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The Clan of the Cave Bear

205 ratings

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This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind.  To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly - she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge. 

©1980 by Jean M. Auel. (P)1986 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Insurgent

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One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable - and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature. Motion Picture Artwork TM & © 2015 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved

©2012 Veronica Roth (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Steve Jobs [French Version]

56 ratings

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A partir d'une quarantaine d'interviews exclusives et de multiples rencontres avec sa famille, ses proches, ses collaborateurs comme ses concurrents, Walter Isaacson a reconstitué d'une façon magistrale la vie, l'œuvre et la vision du monde d'un des plus grands innovateurs de notre XXIe siècle qui a su allier le plus haut degré de technicité avec le raffinement esthétique. D'une voix pimentée d'une pointe de savoureuse étrangeté, Lemmy Constantine donne tout son relief au récit de cette vie hors norme.

©2011 by Walter Isaacson, Tous droits réservés 2011, Editions Jean-Claude Lattès pour la traduction française et (P)201 2

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Classic Love Poems

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Audie Award Finalist, Best Male Narrator, 2016 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. Included in this collection are: "How do I love thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning "Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe "To Be One with Each Other" by George Eliot "Maud" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell "Bright Star" by John Keats "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 "Meeting at Night" by Robert Browning "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron "Give All to Love" by Ralph Waldo Emerson About the Performer Richard Armitage is known to movie audiences around the world as "Thorin Oakenshield" in the trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. Born in Leicester, England, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Armitage has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and created memorable roles on Robin Hood, North & South, and other British TV series.

Public Domain (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Hamlet: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

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Folger Shakespeare Library, The World’s Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, brings Hamlet to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. 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.

Public Domain (P)Simon & Schuster

Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
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Macbeth: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

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Folger Shakespeare Library, The World’s Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings Macbeth to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. 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. 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.

Public Domain (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
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The Return of the Native

26 ratings

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Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine) Exclusively from Audible  Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different from hers, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.  Considered a truly modern story due to its sexual politics and hindered desires it still holds relevance to audiences today. There is a tension between the symbolic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters that makes the listener question our freedom to shape our lives as we wish. Are we always able to live our dreams?  Like George Eliot, Hardy was a Victorian realist whose novels and poetry were greatly influenced by Romanticism, especially the poet William Wordsworth. His critical thoughts on Victorian society can be seen throughout much of his work.  Narrator Biography  Multi-award winning actor and director Alan Rickman, famous for roles such as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), had a varied career that included performing on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company in modern and classical theatre productions. In America, he gained recognition for his Broadway appearance in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985) and later his role in Die Hard (1988) made him internationally famous. Other notable performances included his 2001 return to the West End and Broadway in Noël Coward's Private Lives and Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman in 2010. Rickman is most remembered for his roles in films such as Love Actually (2003) and Sweeney Todd (2007) as well as voicing Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), and Absalom the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). 

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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The Tempest

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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, this new production, directed by John Tydeman, balances the magic and the earthiness, with music playing a key role. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2004 Naxos AudioBooks

Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
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Macbeth

16 ratings

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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. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Macbeth; Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth; Josh Cooke as Banquo and others; J.D. Cullum as Macduff and Second Murderer; Dan Donohue as Ross; Jeannie Elias as Second Witch and others; Chuma Gault as Lennox and Servant; Jon Matthews as Malcolm; Alan Shearman as Angus and others; André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain, Third Witch and others; Kate Steele as Lady Macduff, First Witch and Apparition; Kris Tabori as Duncan and others. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Sound effects by Tony Palermo. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in May 2011.

Public Domain (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works

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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

13 ratings

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Folger Shakespeare Library, The World’s Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings A Midsummer Night's Dream to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. 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. While all of this is going on, Bottom and his companions ineptly stage the tragedy of "Pyramus and Thisbe". 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.

Public Domain (P)Simon & Schuster

Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
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Romeo and Juliet: The Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

11 ratings

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Folger Shakespeare Library, The World's Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings Romeo and Juliet to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. 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.

