Romeo and Juliet: The Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

Narrated by: full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Classics, Shakespeare
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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 Romeo and Juliet to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a tragic world in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. This play, set in an extraordinary world, has become the quintessential story of young love. 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)2014 Simon & Schuster

10 Best Shakespeare Audiobooks


If there’s one writer whose works translates spectacularly to audio format, it’s the Bard. Plays are often more enjoyable when performed, but more importantly, hearing Shakespeare’s dialogue performed by professionals with the correct emphasis and tone can mean the difference in catching the jokes and innuendos, picking up on subtle foreshadowing, and even sometimes understanding the plot itself. Taking into account both the best of Shakespeare’s works and the most well-performed adaptations for audio, here are our choices for the top 10 best Shakespeare audiobooks in our catalog.

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Great Dramatization!

I used this with my 7th grade English. The students were struggling to understand the text because most 13 year olds don't read iambic pentameter well, not to mention archaic words. We were into the third act when I used an Audible credit to get this version. The kids loved it. Their understanding increased, and when it did, so did their enjoyment. I'm so glad their introduction to Shakespeare turned out so well!

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Bravo!!

I am 37 & new to Shakespeare. I have never been able to read his works, but recently discovered listening to them. Here is what I recommend: Sit in a chair, push play, close your eyes and let this brilliant cast take you for a ride through some of the most beautiful language ever spoken...

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"Nothing like the sun"

This timeless story of teen romance and warring families was wonderfully dramatized. Universally considered one of the greatest stories but the actors brought this story of death to life with the prosody, rate, tones, inflections, pauses and the sound effects. The sound characteristics helped to translate the middle English spoken in Shakespearean times understandable in modern times. To help augment my understanding, I did occasionally go to Sparknotes to understand some meanings or references.

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a classic alive

I really liked this performance of the classic romance. I hadn't heard it in a long time and I'm glad i returned to it. The full cast really helps comprehension too, for many of the outdated words and references are elucidated by context and intonation.

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Ah MAZING

I've seen it performed and read it multiple times and heard countless renditions and movies but this right here has made me feel how this is the greatest love story of all time. I applaud the entire cast and editing and sound. This company truly brings Shakespeare to life in a way I have never experienced.

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Enjoyable tragedy

We enjoyed listening to this performance as part of our studies. My family and I would listen to it again.

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Fabulous!

I use this in my 9th grade English classroom and it's a hit year after year. Great recording!

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A Cautionary Tale

This audiobook is so amazing. It is romantic but tragic. Romeo and Juliet never gets old. The narrators are all wonderful.

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nothing less to be expected from Shakespeare

Quite the lovely story, the template for romance. Such a mark on history that to be someones's "Romeo" or "Juliet" is to be their true love, to death.

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Listen to this one instead!

This, if you understand, will pull your soul around and about . in a good way. the writing is devastatingly good. the acting is impeccable.

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Amazing voice acting!

The voice acting was absloutely flawless and it followed the original play to a fault!