildly.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    56 of 62 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-04-15
    David 03-04-15 Member Since 2012

    Indiscriminate Reader

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    "A great performance of a Shakespeare favorite"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Mooney Halifax, MA USA 03-19-15
    Patrick Mooney Halifax, MA USA 03-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Torturous at times"

    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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tabata USA 02-15-15
    Tabata USA 02-15-15
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    "Amazing"

    Who can review any master piece by the only William Shakespeare. He is gifted whom never can be replaced. The best of the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. J. Zannini Boston, MA USA 07-29-15
    P. J. Zannini Boston, MA USA 07-29-15 Member Since 2013

    Truthteller

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    "Bill Sure Knows How To Use Them Words!"

    The play - amazing as always.

    The performances - on point. (though I saw a review that nuked the Jamaican accents, I thought they were perfectly fine).

    The stage sound and Echo ... A bit of improvement could be used.

    Quite enjoyable.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-18-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-18-15 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "GET THE GONE, YOU DWARF"

    MY EYE, YOUR EYE
    For a person like me who has problems visioning the printed word in my head, reading Shakespeare first, maybe trice and then listening makes a big difference. The language is so beautiful and comes out clearly in this recording, yet at times I was lost in the story. I am not sure I ever figured out the conclusion of what happened to the couples who were in love and then out of love, thinks to the incompetent fairies. This is a short story or stories and would be a good place for the novice to start. First, you should have one of the many copies of the complete works of Shakespeare, read the story, get to know it and then listen. I am going to go back and reread this story which I have not read in years. I did understand most of it and even laughed out loud a few times. The lyrical words themselves makes this worth listening to.

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    Michael 07-04-15
    Michael 07-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Compeltely Nonsensical, Epilepsy for my Ears."
    What would have made A Midsummer Night's Dream better?

    Removal of the echo, revamping the background sounds, completely detracts from the whole experience


    Has A Midsummer Night's Dream turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I would be hesitant in purchasing dramatized Shakespeare again, or similar such.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    it was lost in the editing. the niggling laughing, the background noise is epilepsy for my ears.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are considering buying this book, give it a skip, a really, really big skip

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy Madden Glendale, CA USA 06-04-15
    Kristy Madden Glendale, CA USA 06-04-15 Member Since 2015

    junebugtyme

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    "Well-Acted"

    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.

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    J. Michaud 05-08-15
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    "Background noises"

    I quite enjoyed the performance but the background noises were smoothing and loud at times.

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