Public Domain (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
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How to Be Heard

11 ratings

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Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Renowned five-time TED Talk speaker and author Julian Treasure reveals how to speak so that people listen - and how to listen so that people feel heard. As this leading sound expert demonstrates via interviews with world-class speakers, professional performers, and CEOs at the tops of their fields, the secret lies in developing simple habits that can transform our communication skills, the quality of our relationships, and our impact in the world. Julian Treasure offers an inspiring vision for a sonorous world of effective speaking, listening, and understanding. Communication skills, secrets, and tips discussed in this book include - how to make sound work for you to improve well-being and happiness; why listening matters and how listening and speaking affect one another; the power of your vocal toolbox and how to build your speaking power; how to plan and structure content so you always hit the bull's-eye; exercises and methods to achieve clarity and impact; and how to deliver like a professional speaker to win over any audience. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2017 Julian Treasure (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Hamlet: The Arkangel Shakespeare

9 ratings

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Shakespeare's most famous play is one of the greatest stories in the literature of the world. 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. Hamlet is played by Simon Russell Beale. Imogen Stubbs plays Ophelia, Jane Lapotaire is Gertrude, and Bob Peck is Claudius. Polonius is played by Norman Rodway.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Only For Tonight

9 ratings

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He’s bossy, moody, and overprotective.  He’s also a pro athlete who needs to focus on winning games and staying out of the headlines.  I’m fiercely independent and need a man like I need a second period each month.  So when our worlds collide, I never expected him to be the one to jump in and save me. Especially not when my roommate disappears, leaving me with her baby.  I’m clueless about babies - and it shows. Good thing Alexei isn’t. With six nieces and nephews and an apparent hero complex, the dude is both sexy and more than capable. It’s a combination that makes it easy to forget we’re just playing house.  This audiobook includes the bonus novella Bossy Brit, which is only available in audio in this edition of Finding Alexei. It is narrated by Shane East and Erin Mallon.

©2019 Kendall Ryan (P)2019 Kendall Ryan

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King Lear

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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. Lear is played by Trevor Peacock and Gloucester by Clive Merrison. Penny Downie is Goneril, Samantha Bond is Regan, and Julia Ford is Cordelia. Edgar is played by David Tennant, Edmund by Gerard Murphy, and the Fool by John Rogan.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Much Ado about Nothing

8 ratings

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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. Beatrice is played by Saskia Reeves, while Samuel West plays Benedick. Paul Jesson is Don Pedro, Jason O'Mara is Claudio, and Abigail Docherty is Hero. Dogberry is played by Bryan Pringle.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Titus Andronicus

8 ratings

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The noble Titus returns victorious to Rome bringing Tamora, Queen of the Goths as his captive. When one of Tamora's sons is condemned to die, she vows revenge, and, aided by the villainous Aaron, she exacts a terrible retribution, inaugurating a grim cycle of rape, murder, and cannibalism. This macabre, often brilliant tragedy comes from the earliest stage of Shakespeare's dramatic career. Titus is played by David Troughton and Tamora by Harriet Walter. Paterson Joseph is Aaron, and David Burke is Marcus.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Twelfth Night

6 ratings

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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. Niamh Cusack is Viola, Jonathan Firth is Orsino, Amanda Root plays Olivia, Dinsdale Landen plays Sir Toby Belch, and Julian Glover is Malvolio.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Othello (Dramatized)

6 ratings

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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. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2008 Naxos Audiobooks (P)2008 Naxos Audiobooks

Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
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Romeo and Juliet

6 ratings

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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. In this production, Romeo is played by Joseph Fiennes and Juliet by Maria Miles. Elizabeth Spriggs is the Nurse.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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Othello

6 ratings

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This widely studied play is one of the "best sellers" of the Shakespeare canon. This production is the sixth Shakespeare play in the series undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press. The full cast also includes Roger May, Roy Spencer, Simon Weir, David Timson, Jonathan Keeble, Stephen Thorne, Peter Yapp, John McAndrew, and Alison Pettit. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2010 Naxos Audiobooks

Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
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Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Tragedies

6 ratings

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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.

Romeo and Juliet: the Montagues and the Capulets are sworn enemies, so when Romeo Montague falls in love with Juliet Capulet, tragedy ensues. This fateful tale of two young star-crossed lovers is one of Shakespeare's most popular dramas. First broadcast in 1970, starring Ian McKellen as Romeo.

