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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 561
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 497
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 495

    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

    • 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 409
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 353

    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 540
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 481
    • Story
      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

    • 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 317
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284

    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

    • 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 275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    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

    • 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 411
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 367

    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

    • 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 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    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

    • 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 397
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 354
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 349

    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: 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 352
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 315
    • Story
      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

    • 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
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      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

    • 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 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    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

    • 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
    • Performance
      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

    • Twelfth Night

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack, Jonathan Firth, Amanda Root, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    Shakespeare's most sophisticated comedy is a riotous tale of hopelessly unrequited passions and mistaken identity. Duke Orsino is in love with the noblewoman Olivia. She, however, has fallen for his servant Cesario, who is actually Viola, a woman disguised as a man, who loves Orsino: Confusion is rife. Meanwhile, Olivia's arrogant steward Malvolio is cruelly tricked by her uncle Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and the maidservant Maria into believing his mistress loves him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely loved

    • By Shiloah Baker on 06-28-15

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Much Ado about Nothing

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Saskia Reeves, Samuel West, Paul Jesson, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    Young Claudio has fallen for the lovely heiress Hero, who also loves him. Their path to the altar looks smooth, until the evil Don John intervenes. All ends happily, thanks to his incompetent assassins and the lucky discoveries of the bungling constable Dogberry. Central to the play, one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, are Beatrice and Benedick, masters of wit and sworn foes to marriage - until a plot is hatched to bring them together.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Live in thy heart, die in thy lap

    • By Darwin8u on 06-29-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Tales from Shakespeare

    • By: Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb
    • Narrated by: David McCallion
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

     

    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
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      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

    • King Lear

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Kenneth Branagh
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    The tragedy of King Lear receives an outstanding performance in an all-star cast led by Britain’s senior classical actor, Paul Scofield. He is joined by Alec McCowen as Gloucester, Kenneth Branagh as The Fool, Harriet Walter as Gonerill, Sara Kestelman as Regan and Emilia Fox as Cordelia. This is the ninth recording of Shakespeare plays undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press, and is directed by John Tydeman. It was released to mark the 80th birthday of Paul Scofield in January 2002.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • No life in this Lear.

    • By zachary on 03-01-14

    Regular price: $18.60

    • The Taming of the Shrew

    • Arkangel Shakespeare
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Frances Barber, Roger Allam, Alan Cox
    • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    Padua holds many suitors for the hand of fair Bianca, but Bianca may not be married until her spinster sister, Kate, is wed. Could any man be rash enough to take on Kate? The witty adventurer Petruchio undertakes the task. While he sets about transforming Kate from foul-tempered termagant to loving wife, young Lucentio and his clever servant, Tranio, plot to win Bianca.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very well done!

    • By S. Riggs on 01-06-18

    Regular price: $13.96

    • 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 94
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    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

    • 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
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      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

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