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  • Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition | William Shakespeare

    Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
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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.

    Kenni says: "Loved the voice actors"
  • Romeo and Juliet: The Fully Dramatized Audio Edition | William Shakespeare

    Romeo and Juliet: The Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
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    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.

    Karen Mitchell Smith says: "Great Dramatization!"
  • Macbeth: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition | William Shakespeare

    Macbeth: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
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    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.

    Justin says: "Voice actors don't match the characters"
  • Julius Caesar: A Fully-Dramatized Audio Production From Folger Theatre | William Shakespeare

    Julius Caesar: A Fully-Dramatized Audio Production From Folger Theatre

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
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    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.

    Anil Peter says: "Reliving the past"
  • Macbeth | William Shakespeare

    Macbeth

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, and others
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    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.

    Monika says: "Enjoyable all-cast performance"
  • Classic Love Poems | William Shakespeare,Edgar Allan Poe,Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Classic Love Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
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    For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

    vc says: "Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage"
  • The Tempest | William Shakespeare

    The Tempest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Corey says: "Great Story, audio needs a little tweaking"
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition | William Shakespeare

    A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
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    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.

    Gretchen SLP says: "Love Looks Not With the Eyes, But With the Mind"
  • Othello: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition | William Shakespeare

    Othello: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast
    Overall
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    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.

    Becky says: "Good cast"
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark | William Shakespeare

    Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The dead do not sleep in Denmark. Thrice the vision of the suddenly departed king has haunted the night watchmen. Upon seeing his own son, prince Hamlet, the ghost calls him away to divulge most nefarious secret. This most noble king was murdered by his own brother, Hamlet's uncle, who now wears his crown and beds his bride. To the prince he charges with the unholy quest to avenge his death and kill his murderer. Young Hamlet, shocked and amazed, swears to do the bloody deed. Thus begins one of the greatest works by the greatest English author - William Shakespeare.

    Elizabeth says: "BUY THIS VERSION OF HAMLET"
  • Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies: Hamlet; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare

    Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies: Hamlet; Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By full cast, Ian McKellen, Paul Scofield, and others
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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.

    Jennifer Sheridan says: "Abridged"
  • King Lear: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    King Lear: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Trevor Peacock, Clive Merrison, full cast
    Overall
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    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.

    turbopro says: "tragedy par excellence"
  • Henry V: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    Henry V: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover, Brian Cox, Elizabeth Spriggs
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    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.

    Millerhaus says: "The Best Version of the Best Thing Ever Written"
  • Twelfth Night: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    Twelfth Night: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Niamh Cusack, Jonathan Firth, Amanda Root, and others
    Overall
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    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.

    Baker Family says: "Absolutely loved"
  • Othello (Dramatized) | William Shakespeare

    Othello (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, Kelly Reilly
    Overall
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    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.

    M. W. Roberts says: "Goats and Monkeys!"
  • Much Ado about Nothing: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    Much Ado about Nothing: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Saskia Reeves, Samuel West, Paul Jesson, and others
    Overall
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    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.

    Christina Henry says: "loved it!"
  • Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Imogen Stubbs, Jane Lapotaire, and others
    Overall
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    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.

    L. Jay says: "Excellent Presentation"
  • Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music | William Shakespeare,Emily Dickinson,Ted Hughes

    Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
    • Narrated By Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench
    Overall
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    This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of life's seven ages, from childhood to old age. Within the framework of Shakespeare's speech, "The Seven Ages of Man," performed by Sir Ian McKellen, are 150 great poems from all ages, from Chaucer to Emily Dickinson to Walt Whitman and many others. The poem are presented by the finest cast ever assembled on one recording and includes Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Caine, and more.

    ESK says: "The Anthology of 'Music-Makers'"
  • The Merchant of Venice | William Shakespeare

    The Merchant of Venice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Antony Sher
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    Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, agrees to lend Antonio, a Venetian merchant, three thousand ducats so that his friend Bassanio can afford to court his love, Portia. However, Shylock has one condition: Should the loan go unpaid, he will be entitled to a pound of Antonio's own flesh. Meanwhile in Belmont, according to the terms of her father's will, Portia's many suitors must choose correctly from three caskets. Bassanio arrives at Portia's estate and they declare their love for one another before he picks the correct casket.

    M. W. Roberts says: "Bravo!"
  • Richard II: Arkangel Shakespeare | William Shakespeare

    Richard II: Arkangel Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Rupert Graves, Julian Glover, John Wood
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    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.

    Darwin8u says: "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."
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