Hamlet: one of the most powerful, influential and thrilling tragedies in the English language, and the story of Prince Hamlet and his quest for vengeance never fails to enthral. First broadcast in 1971, starring Ronald Pickup as the Prince of Denmark.

Macbeth: the notorious 'Scottish Play' is a gripping tale of vaulting ambition, witchcraft, madness and murder that has kept generations of audiences spellbound. First broadcast in 1966, starring Paul Scofield as Macbeth and Peggy Ashcroft as Lady Macbeth.

Recorded at BBC Broadcasting House and featuring the BBC Drama Repertory company, with specially composed music including a score from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, this is classic radio drama at its finest. Duration: 7 hours 30 mins approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Limited (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Limited

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The Merchant of Venice

6 ratings

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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. Portia is played by Hadyn Gwynne and Shylock by Trevor Peacock. Julian Rhind-Tutt is Bassanio, and Bill Nighy is Antonio.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Hour of Need

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A 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award finalist from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh.While fighting in Afghanistan, Major Grant Barrett receives devastating news: his brother and sister-in-law have been murdered in Scarlet Falls, the sleepy suburb of Grant’s youth. Emotionally scarred from war, the career soldier returns home on emergency leave to temporarily care for his orphaned nephew and niece. But when someone tries to kidnap the kids and their teenage babysitter, Grant knows it’s not a random act…and neither were the murders.Already devastated by her neighbors’ violent deaths, Ellie Ross is shattered by the attempted abduction of her teenage daughter so she desperately turns to Grant for help. As they navigate a deadly search for the truth, they struggle with growing feelings for each other and Grant’s impending return to Afghanistan.But time is running out. The killer is growing bolder by the hour, and Ellie and Grant must find him before the children become his next victims.Bestselling author Melinda Leigh delivers another gritty mystery simmering with spine-tingling passion in this first Scarlet Falls novel.

©2014 Melinda Leigh (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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The Grip of It

6 ratings

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Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move - prompted by James' penchant for gambling, his inability to keep his impulses in check - is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But this house, which sits between lake and forest, has plans for the unsuspecting couple. As Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture - claustrophobic, riddled with hidden rooms within rooms - becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall - contracting, expanding - and map themselves onto Julie's body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embark on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julie and James. Written in creepy, potent prose, The Grip of It is an enthralling, psychologically intense novel that deals in questions of home: how we make it and how it in turn makes us, inhabiting the bodies and the relationships we cherish.

©2017 Jac Jemc (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Othello

5 ratings

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This great tragedy confronts the mystery at the heart of evil and contains some of Shakespeare's most magnificent dramatic verse. 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. Othello is played by Don Warrington, David Threlfall is Iago, Anne-Marie Duff is Desdemona, and Jasper Britton plays Cassio.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Julius Caesar

5 ratings

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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. Shakespeare may have written Julius Caesar as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe in 1599. For it he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar's death at the hands of friends and fellow politicians. Renaissance writers disagreed over the assassination, seeing Brutus, a leading conspirator, as either hero or villain. Shakespeare's play keeps this debate alive. This new, unabridged audio recording of the well-respected edition of Shakespeare's classic--expertly produced by the Folger Theatre--is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

©1992 The Folger Shakespeare Library (P)2015 Simon and Schuster

Narrator: full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
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The Tempest

5 ratings

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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. Prospero is played by Bob Peck, Ariel by Adrian Lester, Jennifer Ehle is Miranda, Simon Russell Beale is Antonio, Jamie Glover is Ferdinand, and Richard McCabe plays Caliban.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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The Comedy of Errors

5 ratings

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Chaos and confusion mount to a crescendo in a wild and fast-paced comedy of mistaken identity, one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. Young Antipholus of Syracuse is searching the world for his identical twin brother, separated from him at birth. With him is his servant Dromio, who lost his twin brother at the same time. The pair arrive in Ephesus where, unbeknownst to them, their twins are living. Antipholus of Syracuse is played by David Tennant, Antipholus of Ephesus by Brendan Coyle. Alan Cox and Jason O'Mara are the two Dromios, while Niamh and Sorcha Cusack play Adriana and Luciana.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Richard III

