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    • William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    • By: Peter Saccio, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Peter Saccio
    • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 539
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 481
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 469

    Shakespeare's plays - whether a comedy like A Midsummer Night's Dream, a history like Henry IV, or a tragedy like Hamlet - are treasure troves of insight into our very humanity. These 36 lectures introduce you to Shakespeare's major plays from each of these three genres and explain the achievement that makes him the leading playwright in Western civilization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle.."

    • By Kristi R. on 07-01-16

    Regular price: $41.95

    • How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

    • By: Marc C. Conner, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Marc C. Conner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 396
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 353
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 348

    Shakespeare's works are among the greatest of humanity's cultural expressions and, as such, demand to be experienced and understood. But, simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture - those of Elizabethan England - are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and double meanings, can be hard to penetrate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • To Listen or Not to Listen…

    • By Ark1836 on 10-13-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 560
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's worth listening to.

    • By maggie on 04-18-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Shakespeare Stealer

    • By: Gary Blackwood
    • Narrated by: Stuart Blinder
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" - or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare's players perform. As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Huh

    • By Oscar Sodani on 05-14-19

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare

    • By: Edith Nesbit
    • Narrated by: David Thorn, Bobbie Frohman, Laurallee Westaway
    • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
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      4 out of 5 stars 56
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      4 out of 5 stars 59

    Edith Nesbit re-tells the stories of William Shakespeare's plays, making them accessible to children, while evoking the drama and excitement of the originals.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Frustrating

    • By Michele Elliott on 10-08-10

    Regular price: $5.59

    • The Plays of William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Enjoy the most notable plays of William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello. Shakespeare was known for his writings on tragedies and these four works are known to be some of the finest tragedies ever written.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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 95
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    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
    • Splendid

    • By Tad Davis on 03-14-19

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Hamlet

    • Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)
    • By: William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner, and others
    • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Performance great; commentary lacking

    • By Shaun on 09-23-10

    Regular price: $19.09

    • Shakespeare

    • The World as Stage
    • By: Bill Bryson
    • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 871
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 863

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Too Little, Too Short

    • By Charles L. Burkins on 11-30-07

    Regular price: $23.95

    • Tales from Shakespeare

    • By: Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 10
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    Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb is a retelling of 20 of Shakespeare’s most beloved stories. Within the pages of this book, the 19th-century authors bring to life the Shakespearean plots and characters of another age in an easy-to-understand prose of a newer generation.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Shakespeare's Tragedies

    • By: Clare R. Kinney, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Clare R. Kinney
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    Shakespeare's contributions to stage and language are unequaled, audiences left breathless for the past four centuries, his artistry as evident in moments of insensate rage as it is in moments of heartbreaking tenderness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enlightening and well presented

    • By Dan on 09-30-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Shakespeare Requirement

    • By: Julie Schumacher
    • Narrated by: Julie Schumacher
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    Now is the fall of his discontent, as Jason Fitger, newly appointed chair of the English Department of Payne University, takes arms against a sea of troubles, personal and institutional. His ex-wife is sleeping with the dean who must approve whatever modest initiatives he undertakes. The fearsome department secretary Fran clearly runs the show (when not taking in rescue parrots and dogs) and holds plenty of secrets she's not sharing. The lavishly funded Econ Department keeps siphoning off English's meager resources and has taken aim at its remaining office space.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Riotous Academic Satire

    • By Matthew Kelley on 10-23-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies

    • Hamlet; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast, Paul Scofield, Peggy Ashcroft, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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    Three powerful radio productions from the BBC archives starring Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup and Paul Scofield and a host of celebrated acting talent. These three legendary plays, performed by some of the best-known theatrical actors of the 20th century, are the perfect way to commemorate England's greatest dramatist.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged

    • By Kindle Customer on 07-08-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Complete Sonnets of William Shakespeare

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Roscoe Lee Browne, Christopher Cazenove, Vanessa Redgrave, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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    For sustained dramatic intrigue and sophistication of plot, William Shakespeare's sonnets are at least the equal of his greatest plays. Throughout the centuries since their first publication in 1609, critics, psychologists and curiosity-seekers alike have pondered the nature of the poet's relationships with the mysterious young man, "Mr. W.H.", and the "ill-coloured" Dark lady.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fits infinity in a couplet

    • By Darwin8u on 12-27-17

    Regular price: $12.57

    • Romeo and Juliet: The Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 319

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Dramatization!

    • By Karen Mitchell Smith on 04-26-16

    Regular price: $13.95

    • 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 93
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      5 out of 5 stars 83
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    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

    • Will in the World

    • How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
    • By: Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 405
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 233

    Award-winning author Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential literary thinkers in the world. An acclaimed interpreter of Shakespeare's works, his ideas have changed the way countless people approach the classics. Now Greenblatt's uniquely brilliant voice delivers a magnificent biography of the Bard himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • For Fans of History and Language

    • By Timothy, Toronto, ON. on 04-06-07

    Regular price: $25.86

    • Othello: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 149

    In Othello, Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most audiences believe the couple’s strong love would overcome these differences were it not for Iago, who sets out to destroy Othello.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good cast

    • By Becky on 06-06-17

    Regular price: $13.95

    • Shakespeare

    • The Biography
    • By: Peter Ackroyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
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    In a magnificent feat of re-creating sixteenth-century London and Stratford, best-selling biographer and novelist Peter Ackroyd brings William Shakespeare to life in the manner of a contemporary rather than a biographer. Following his magisterial and ingenious re-creations of the lives of Chaucer, Dickens, T. S. Eliot, William Blake, and Sir Thomas More, Ackroyd delivers his crowning achievement with this definitive and imaginative biographical masterpiece.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shakespeare by Peter Ackroyd

    • By Susan on 10-16-06

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Julius Caesar

    • A Fully-Dramatized Audio Production From Folger Theatre
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

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

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Classic

    • By Angela on 09-05-18

    Regular price: $13.99

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