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    • Shakespeare's Kings

    • The Great Plays and the History of England in the Middle Ages: 1337-1485
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: John Curran
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    William Shakespeare may have been the greatest playwright in the English language, but how does he measure up as a historian? In this brilliant comparison between the events and characters in Shakespeare's history plays and the actual events that inspired them, acclaimed historian John Julius Norwich examines the nine works that together amount to an epic masterpiece on England's most fascinating period.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The program demands an optional headline

    • By Jessica on 04-04-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Seven Classic Plays

    • By: William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and others
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Now, for the first time in audio, Blackstone presents seven great plays in one volume: Euripides' Medea, Shakespeare's The Tempest, Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, Dumas' Camille, Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, Shaw's Arms and the Man, and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. These productions illustrate the development of European drama from ancient times to the threshold of the modern theater.

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    • Badly Done Plays

    • By S. N. C. Siegel on 05-06-06

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Tempest: a Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare

    • By: Charles Lamb
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 26 mins
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    Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's best dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major language, and are the most performed ever. His work contains stunningly modern insight, witty jokes and soaring passion; it is an endless source of amazement and inspiration.

    Regular price: $7.02

    • King Lear

    • A Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare
    • By: James Gardner, William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 32 mins
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    "King Lear" is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, depicting the gradual descent into madness of the title character after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all. The play is derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king; after the English Restoration, it was often revised with a happy ending for audiences who disliked its dark and depressing tone, but since the nineteenth century, Shakespeare's original version has been regarded as one of his supreme achievements.

    Regular price: $4.40

    • Twelfth Night

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Stella Gonet, Gerard Murphy, full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Twelfth Night, nowadays one of Shakespeare's best-loved and most-admired comedies, was not always so regarded: Samuel Pepys saw the play three times in the 1660s and judged it 'silly'. Modern audiences, critics, and directors seem better attuned to its delicate counter pointing of romance and realism....

    Regular price: $12.59

    • Othello, a Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare

    • By: Charles Lamb
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 16 mins
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    Shakespeare's "Othello" is a heart-wrenching tale of evil and betrayal; it is the first of Shakespeare's great series of tragedies and history plays. The exotic Moor Othello and his beloved Desdemona are thrown into a mesh of intrigue and matters of the state; their strong love would overcome all of it, were it not for Iago. Trusted by his master Othello, he is actually seeking vengeance against him, and has vowed to destroy the Moor of Venice in the worst possible manner. Through insinuations about Desdemona's infidelity, Iago manages to draw Othello deeper and deeper into his schemes, until a horrific escalation quickly brings the play to a terrible end.

    Regular price: $3.08

    • Holy Shakespeare!

    • 101 Scriptures That Appear in Shakespeare's Plays, Poems, and Sonnets
    • By: Maisie Sparks
    • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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    Shakespeare was heavily influenced by Holy Writ. Bible lines, characters, and narratives are "verbal characters" in his plays, poems, and sonnets, sometimes subtly and sometimes blatantly. But they are there, revealing the deep scriptural well that was the culture from which Shakespeare drew and reminding us of scenes and stories in the Bible.

    Regular price: $20.52

    • Julius Caesar: A Reader's Guide to the William Shakespeare Play

    • By: Robert Crayola
    • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's greatest and most performed plays. With this new guide, you will have an even better understanding of the story. Included in this guide: a biography of author William Shakespeare, a look at the play's context, its literary elements, detailed scene summaries, character analysis, and much more. This is the definitive guide to Julius Caesar, concise, easy to understand, and guaranteed to add to your enjoyment of this classic play.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very shallow. Disappointed.

    • By djay on 02-04-19

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Hamlet: A Reader's Guide to the William Shakespeare Play

    • By: Robert Crayola
    • Narrated by: Seth D. Anderson
    • Length: 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Few plays have had more impact than William Shakespeare's Hamlet. With this new guide, you will have an even greater understanding of the play. Included in this guide: a biography of author William Shakespeare, a look at the play's context and its literary elements, detailed scene summaries, character analysis, and much more. This is the definitive guide to Hamlet, concise, easy to understand, and guaranteed to add to your enjoyment of this classic play.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By MEECH RODRIGUEZ on 11-09-15

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Hamlet

    • A Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare
    • By: James Gardner, William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 34 mins
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    "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others." The play seems to have been one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most-filmed story after Cinderella".

