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    • King Lear

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Trevor Peacock, Clive Merrison, full cast
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    This shattering drama of isolation and loss is one of the greatest tragedies in world literature. King Lear of Britain has three daughters: the hard-hearted Goneril and Regan, and the good and gentle Cordelia. He determines to divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest share to she who can say she loves him the best. Lear's tragic lack of judgment and self-knowledge is paralleled by the blindness of the loyal Gloucester who is persuaded to reject his virtuous son, Edgar, in favor of the villainous Edmund.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • tragedy par excellence

    • By turbopro on 08-10-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Julius Caesar: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Michael Feast, John Bowe, Adrian Lester
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 60

    At the heart of this tragic history is one of Shakespeare's most noble characters, the statesman Brutus, who is caught in a devastating conflict between private affection and public duty.

    Julius Caesar has become the most powerful man in the Rome. Does his power now threaten the very existence of the Republic itself? A conspiracy is hatched, one that will have fatal consequences not only for Caesar and the conspirators but for the future history of the ancient world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riveting!

    • By 1624 on 06-15-15

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Imogen Stubbs, Jane Lapotaire, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 79

    Distressed by his father's death and his mother's over-hasty remarriage, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is faced by a specter from beyond the grave bearing a grim message of murder and revenge. The young prince is driven to the edge of madness by his struggle to understand the situation he finds himself in and to do his duty. Many others, including Hamlet's beloved, the innocent Ophelia, are swept up in his tragedy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Presentation

    • By L. Jay on 11-22-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Henry V

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Brian Cox, Elizabeth Spriggs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    Henry V is a study of kingship, patriotism, and heroic determination tempered by tender comedy as Henry courts Katherine, princess of France. Henry, the noble and courageous young king of England, decides to invade France, believing he has a rightful claim to the throne. At Agincourt he leads his army into battle against the powerful French forces and, against all the odds, wins a famous victory.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best Version of the Best Thing Ever Written

    • By Millerhaus on 02-04-17

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Henry VI, Part 2

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: David Tennant, Kelly Hunter, Norman Rodway, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Young King Henry VI has married the beautiful Margaret of Anjou but the new queen is ruthless and ambitious. Supported by the powerful Duke of Suffolk, Margaret plots the overthrow of her enemies, chief among them the Duke of Gloucester. But the Duke of York also aspires to the crown, and the common people, led by Jack Cade, are in rebellion. To the despair of the mild young king, England descends into civil war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This review is actually for Part Three

    • By Tad Davis on 08-09-14

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Romeo and Juliet

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Joseph Fiennes, Maria Miles, Elizabeth Spriggs
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    In the world's most celebrated and lyrical love story, the sublime devotion of two young lovers transcends their earthly fate. The noble Veronese houses of Montague and Capulet are locked in a bitter feud. When Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet) fall in love, they are swept up in a series of violent events and cruel twists of fortune. Despite the passion and innocence of their love, they fall victim to the enmity between their families, and their story ends in tragedy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well played!

    • By April M. on 09-01-17

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Othello

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Don Warrington, David Threlfall, Anne-Marie Duff, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Othello, a Moorish general in the service of Venice, has married Desdemona, beautiful daughter of a Venetian senator. But Iago, Othello's malignant ensign, is determined to destroy their happiness. Cunningly bending Othello to his own purposes, Iago persuades the Moor that Desdemona is unfaithful to him. Tormented in a hell of jealousy, Othello moves inexorably toward the destruction of his innocent wife and himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Heartbreaking

    • By Tad Davis on 02-17-17

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Richard III

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: David Troughton, Saskia Wickham, Margaret Robertson, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 35

    Brilliantly manipulative and entirely amoral, the hero-villain Richard is one of Shakespeare's greatest roles. The Yorkists have emerged victorious from the civil wars and Edward IV wears the English crown. But Edward's misshapen brother Richard harbors kingly ambitions and will stop at nothing to achieve the throne. In a fatal battle on Bosworth Field, Richard meets the ghosts of all whom he has murdered and the Earl of Richmond, the future King Henry VII.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spectacular acting

    • By Claire on 02-27-18

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Merchant of Venice

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Trevor Peacock, Bill Nighy, Haydn Gwynne, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    In Shakespeare's most controversial play, the opposing values of justice and mercy must be resolved. Antonio promises money to help his friend Bassanio woo Portia. He borrows the sum needed from the cruel Shylock, but there will be a dreadful penalty if the loan is not repaid. The golden world of Portia's Belmont calls forth some of Shakespeare's most lyrical love poetry. But the dark shadow of Shylock is never far from the heart of this brilliant comedy as it moves toward its courtroom climax.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One Of Shakespeare's Best

    • By M. J. Christensen on 06-07-15

    Regular price: $13.96

    • King John: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Michael Feast, Michael Maloney, Eileen Atkins
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    King John of England is pitted against the united powers of France, Brittany, Austria, and the Papacy. Will England be destroyed by his fatal indecision? As alliances are made, broken, and remade, the paranoid and erratic John reveals his weakness and reliance on those around him - including his powerful mother, Queen Elinor, and Faulconbridge, the cynical and witty bastard son of the dead King Richard I.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale

    • By Darwin8u on 05-08-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Macbeth: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Hugh Ross, Harriet Walter
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 56