5 ratings

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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. Richard III is played by David Troughton. Saskia Wickham plays Lady Anne, Margaret Robertson plays Queen Margaret, and Philip Voss is Buckingham.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

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In the tradition of Zadie Smith and Marlon James, a debut novel, set in Barbados, about four people confronting violence and love in a beachfront “paradise”.  In Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister, a cautionary tale about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers and go into the Baxter’s Tunnels. When she’s grown-up, Lala lives on the beach with her husband, Adan, a petty criminal with endless charisma whose thwarted burglary of one of the beach mansions sets off a chain of events with terrible consequences.  A gunshot no one was meant to witness. A new mother whose baby is found lifeless on the beach. A woman torn between two worlds and incapacitated by grief. And two men, driven into the Tunnels by desperation and greed, who attempt a crime that may cost them their freedom - and their lives. How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is an intimate and visceral portrayal of interconnected lives across race and class in a rapidly changing resort town, told by an astonishing new author of literary fiction. 

©2021 Cherie Jones (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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Richard II

5 ratings

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Shakespeare's finest verse play is also his first portrait of the psychology of power.  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. Meanwhile Bolingbroke's seizure of the crown has caused resentment among the nobles of England.  Rupert Graves is Richard II, and Julian Glover is Bolingbroke. John Wood plays John of Gaunt. 

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
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Macbeth: The Arkangel Shakespeare

5 ratings

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Sinister supernatural forces are at work in this fast-paced tragedy of guilt and retribution, in which the power of human beings to control their own destiny is called into question.  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.  Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are played by Hugh Ross and Harriet Walter.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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Shakespeare: The Complete Works

4 ratings

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William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present Argo Classics, a historic catalogue of classic prose and verse read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. For the first time, the complete works of Shakespeare are available to download as one. This collection includes all 37 plays, four narrative poems and the sonnets. Performed by an incredible array of the 20th century’s greatest actors, Ian McKellen, Timothy West, Diana Rigg, Derek Jacobi, Roy Dotrice, Prunella Scales and many others can be heard in these recordings. All of the Shakespeare plays within the Argo Classics catalogue are performed by the Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players. The Marlowe was founded in 1907 with a mission to focus on effective delivery of verse, respect the integrity of texts and rescue neglected plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and the less performed plays of Shakespeare himself. The Marlowe has performed annually at Cambridge Arts Theatre since its opening in 1936 and continues to produce some of the finest actors of their generations.

Public Domain (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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As You Like It

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This pastoral comedy is one of Shakespeare's best loved, owing to its delightful heroine - the wise, witty, and virtuous Rosalind. 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. Rosalind is played by Niamh Cusack, Orlando by Stephen Mangan. Victoria Hamilton is Celia, and Gerard Murphy is Jaques.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Measure for Measure: The Arkangel Shakespeare

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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. Roger Allam plays the duke and Simon Russell Beale is Angelo. Isabella is played by Stella Gonet.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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John Gielgud's Hamlet (Dramatized)

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This outstanding historical recording made in 1941 for radio is widely regarded as one of the finest Hamlet performances ever, and one of John Gielgud's greatest moments. Though he went on to record it for commercial release, nothing matched this recording in the BBC studios, made before the days of editing.

Public Domain (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks

Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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Hamlet

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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.If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation.From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of three Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio, and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2009 SmartPass Ltd (P)2009 SmartPass Ltd

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BBC Radio Shakespeare

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BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.   In Much Ado, the clarity of radio allows the wonderful verbal sparring between Beatrice and Benedick to sparkle as high comedy and melodrama mix magically in a combination of prose and verse. Revitalised, original and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

©2001 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2001 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
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The Classic Hundred Poems

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Adopting the methodology of the music charts, The Classic Hundred Poems presents the "top 100" poems of all time. Determined by a consensus of over 1,000 compilers, and arranged in chronological order, each author's work is illuminated by the informative notes of editor William Harmon, who offers insight into the historical period in which each author lived and the author's choice of verse form, tone, and style. This program is read by an ensemble of contemporary poets, including Alfred Corn, Rita Dove, Cornelius Eady, Jorie Graham, Eamon Grennan, Anthony Hecht, Maureen Howard, and James Merrill.

