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We all know Shakespeare’s classic ghost story—the young prince Hamlet’s dead father appears to him, demanding vengeance upon Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, who has usurped the throne and, to add insult to injury, married Hamlet’s mother.

The young prince dithers and delays, coming up with excuse after excuse to postpone his vengeance—but not for the reason Shakespeare told us. It is instead because Hamlet keeps discovering evidence that things are not quite what they seem in the kingdom of Denmark—and never have been throughout his life.

Once you’ve experienced Orson Scott Card’s revelatory version of the story, Shakespeare’s play will be much more fun to watch—because you’ll know what’s really going on.

©2008 Orson Scott Card (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“Card’s prose is powerful.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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makes sense

What made the experience of listening to Hamlet’s Father the most enjoyable?

Brilliant! Finally this strange old tragedy started make sense. Finally there is a certain "rhyme and reason" to the behavior of one of the most famous heroes in dramatic history - Hamlet. Till today it always baffled me, why Hamlet has been so wildly popular through the centuries. Probably it has been touching the same backstory in our subconcsious that OSCard tries to bring forward. Hearing it has been intellectually very satisfying, thank you!

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Break my heart, but I'll not hold my tongue.

I love Hamlet, and I usually love Orson Scott Card, so I was surprised and thoroughly disappointed to find that Card basically took all the good things about Shakespeare's masterpiece and ruined them. This is not a viable reading of the play, nor is it a retelling. And what's more, it's just not good. The narration is clipped and uninflected. Stay away from this title.

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  • Ann
  • Tucson, AZ United States
  • 11-15-13

DO NOT BOTHER!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Fans of horror stories

What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

The book started as an interesting take on the Hamlet story from another viewpoint, but turned into a horror story

What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration is very good

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hamlet’s Father?

The ending

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If you love Shakespeare, you will hate this.

I take others' reviews seriously, and rely at least to some extent on the average star totals of readers' reviews, and back when I chose this novella it had a high 4.x star rating as far as Audible was concerned (although from just a handful of readers, probably relations).

But this novella is terrible, absolutely awful.

I only now just checked Amazon, whose readers rate the book in the low 2.x star rating, which makes a lot more sense. Many of the reviews beg prospective readers not to waste their money, and more to the point their time, on this piece of ... junk, to put it nicely.

I am a huge Orson Scott Card fan, another reason I picked up this novella. I don't like at least some of his politics, but he's written some of the best science fiction out there. This, however, is not science fiction, rather it's a bizarre rendition of Hamlet that just stinks, by which I mean that it is worse than bad, it is an evil and squalid reinterpretation of perhaps the greatest play ever written, many would say the greatest anything ever written.

It is shameful what Card did with Shakespeare's story. I'm getting a refund, but I could get back ten times what I spent and still would have ended up on the short end of this deal.

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