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    • Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 543
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 480
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 478

    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

    • 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 339
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307

    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

    • Macbeth: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 401
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 348

    Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, is among the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language. Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king in order to succeed to the throne. Tortured by his conscience and fearful of discovery, he becomes fatally enmeshed in a web of treachery and deceit.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than expected! Helpful in the classroom.

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-24-18

    Regular price: $13.95

    • William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    • By: Peter Saccio, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Peter Saccio
    • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 535
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 478
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466

    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

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275

    In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love in unexpected ways. In the woods outside Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves into couples - but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another. The king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, battle over custody of an orphan boy. Oberon uses magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named Bottom, in an effort to distract Titania from the custody battle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wow

    • By Giovanni Panaro on 02-15-19

    Regular price: $13.95

    • The Tempest

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Sir Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 401
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361

    Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A stellar performance by a stunning cast

    • By Jeremy R. Snyder on 02-18-14

    Regular price: $9.95

    • 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 393
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345

    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

    • 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 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    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

    • Julius Caesar

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169

    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars

    • By David on 04-05-14

    Regular price: $12.59

    • 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 139
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    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

    • 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 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    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
    • Incredibly Easy To Follow

    • By Shannon Storm on 03-19-15

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Othello (Dramatized)

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, Kelly Reilly
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    Shakespeare's Othello is one of his finest and most famous tragedies. This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success - each performance was a sell-out.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Goats and Monkeys!

    • By M. W. Roberts on 03-16-10

    Regular price: $9.95

    • 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 271
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203

    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

    • Macbeth

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 306
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304

    Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Might want to Read Along

    • By Syd Young on 02-03-14

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Tyrant

    • Shakespeare on Politics
    • By: Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny. In exploring the psyche (and psychoses) of the likes of Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Coriolanus, and the societies they rule over, Stephen Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the catastrophic consequences of its execution.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Too Close for Comfort

    • By C. Gross on 05-10-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • 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 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    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

    • 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 81
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Chapters Mixed up

    • By Kohmei on 05-20-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • 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 182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    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

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Amanda Root, David Harewood, Roy Hudd
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 226
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 225

    When Oberon, King of the Fairies, uses his magic upon four runaway lovers in a midsummer wood outside Athens, chaos ensues. Who really loves whom? Meanwhile, a band of well-meaning but bungling local actors have their rehearsal sabotaged by the mischievous Puck, who bewitches their leader, Bottom, and Titania, the Fairy Queen. The result is a lively and anarchic comedy which can only be resolved by an elaborate disentangling of spells.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The lunatic, the lover, and the poet

    • By Darwin8u on 04-24-17

    Regular price: $9.95

    • 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 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    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

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