To pause or not to pause isn't even a question with this production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The award-winning actor Frank Muller takes on the task of performing one of the most compelling and influential plays in English literature, and in this unique production, Muller reads the complete text, stage directions and all. This peculiar style gives listeners a rare chance to hear the author's intent right next to the drama of the tragic hero Hamlet, as he attempts to avenge his father. There are few plays that have achieved the fame of Hamlet, and this production does well to continue its rich legacy.
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This version of Hamlet has a couple things going for it: brief scene descriptions before each act (if you're interested in that sort of thing) and explanations of arcane vocabulary.
The main flaw with this version is the voice actor, Frank Muller, who reads all the parts and all the scene directions. He is, to put it bluntly, a ham, and never misses a chance to send his voice into a sobbing falsetto as he chokes out a dramatic soliloquy. The audible.com blurb describes him as a "talented actor", but it seems he learned his craft from Master Thespian. He should have listened to Hamlet:
"O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who (for the most part) are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows and noise. I would have such a fellow whipp'd for o'erdoing Termagant. It out-herods Herod. Pray you avoid it."
I wouldn't have him whipped, but I might look elsewhere for a version of Hamlet.
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