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SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Romeo and Juliet (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)  By  cover art

SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Romeo and Juliet (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

By: William Shakespeare,Simon Potter
Narrated by: Full-Cast featuring Joan Walker,Chris Kelham,Sara Bowes
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Publisher's summary

Combined for great value! The multi-award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. Full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. The poetry of Shakespeare's star crossed lovers is poignantly performed and expertly explained in this unique production: "Passion lends them power."
©2006 SmartPass Ltd. (P)2006 SmartPass Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Superb! A totally brilliant way to revise" ( Daily Express)
"A wealth of useful material." ( Times Educational Supplement)
"Refreshing¿ clear and lively¿ a stimulating study aid." ( Sunday Times)
"Impressive teaching and study aid." ( SNIP Magazine)

What listeners say about SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Romeo and Juliet (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

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Very Helpful

I have to read Shakespeare for my UCLA class. I was dreading just reading it by myself. We were encourage to watch performances of the production to help us understand what's going on. I had some extra credits at audibles, so I purchased this audio book which was very helpful.

The "Pass Master" or narrator did a very good job of guiding me through the play. For my assignment, I read along. The "Pass Master" explains thing well. She translates unfamiliar terms, talks about theme and summarizes passages well.

The play it's (with commentary) is very long (nearly 5 hours) but I felt I got so much more out of this audio version than I would have if I just read it or even watched it.

There was another audio book that was a performance and commentary but because the audio clip did not give an example of how the performance and commentary would be mixed, I went with this audio because the sample demonstrated how the two were intermixed. I like the way the "pass master" interjects. Her voice is delightful to listen to.

I wish they had "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Much Ado About Nothing" Henry the forth", Henry the 5th and hamlet in this series. That would make my last quarter at school go so well.

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Great for class!

I used this with my class of 9th grade students. It is really very good. The play is read by different voices and there is a moderator who stops things when it gets confusing and explains what is going on. She gives a lot of history as well, which I thought was helpful.

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Narrator cloying, uses modern British slang

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

I found the Narrator on this title to be annoying: overly enthusiastic over every detail. This became cloying after 10 minutes or so.

It was also not helpful for me to have Elizabethan English explained using modern British slang. Who is the intended audience here? It looks like it's British teenagers.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is, of course, timeless.

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

A more universal English would have been more appropriate, since this title is sold on both sides of the "pond", to adults of all ages.

What character would you cut from SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Romeo and Juliet (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)?

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Used for 9th grade English classroom- Wonderful!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The explanations were great for my students to hear as they follow along in their text books. There were better explanations for context than our textbooks have.

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Excellent tool for teachers!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this recording for any teacher about to embark on teaching Romeo and Juliet to her class.

What was one of the most memorable moments of SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Romeo and Juliet (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)?

The explanation of the text as it played was exceptional.I could not have done much better myself.

Which scene was your favorite?

I had no favorite scene, they were all good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

NO.

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Excellent study tool

We love the SmartPass guide insights as we read. It makes Shakespeare accessible and understandable.

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Super helpful!

Once you get used to the narrator jumping in and out of the story you realize how helpful this technique is to understanding not just the story, characters and language but also the customs of the time.

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