©1990, 1997 Columbia University Press (P)16 9; 1998 HighBridge Company

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Henry IV, Part 1

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This play introduces Shakespeare's greatest comedic character, the dissolute knight Sir John Falstaff. 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. Hal is played by Jamie Glover and King Henry by Julian Glover. Richard Griffiths is Falstaff.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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The Winter's Tale

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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. One of the late romances in Shakespeare's canon, this complex work is at times tragic, at times humorous, but always entertaining and enlightening. Sinead Cusack plays Hermione, and Ciaran Hinda plays Leontes. Eileen Atkins is Paulina and Paul Jesson is Polixenes. Time the Chorus is played by Sir John Gielgud.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Measure for Measure

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A performance of the tragi-comedy by the Royal Shakespeare Company. When a young woman is offered the choice of saving a man's life at the price of her own chastity, what should she do? The political and moral corruption of Vienna has driven Duke Vincentio into hiding while his deputy governor, Angelo, is left to revive the old discipline of civic authority. Angelo's first act is to imprison Claudio, a young nobleman who has gotten his betrothed, Juliet, with child. Under the old laws, this is punishable by death. Angelo next offers Isabella, sister to Claudio and a beautiful young novice about to take her vows, the chance to save her brother's life at the price of her own chastity. Disguised as a friar, the duke returns to manipulate the players and deliver justice in one of Shakespeare's darkest plays, an examination of the nature of justice and morality.

(P)1979 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
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Romeo and Juliet

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The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Calista Flockhart as Juliet; Matthew Wolf as Romeo; Julie White as Nurse; Alan Mandell as Friar Laurence; Richard Chamberlain as Prince Escalus; Nicholas Hormann as Lord Capulet; Josh Stamberg as Mercutio; Mark J. Sullivan as Benvolio and others; Logan Fahey as Tybalt and Balthasar; Alfred Molina as Chorus; Henry Clarke as Paris and others; Lily Knight as Lady Capulet; Janine Barris as Young Lady, Boy Page to Paris and others; Darren Richardson as Sampson and Peter; Alan Shearman as Lord Montague and others; André Sogliuzzo as Gregory and others; and Sarah Zimmerman as Lady Montague and others. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in January, 2012.

©2012 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2012 L.A. Theatre Works

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As You Like It

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Love triumphs in As You Like It, Shakespeare's joyous comic adventure! Rosalind, arguably Shakespeare's greatest female character, is banished from court and follows her exiled father into the untamed Forest of Arden. Disguised as a man for safety, Rosalind's great wit and good nature show through her male trappings as she engages with fools and philosophers adrift in the woods, and ultimately falls in love. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Lynn Collins as Rosalind Jeff Gardner as Silvius/Jaques de Boys Alexis Jacknow as Audrey/Dennis/Lords/Pages Stacy Keach as Jaques James Marsters as Duke Frederick/Duke Senior André Sogliuzzo as Adam/Charles/Others Summer Spiro as Phebe/Amiens/Others James Waterston as Orlando Jules Wilcox as Celia Matthew Wolf as Touchstone/Oliver Directed by Barry Creyton. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in April of 2016.

Public Domain (P)2016 L.A. Theatre Works

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

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It is said that Queen Elizabeth gave Shakespeare two weeks to write this play that showcases her favorite comedic character, Sir John Falstaff. The dissolute Falstaff plans to seduce Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, two "Merry Wives of Windsor," there by gaining access to their husbands' wealth. The two women have the old rogue's measure, however, and Falstaff's plots lead only to his own humiliation. But the merry wives themselves fall prey to plotting as their plans to prevent Mistress Page's daughter Anne from marrying the young man she loves are frustrated in their turn. Dinsdale Landen is Falstaff. Sylvestra Le Touzel plays Mistress Ford and Penny Downie is Mistress Page. Nicholas Woodeson is Ford, Phillip Jackson is Page, and Clive Swift plays Justice Shallow.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Julius Caesar: The Arkangel Shakespeare

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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. Brutus is played by John Bowe and Mark Antony by Adrian Lester. Michael Feast is Caesar.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
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Henry VI, Part 3