    The brave warrior Macbeth allows himself to be persuaded by Lady Macbeth, his wife, to slay good King Duncan and seize the throne of Scotland for himself. Macbeth achieves his ambition, but one murder proves not to be enough as he desperately attempts to eliminate all who might threaten his ill-gotten power. Descending into paranoia, Macbeth achieves his ambition but ravages his soul.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great for the classroom

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Richard II

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Rupert Graves, Julian Glover, John Wood
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    The sensitive and poetic Richard II is undoubtedly the rightful king of England but he is unscrupulous and weak. When his cousin Henry Bolingbroke returns from banishment and mounts a challenge to his authority, Richard's right to the throne proves of little help to him. Richard is forced to abdicate, but as his power is stripped away, he gains dignity and self-awareness, and he meets his death heroically.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

    • By Darwin8u on 04-10-17

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Henry VIII

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Paul Jesson, Jane Lapotaire, Timothy West
    • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    King Henry is married to Katherine of Aragon, but he has been smitten by the charms of the queen's maid of honor, Anne Bullen, and is tempted to divorce his dignified and noble wife. Meanwhile, the lords of England resent the influence of Henry's trusted advisor, Cardinal Wolsey, who is gradually drawing power into his own hands. As Katherine and Wolsey suffer their tragic falls, new figures rise to fill their places, but they, too, will be brought low by the inexorable sweep of time and fortune.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Virtues written in Water

    • By Darwin8u on 01-04-18

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Tempest

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle, Adrian Lester, Bob Peck, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    This haunting drama of vengeance and forgiveness crowns the group of tragicomic romances that Shakespeare composed at the end of his career. Sometimes read as his farewell to the stage, the play contains some of Shakespeare's most lyrical verse. Prospero, wise Duke of Milan, has been deposed by Antonio, his wicked brother, and exiled with his daughter Miranda to a mysterious island. But Prospero possesses supernatural powers. Aided by the spirit Ariel, Prospero uses his magical art to bring his enemies under his control.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love ArkAngel's interpretation of Shakespeare

    • By lavalleem on 12-10-16

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Love's Labor's Lost: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Emma Fielding, Samantha Bond, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    The young king of Navarre and three of his courtiers have vowed to lock themselves away for three years of study and fasting, and to forswear the company of women for this period. No sooner is their vow made than it is tested, however, as the princess of France and three of her ladies arrive in Navarre on a diplomatic mission. The young men fall instantly and hopelessly in love, and the tension between their vow and their passion forms the subject of this charming and sparkling early comedy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Honorificabilitudinitatibus!

    • By Darwin8u on 03-29-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Winter's Tale

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Sinead Cusack, Ciaran Hinda, Eileen Atkins, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 220

    King Leontes of Sicilia is seized by sudden and terrible jealousy of his wife Hermione, whom he accuses of adultery. He believes the child Hermione is bearing was fathered by his friend Polixenes, and when the baby girl is born he orders her to be taken to some wild place and left to die. Though Hermione's child escapes death, Leontes' cruelty has terrible consequences. Loss paves the way for reunion, and life and hope are born out of desolation and despair.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Snapper-Up of Unconsidered Trifles

    • By John on 06-10-17

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Henry IV, Part 1

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Julian Glover, Richard Griffiths
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    While King Henry's England is threatened by rebellion, the king's scapegrace son Hal haunts the taverns of London, his companions a crew of rogues and thieves let by Falstaff. The earl of Northumberland and his fiery son Hotspur scheme to overthrow the crown. Can Hal be brought to a sense of duty as Prince of Wales? Or will the influence of Falstaff prove too strong? The issue is decided when Hal, Hotspur, and Falstaff come together at the climactic battle of Shrewsbury.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful

    • By Natalia on 08-31-17

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Measure for Measure: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Roger Allam, Stella Gonet
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 37

    Telling his followers he is leaving the city on affairs of state, the Duke of Vienna appoints the puritanical Angelo to govern in his absence. Will Angelo prove as virtuous as he seems once power is in his hands? Roaming the city disguised as a friar, the duke looks on as Angelo's lust for the virtuous Isabella sweeps him into the corruption he has so sternly condemned in others. The duke's manipulation at last produces a happy ending for this dark comedy, with its brilliant exploration of the themes of justice and mercy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Seeking death, find life

    • By Darwin8u on 09-07-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Henry VI, Part 1

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: David Tennant, Kelly Hunter, Clive Merrison, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The all-conquering King Henry V is dead and the throne is occupied by his infant son, Henry VI. The good Duke Humphrey of Gloucester has been appointed protector, but a struggle for power soon develops between the young king's Lancastrian relatives and the powerful house of York under Richard Plantagenet. Meanwhile the French, led by Joan of Arc, the maid of Orleans, threaten to win back the territories lost to Henry V.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Action-packed, crowded with characters

    • By Tad Davis on 07-14-14

    Regular price: $17.47

    • As You Like It

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack, Stephen Mangan, Victoria Hamilton, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Rosalind, daughter of the deposed Duke Senior, is exiled from the court by her wicked uncle. Disguising herself as a young man and accompanied by her cousin Celia, she takes refuge in the Forest of Arden. In the forest Rosalind meets Orlando with whom she is in love, but her male disguise complicates matters, especially when Rosalind finds she has unwittingly attracted the shepherdess Phebe. But out of the confusion comes reconciliation and forgiveness, and all ends happily.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Can't bother with a title

    • By Darwin8u on 07-27-17

    Regular price: $13.96

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