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  • The Tempest

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Sir Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stellar performance by a stunning cast

  • By Jeremy R. Snyder on 02-18-14

Beautifully performed

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Among Shakespeare’s best plays, at least top 5 in my view, and here with a masterful performance by McKellen as Prospero. An excellent selection.

  • Coriolanus

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Richard Burton, Jessica Tandy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

A classic performance of one of the Bard's classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Fificat on 04-01-18

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

A fantastic performance by Burton (and Tandy) of an incredibly underrated Shakespeare play. Very highly recommended.

  • King Lear

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Ron Altman, Phil Benson, Marty Kris, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Shakespeare's King Lear ranks with Sophocles' Oedipus as a tragic hero destroyed by his own good intentions. From the moment when Lear unfolds his darker purpose, we are drawn into an ineluctable chain of events that leads through betrayal, deceit, destructive family conflict, reconciliation, despair, and death. Considered by many to be the most grueling of Shakespeare's tragedies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful performance - except Lear

  • By Fificat on 01-05-17

Wonderful performance - except Lear

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

The play of course is marvelous, and the cast was quite good - especially the actress who played Regan - but Ron Altman as Lear was disappointing. His delivery of Lear's lines bordered at times on annoying.... he lacked a certain inhabitance of King Lear, did not hit the right notes, in my view.

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