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  • Romeo and Juliet: The Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a tragic world in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. This play, set in an extraordinary world, has become the quintessential story of young love. This new full-cast recording - based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare's classic - expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Dramatization!

  • By Karen Mitchell Smith on 04-26-16

A good place to START! Especially for Americans who are new to Shakespeare.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

A fine, solid performance, if you don’t mind American accents. No offense intended! I speak as an American. I doubt I will ever experience the full measure of Romeo and Juliet’s pleasure when performed by anything other than British voices, but for someone not so readily put off by our Colonists’ way with the language—to my ear, unrefined, almost uncouth, or simply inappropriate, for Shakespeare—this could be A GOOD CHOICE.

For many, Shakespeare is an acquired taste, and the process of acquiring it can seem daunting. Sadly, many give up too soon, incapable of fathoming that the reward for their perseverance will, in the end, far outweigh the cost.

For most Americans, the world and words of Shakespeare are so old as to be utterly new. Initial exposures to the great bard can leave a person with the strange sensation of listening to a foreign language, even as the characters speak the listener’s native tongue.

In this production, which is authentic enough to be true to the tale and to the unrivaled talents of its author, American listeners can focus on decoding unfamiliar words and wordplays, without the added challenge of deciphering unfamiliar accents.

But this must be considered a mere REHEARSAL! It is JUST THE FIRST STEP, a prelude to the far fuller joy of listening to a performance by a cast of Brits.

There are several worthy options available through Audible. I’m sorry I can’t direct you to one or two off the top of my head. You’ll have no trouble—indeed, will probably enjoy—seeking them out. If I stop to look for them now, I’m afraid I’ll get sidetracked and never get back to posting this review. Happy hunting!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,228

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-17

A gem of a crime story, artfully told with liberal use of the amusing, endearing jargon of the criminal element in Victorian London, written in the form of brief chapters in a manner that engages the reader/listener, not least because the author manages to build and sustain suspense, even while providing strong hints and outright facts about what's to come.

The central figure leads a cast of characters worthy of a Dickens novel, and it's hard to imagine the superb performance of the reader being any better or more suitable for the historical setting and subject matter of the story.

An enthusiastic 5 STARS!

42 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • The War on Cops

  • How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
  • By: Heather Mac Donald
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

The War on Cops exposes the truth about officer use of force and explodes the conceit of "mass incarceration". A rigorous analysis of data shows that crime, not race, drives police actions and prison rates. The growth of proactive policing in the 1990s, along with lengthened sentences for violent crime, saved thousands of minority lives. In fact, Mac Donald argues, no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that "black lives matter" than today's data-driven, accountable police department.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!!

  • By stevenk1155 on 04-24-17

LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Using pertinent data and sound argumentation, Heather MacDonald has delivered an urgent, reality-based message on a topic that is often presented in misleading, manipulative ways. It deserves a broad hearing, and the author's recommendations should be carefully and seriously considered... by journalists, politicians, and citizens who want to be well informed before deciding how to act (and vote!) responsibly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful