Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.
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music nut, history buff
I have read this before, but this performance of the play was excellent. Very strong acting from the cast. Easy to understand, and a stirring drama that may have you changing sympathies more than once.
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I got this, but whatever it was, this performance exceeded them.
At first it was difficult to switch in "olde English" as I listened to the unique cadence that is Shakespeare, but I soon settled in. The sounds effects, voice acting, and over all performance are quite good.
As with many "performances", however, I sometimes had difficulty discerning between characters for a few seconds, as to my old ears the actors sometimes sounded the same.
So, reacquaint yourself with a classic in a new format. I think you'll enjoy the experience.
Yes. For someone just dabbling in Shakespeare, the cast reading helps lend understanding to the tongue.
Yes but only if they think they might be interested in trying a little Shakespeare.
Passionate, clear, believable.
Most interesting - Killing Caesar. The least - the story that followed
It was okay but the differentiation between the characters was weak.
No. He's dead.
I just read this book to remember what I read in school and it was cheap and I needed to kill some time before I get my next credit. It was an okay read.
I've never had the opportunity to see a stage production of Julius Caesar, but I'm glad I listened to one rather than read the play -- there's so much more in the context of a production that brings a situation to life. This story of political allegiances and personal friendships is a classic one played out not just on the battlefields of the past but in the homes, schools, and workplaces of today, though on a much less fatal scale.....and that's what makes this play a true classic. Add to that is the benefit some of the rather poetic language that has also become a classic ("Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war", "The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones", The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves").
Being one that is not overly familiar with the arts and the great plays of ancient history, I found this book about Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, to be captivating, informing an interesting throughout.
Now I can see why it’s one of the great plays throughout history, and continues to have a tremendous following both on the stage, in books and movies.
This book delivers a very consistent flow of information throughout that keeps the audience interested, and helps develop a feeling of being right there.
This book ranks in the top 50% of my current audiobook library. Even though it's one of the classics of all time, I never got around to hearing/reading it until now.
For some reason, I immediately recall the startling scene where the poet Cinna is murdered by the mob after being mistakened for one of the conspirators, Lucius Cinna. You have to feel for the poor fellow.
Mark Antony's speech following the death of Caesar to the citizens was quite memorable. The words used were powerful and moving.
I listened to this book in two sittings and would recommend doing it in one.
While I was initially wondering how the English language used by Shakespeare might cause me some mild confusion, I was surprisingly pleased and excited to hear the use of English at that time in history. It encouraged me to listen carefully because it truly painted remarkable scenes. The only knock I have on this particular recording is some of the dialogue is rushed at times.Otherwise, it's a great performance.
learning that several utterances we say unto today are from this story.
the death of Brutus.
No, over several days on my drive to and form work.
Yes, I will listen again and again. The multiple voices carried this story along to its end in a most interesting and entertaining manner. I enjoyed hearing all the many phrases, so used down the centuries that almost all of us are well familiar with them.
I did listen to it in one sitting.
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