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Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare Performance

Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare

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Publisher's Summary

This strange, dark romance includes two songs composed by Shakespeare that are amongst the most beautiful in the English language.

Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo that Imogen is unchaste and agrees to a test of her faithfulness.

Sophie Thompson is Imogen, and Ben Porter is Posthumus. Cymbeline is played by Jack Shepherd; Suzanne Bertish is the Queen. Stephen Mangan plays Cloten, and Ron Cook plays Iachimo.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    M. Faulkner San Diego, CA United States 07-10-15
    M. Faulkner San Diego, CA United States 07-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A fine performance"

    Well done. The parts were all well played and the words, as always, were pure heaven to hear.

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    Nate 11-29-16
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    "Well-performed, needs more direction"
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    The performers were great. I just wish there was a little more narration. I don't mean adding anything to Shakespeare, but even having someone read who enters and exits the stage would help. When someone started talking in a new scene, it sometimes took several minutes to know who was on stage and who the players were. I also would have liked to hear "Act II, Scene III," (etc), but that wasn't a big deal.

    Now that I've listened to it, I can listen to it again and again and it will be easier to follow each time. I just had to reference the text occasionally to get on track, which was difficult as I was listening to it in the car.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa Foley 12-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good performance, needs better sound quality"

    The actors did a great job, but the sound quality wasn't very good and was a struggle to hear in the car sometimes. Also, the reading of stage directions would have helped to set the scene a little better for listeners.

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    10/18/17
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    "Excellent Performance with One Awful Flaw"

    This is a really good performance of a difficult and confusing play. Well done to all the actors. I would happily recommend it with one serious reservation; this production contains some of the worst music I have ever come across. At the beginning of each new scene you will be assaulted with lumbering recorders, seesawing violins, and flatulating horns playing utter nonsense on two bar loops. The musical settings of Shakespeare's songs are also horrible and actually make the text incomprehensible at one point. Beware - this music is so bad and there is so much of it that you may actually begin to feel fear towards the end of each scene, as I did, knowing that more of it is coming. How did this happen?

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