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The monstrous power of one of Shakespeare's most memorable characters, Richard Plantagenet, emerges in Henry VI, Part 3, a portent of things to come. The Yorkists have been temporarily victorious and the Duke of York has assumed the throne, but the Lancastrians, led by Queen Margaret, counter-attack. As the fortunes of war shift, both the innocent and the guilty are swept up in the maelstrom. And increasingly dominant amid the chaos is the sinister figure of the crook-backed Richard, Duke of Gloucester. David Tennant plays Henry VI, and Kelly Hunter plays Queen Margaret. Clive Merrison is the Duke of York, Stephen Boxer is Edward IV, and John Bowe is Warwick. Richard of Gloucester is played by David Troughton.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Hamlet

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Jamie Parker stars as the Prince of Denmark in this brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast production.

At the Castle of Elsinore in Denmark, the court is uneasy. The king of Denmark has recently died and the throne has been claimed by the king's brother, Claudius. Prince Hamlet, still in mourning for his father, distrusts Claudius and believes that what has happened at the court 'cannot come to good’. The ghost of his father has told him he was murdered by Claudius. Can it be true? He arranges for a troupe of players to emulate such a murder before the court, in the hope that the truth will out.

As circumstances play out, and Hamlet is variously counselled and challenged by the King and Queen, Laertes, Polonius, Ophelia, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the fabric of the court starts to unravel. Soon Hamlet’s indecision leads to a series of tragic events - and to what end?

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
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Complete Shakespeare Tales

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Friendship, betrayal, wisdom, humour, epic romance, jealousy, adventure, bravery and murder. There's everything in those iconic Shakespeare stories. His work transcends generations and appeals endlessly to other writers. His dramatic structures are both simple and complicated, intertwined with numerous relationships, which reappear in our lives again and again.  This iconic collection of Shakespeare tales includes 20 of his most prominent works adapted by Edith Nesbit and transformed into modern English.  This collection includes the following Romeo and Juliet A Midsummer Night's Dream Hamlet King Lear The Tempest As You Like It The Winter's Tale Twelfth Night Much Ado About Nothing Pericles Cymbeline Macbeth The Comedy of Errors The Merchant of Venice Measure for Measure Othello The Taming of the Shrew Timon of Athens The Two Gentlemen of Verona All's Well That Ends Well Read in English, unabridged.

©2018 Sovereign (P)2018 Sovereign

Narrator: Josh Verbae
Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
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BBC Radio Shakespeare: A Collection of Four History Plays

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Four full-cast BBC Radio productions of Shakespeare's finest history plays. Introduced by Sir Richard Eyre, these four iconic productions, featuring star casts, bring Shakespeare's gripping histories to life in all their rich complexity. Henry IV, Part One Young Prince Hal struggles with his responsibilities as heir to the throne, preferring the company of the dissolute Falstaff. But when England is threatened with rebellion, will he do his duty? Father and son Julian Glover and Jamie Glover star as King Henry and Prince Hal, with Timothy West as Falstaff. Henry IV, Part Two The realm is still in danger, and the king is dying. It is time for Prince Hal to fulfil his royal destiny - but what will become of his old friend Falstaff? Starring Julian Glover, Jamie Glover and Timothy West. Richard II This lyrically tragic history encompasses themes of nobility and kingship, as King Richard is brought to his own destruction - but was he justly punished for his excesses or a misunderstood victim? Samuel West stars as Richard II, with Joss Ackland as John of Gaunt and Damian Lewis as Bolingbroke. Pericles Featuring world music and a multicultural cast, this timeless tale with a contemporary twist features tyrants, incest, murder, young love and a great hero cruelly separated from his wife and daughter. Will he ever see them again? Benjamin Zephaniah stars as the narrator, Gower.

