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Folger Shakespeare Library, The World’s Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies

The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, brings Hamlet to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.

Hamlet, Shakespeare's most popular, and perhaps most puzzling play, follows the form of a "revenge tragedy", in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.

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.

Public Domain (P)Simon & Schuster

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did they record this on mt everest?

The lines are all delivered like the actor is winded from recently running a mile uphill. I had to turn it off because it was giving me anxiety to listen to everything being breathlessly rushed through.

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Loved the voice actors

I liked the voice actors and that there was a woman for the woman speakers. Having background noises of their actions was also great! I think the voice actors did great, and I'd recommend this to anyone like me who struggles with understanding their tones while reading. (I read my book along while the audible played)

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It's worth listening to.

I was reading Hamlet for a class and I didn't have the time to see a performance. This audio version is an excellent supplement to reading the play and experiencing a performance of it (without, obviously, the visual component). I recommend this audio book.

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Beautiful Play, Abysmal Rendition

Hamlet is my all-time favorite play in the Shakespeare collection. With varying performances throughout history, it is hard to say what is right and wrong about a performance. However, I can honestly say this was the worst rendition of Hamlet I have ever heard. The acting did not match the tones of the scenes. It felt like they were just reading from the script and trying to give random inflections throughout. I couldn't even make it through the first three scenes before I gave up on it. Want a good rendition of the play to follow? Follow along with the Kenneth Branagh or Mel Gibson versions (both movies). Haven't been able to find a great audio version of this play yet. If you just need something to follow along with for school, this follows unabridged and would be suitable for study.

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A great play

Of course Shakespeare would be awesome. Unfortunately, the actors were amateurish, and the music was synthesized. Yet still, it made for an excellent audio recording

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Well done!

I really enjoyed the quick pacing of this recording. I've never been able to finish reading a Shakespeare play on my own, but after this experience I think audio books are the way to go.

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Dear Gertude!

I enjoyed many such lines that always just got by me before in other readings and performances. Well done, all.

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On e is not enough

After many years, making my way through Shakespeare. This is a stop worthy of repeating again and again.

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difficult especially without a background

had to spend some time doing reading and research and understanding the story before I could follow the audio even though it appeared to be well presented but without a visual connection it was almost unclear when things were changing. if you know the story I suspect it would be much better.

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Shakespeare's words.

though I find the story hard to follow still, there is appreciation in its making.

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Not recommended if you don’t know the story

I bought this because I had to analyse an article that references Hamlet. I’d never studied it in high school, so I thought I’d listen to this on the bus... needless to say it was confusing. Honestly, the first scene just seemed like a bunch of men yelling random things at each other. Plus the male voices are too similar to tell how many people there are... it might be good if you just want a fun refresher of the story though.