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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I think that reading Shakespeare's plays does not do them justice - they aren't meant to be read, they are meant to be performed, and seen performed. However, you also miss a lot if you aren't already familiar with the context and the Shakespearean language, because of course ol' Will packs a lot into every single line.
So, this is the famous play about the conspirators who assassinated Julius Caesar, fearing his ambition to become king. Among the famous lines to which we owe this play: "Et tu, Brutus?" "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!" "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once." And "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves."
Mark Antony's speech is probably the highlight of the play. Having just been informed of Caesar's death, and with the assassins having convinced the Roman public that they'd saved Rome from a tyrant, Mark Antony gives his famous speech which is a masterpiece of mob manipulation, turning them against the conspirators and in favor of the slain Caesar.
The conflicts are patriotism versus friendship, loyalty versus ideals, and the taint of self-interest always present in one's motives. As a tragedy, this is one of those Shakespearean plays where almost everyone ends up falling on a sword one way or the other.
Brutus is clearly the protagonist, but I think Mark Antony wins it.
Performances were clear and dramatic in this production. Not quite as good as seeing the play, but all the action is clear enough with minimal sound effects.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
Truly wonderful rendition of one of the Bard's most famous works. I was drawn in like a underling and remembered some of best professor's lectures at the same time!
I've dabbled in Shakespeare ever since school, but whilst finding the plays dramatically and thematically interesting, the language is often somewhat inaccessible. Hence the dabbling.
I have also always been very interested in the history of ancient Rome. I've read Julius Caesar's "Conquest of Gaul", visited the ruins of ancient Rome, watched the old BBC adaptation of "I, Claudius" (which is beyond my words to describe how fabulous it is). Read books on Cicero and countless documentaries.
So these two elements combined were fantastic for me.
This audiobook was on sale and although short (but unabridged) is BOGO well spent.
Incredibly good performance by the audio actors. A few sound effects here and there to give a little color and to punctuate certain events that we cannot see, but not so many as to distract from the dialogue.
Just perfect. Brings this play to life and makes it very accessible, at least to me.
I enjoyed it so much I'm looking to see what other options are available in the same series.
One of the Top 40 overall and in the Top 3 for dramatizations.
Low hanging fruit is Brutus for this question, but his followers were equally intriguing. Marc Antony terribly complex as well.
Amazing production, they and the rest if the cast really out a lot of effort in and it paid off.
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.
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").
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