Kevin O'Brien

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  • Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Imogen Stubbs, Jane Lapotaire, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

Distressed by his father's death and his mother's over-hasty remarriage, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is faced by a specter from beyond the grave bearing a grim message of murder and revenge. The young prince is driven to the edge of madness by his struggle to understand the situation he finds himself in and to do his duty. Many others, including Hamlet's beloved, the innocent Ophelia, are swept up in his tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Presentation

  • By L. Jay on 11-22-16

Fantastic Performance

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Reviewed: 03-30-15

Would you listen to Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare again? Why?

This was an excellent performance by a solid British cast of one of Shakespeare's best plays. Even the bit players on this recording are good. The scene between Hamlet and his mother is one of the most effective I've ever seen or heard.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The actors all have a great sense not only of drama but of the rhetorical shape of the verse. Aside from Hamlet, Horatio stands out as does Claudius, who is played like a staid and corrupt bishop.

Any additional comments?

All in all, an excellent audio experience.

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