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Timon of Athens

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This controversial play follows the declining fortunes of a man of extravagant contradictions. The fabulously rich Timon believes all his friends to be as open-hearted and generous as himself. When his wealth suddenly evaporates, however, he discovers the truth and his altruism turns to a bitter hatred of mankind. Stirred up by the cynical Apemantus, Timon retreats to the woods where he plots the destruction of Athens, the city that had formerly seemed to embody everything pleasurable and civilized. The cosmic scope of his hatred is communicated in a series of powerful and disturbing dramatic tableaux. Alan Howard is Timon and Norman Rodway is Apemantus. Damian Lewis play Alcibiades.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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The Two Noble Kinsmen

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Palamon and Arcite, cousins and bosom friends, are taken prisoner by Duke Theseus of Athens. While in captivity, they spy the beautiful Emilia. Both fall instantly in love with her, and their attachment to each other turns to hate. This dark-edged tragicomedy is now widely regarded as having been written by Shakespeare in collaboration with John Fletcher. Composed sometime in 1613-14, The Two Noble Kinsmen is the final play in Shakespeare's dramatic career. Jonathan Firth plays Palamon, Nigel Cooke is Arcite, and Emilia is played by Helen Schlesinger.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Proteus loves Julia in Verona, Valentine loves Silvia in Milan. But when Proteus meets Silvia, he falls for her too, and the heartbroken Julia sets out in pursuit. This delightful and sometimes disquieting early comedy of love lost and found offers lyrical poetry, disguise, clowning, outlaws, and a most unreliable dog. Proteus is played by Michael Maloney and Valentine by Damian Lewis. Silvia is Saskia Wickham, Julia is Lucy Robinson, and John Woodvine plays Launce.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Seven Ages

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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. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1998 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)1998 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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BBC Radio Shakespeare

2 ratings

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BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

In this story of evil cunning perverting a once noble mind, radio captures Iago's sly hints and boasts to the audience with shocking clarity. The listener is led along an emotional path that grips with fascinating horror until the play's inevitably tragic conclusion.

Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

©2001 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2001 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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Richard III

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The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings Richard III to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition. In Richard III, Shakespeare invites us on a moral holiday. The play draws us to identify with Richard and his fantasy of total control of self and domination of others. Not yet king at the start of the play, Richard presents himself as an enterprising villain as he successfully plans to dispose of his brother, Clarence. Richard achieves similar success in conquering the woman he chooses to marry. He carves a way to the throne through assassination and executions. But Richard also meets resistance, most threateningly from Queen Margaret, widow of King Henry VI, whom he killed before the play’s beginning. Margaret issues a stream of curses, including one on Richard. Gradually the curses are fulfilled, suggesting the curse on Richard may come true, too. Increasingly the play directs our sympathies away from Richard. His supporters desert him; his victims pile up. We may begin to share in the desire for vengeance voiced by Margaret. This new unabridged audio recording of the well-respected edition of Shakespeare's classic, expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

©1996 The Folger Shakespeare Library (P)2015 Simon and Schuster

Narrator: full cast
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Comedies

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Three classic radio productions from the BBC archives starring Nigel Hawthorne, Miriam Margolyes, Geraldine McEwan 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.

The Taming of the Shrew: the controversial comedy about the battle of the sexes and a very unconventional marriage, starring Fenella Fielding as Katherine, with Miriam Margolyes as Bianca and Paul Daneman as Petruchio.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays, this tale of warring fairies, eloping lovers and the magic and madness of love has bewitched audiences since its very first performance. Starring Nigel Hawthorne as Oberon, with Maureen O'Brien as Titania.

Twelfth Night: mistaken identity and a tangled love triangle lead to confusion and, ultimately, happiness in this comic masterpiece. Starring Dorothy Tutin as Viola, with Geraldine McEwan as Olivia and Stephen Murray as Malvolio.

Recorded at BBC Broadcasting House and featuring the BBC Drama Repertory company, with specially composed music including a score from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, this is classic radio drama at its finest.

Duration: seven hours approx.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Shakespeare's most imaginative and merry play is set in an enchanted wood amidst fairies and sprites. 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. Hermia is played by Amanda Root, Oberon by David Harewood, and Bottom by Roy Hudd.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 1

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This perfect poetry companion brings the words of the world's favorite poets to life. Hearing poetry spoken - as it was originally intended to be heard - adds dramatically to your understanding and appreciation of the form. Be moved, amused, and awed by these expert interpretations of even the most familiar poems. Revisit classics through the 1850s such as: "Sonnet 18 (Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day)" by William Shakespeare "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor ColeridgeOther poets included in this collection are: Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Omar Khayyam, Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Robert Herrick, John Milton, Anne Bradstreet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alexander Pope, John Keats, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Blake, Robert Burns, John Greenleaf Whittier, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Wordsworth, Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alfred Tennyson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Emily Bronte, and Robert Browning.This is Volume 1 of The Best Poems of All Time. Don't miss Volume 2.