    Regular price: $4.40

    • Hamlet

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Not sure that a modernized movie-version of Hamlet is your goblet of tea? Hear Frank Muller, the preeminent narrator of the audiobook world, play every part in arguably the best audio version of Hamlet available.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Madness in great ones must not unwatched go

    • By Darwin8u on 08-14-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream: a Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare

    • By: Charles Lamb
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 25 mins
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    Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's best dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major language, and are the most performed ever. His work contains stunningly modern insight, witty jokes and soaring passion; it is an endless source of amazement and inspiration.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • perceived life's truest test that is love "

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-13-18

    Regular price: $7.02

    • The Merry Wives of Windsor

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Anthony Quayle, Joyce Redman, full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Sir John Falstaff, the lovable rogue, is brought back from his death in Henry V to set this farce in motion. Falstaff (Anthony Quayle), finding himself in need of funds, attempts to seduce 2 wealthy young ladies, Mistress Ford (Joyce Redman) and Mistress Page (June Jago). Alas, the scoundrel's money-making scheme goes awry when he sends the ladies - who are friends - identical love letters. The 2 women retaliate by plotting his downfall - with hilarious results.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Indifferent Transfer of a Classic Recording

    • By J. Greif on 01-28-15

    Regular price: $12.54

    • Women of Will

    • Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays
    • By: Tina Packer
    • Narrated by: Tina Packer, Nigel Gore
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Drawing on her knowledge as director, actor, and teacher, Packer traces the chronological evolution of Shakespeare's female characters and examines Shakespeare's own journey and growth as a writer from feckless misogynist in his youth to committed lover in his middle years to unrepentant feminist in his final years.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful in conception and execution

    • By Robert R Keatinge on 07-06-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Stories from Shakespeare 2

    • By: David Timson
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Alex Jennings
    • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
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    The first volume of David Timson's series retelling of the stories from Shakespeare's plays was widely praised by newspaper and educators alike. Here is volume 2, with more key plays. Including Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and Henry IV, all texts which regularly appear on the exam syllabus. As before, the stories are illustrated by numerous examples from the plays themselves. They are read by two leading Shakespearean actors, Juliet Stevenson and Alex Jennings.

    Regular price: $16.09

    • Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

    • By: Michael Blanding
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 10 mins
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    For years scholars have debated what inspired William Shakespeare’s writings. Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” “Richard III,” “Henry V” and seven other plays.

    "Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays" is from the February 07, 2018 Entertainment section of The New York Times. It was written by Michael Blanding and narrated by Kristi Burns.

    Regular price: $0.95

    • Macbeth: A Reader's Guide to the William Shakespeare Play

    • By: Robert Crayola
    • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's greatest and darkest plays. With this new guide, you will have an even greater understanding of the play. Included in this guide: a biography of author William Shakespeare, a look at the play's context, its literary elements, detailed scene summaries, character analysis, and much more. This is the definitive guide to Macbeth, concise, easy to understand, and guaranteed to add to your enjoyment of this classic play.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Romeo and Juliet: a Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare

    • By: Charles Lamb
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 39 mins
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    Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's best dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major language, and are the most performed ever. His work contains stunningly modern insight, witty jokes and soaring passion; it is an endless source of amazement and inspiration. Romeo and Juliet is perhaps his most famous and beloved; this heartbreaking tale of impossible love has marked every generation since its publication, and it is an essential part of Western culture.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great summary of a beautiful play!

    • By Annie Gladding on 03-27-18

    Regular price: $7.02

    • The Merchant of Venice

    • A Summary of the Play by William Shakespeare
    • By: James Gardner, William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Katie Haigh
    • Length: 29 mins
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    "The Merchant of Venice" is a 16th-century play by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice must default on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender. It has been listed among Shakespeare's greatest comedies, although its tone is often dramatic. This is a detailed summary of the play, written in today's language, for all willing to acquire a greater understanding of Shakespeare's work and widen their culture.

    Regular price: $4.40

    • The Tempest (A Play on Shakespeare)

    • By: Luke Daniel Paiva
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Prospero and his lovely daughter Miranda live alone on the tiny island where they were marooned years ago, with only the island creatures for company - that is, until a powerful storm brings a boat full of strangers to the island. As the story unfolds, magic and mystery fill the island in this retelling of Shakespeare's classic play.

    Regular price: $6.99

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