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"Innovative, instructive and inspiring... lit crit to ensure A-satrs all round." (The Guardian)
"Superb! A totally brilliant way to revise." (Daily Express)
"Clear and lively...a stimulating study aid." (Sunday Times)
I wish this had been around when I was in college. It is absolutely riveting. If you liked Shakespeare before you will appreciate it even more. If you were intimidated by Shakespeare you will find a new friend. There is a natural ebb and flow from the recited lines of the play by the twenty plus actors (yes I counted them) back to the guide who walks you through by gently pointing out the meaning of obscure words or phrases and by providing the historical backdrop that is sorely needed to appreciate the play. You get into the characters' mindset and actually feel an emotional bonding with them whether love or hate. For the grand finale you get a summary of the plot and some review questions for a potential exam. This recording will be enjoyed by college students and the general public. You won't be disappointed!
I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
Great, bloody, dramatic.
What I liked best about this story was Shakespeare's craftsmanship as a storyteller and a dramatist. He was far ahead of his time. His plays are unsurpassed for their beauty, language, and tragedy. If a production of "Julius Caesar" comes to town, I can see it with confidence after having listened to SmartPass' dramatization and commentary.
I love the use of multiple actors to bring the story to life. An added treat are the women actors given that in Shakespeare's era women actors were banned from the stage and men played all of the women roles. It was great listening to real women and how Shakespeare accomplished writing in depth and complicated female characters even though he never saw a woman perform them.
The moment in the book that particularly moved me was the Roman Senate's assassination of Julius Caesar. I felt every knife blow and wanted to say "Et tu, Brute?" The assassination was vivid and violent. It stays with me.The perpetrators are right--people will reenact the assassination on stage for centuries.
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