©2001 by Warner Books, Inc., All Rights Reserved (P)2001 Time Warner AudioBooks

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Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation

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How did Shakespeare sound to the audiences of his day? For the first time, this audio offers listeners the chance to hear England's greatest playwright performed by a company of actors using the pronunciation of his time. Under the guidance of Ben Crystal, actor, author of Shakespeare on Toast, and an expert in original Shakespearian pronunciation, the company performs some of Shakespeare's best-known poems, solo speeches, and scenes from the plays. Hear new meanings uncovered, new jokes revealed, poetic effects enhanced. An essential purchase for every student and lover of Shakespeare. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2012 The British Library Board

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Macbeth

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Experience Macbeth 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. This unabridged drama is also presented without commentary. If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audiobook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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King Richard III

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Written in 1593, King Richard III is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. This play differs from its predecessors, being amore structured piece, examining the development and motivations of a single character, Richard Duke of Gloucester, who will stop at nothing to gain control of the throne occupied by his brother Edward IV. Richard III is a self-motivating character who defies determinism (a life preordained by God) and sets his life on a course chosen by his own will and desire, as he puns in the opening soliloquy: "I am determined to be a villain. Determined by birth and God, and determined in the other sense, by his own will."

©2001 NAXOS AudioBooks (P)2001 NAXOS AudioBooks

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King Lear

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Shakespeare's King Lear ranks with Sophocles' Oedipus as a tragic hero destroyed by his own good intentions. From the moment when Lear unfolds his darker purpose, we are drawn into an ineluctable chain of events that leads through betrayal, deceit, destructive family conflict, reconciliation, despair, and death. Considered by many to be the most grueling of Shakespeare's tragedies - Samuel Johnson found the death of Cordelia too heartbreaking to contemplate - this play represents the work of a master dramatist at the height of his powers.

Public Domain (P)2016 Voices of Today

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Julius Caesar

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The skies over ancient Rome blaze with terrifying portents, and soothsayers warn Julius Caesar of approaching doom. As conspiracy swirls through the city, Shakespeare explores the deep repercussions of political murder on the human heart. A classic tale of duplicity, betrayal and murder, masterfully performed by an all-star, all-American cast in this BBC co-production.

Public Domain (P)1995 L.A. Theatre Works

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Julius Caesar

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Experience Julius Caesar 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.If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of three Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio, and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2009 SmartPass Ltd (P)2009 SmartPass Ltd

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Henry VI, Part 2

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Rife with intrigue and treachery, this history play depicts the onset of the fifteenth-century Wars of the Roses between the houses of Lancaster and York. 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. David Tennant plays Henry VI, and Kelly Hunter plays Queen Margaret. Norman Rodway is the Duke of Gloucester, Isla Blair the Duchess of Gloucester, and Clive Merrison plays the Duke of York.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Henry V

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Experience Henry V 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. If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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Henry IV, Part 1 (Dramatised)

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One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays is here performed by The Marlowe Society with Anthony Jacobs, Corin Redgrave, Paul Scofield and many other very fine actors. The story itself follows on from that of Shakespeare’s Richard II (also available in this series) and begins with Hotspur's battle at Homildon against the Douglas late in 1402 and ends with the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury in the middle of 1403. Within those boundaries are many familiar themes; having ascended to the throne Henry begins to doubt the loyalty of his friends and amplifies the power of his enemies. But Henry must move to quell those who might usurp him….

©2010 Horse's Mouth (P)2010 Horse's Mouth

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BBC Radio Shakespeare: A Collection of Six Tragedies

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Six full-cast BBC Radio productions of Shakespeare's classic tragedies. Treachery, betrayal and fatal power struggles are among the themes of these six iconic productions of Shakespeare's timeless tragedies. Featuring all-star casts, they are introduced by Sir Richard Eyre. Hamlet Shakespeare's powerfully poetic tragedy of murder, madness and revenge stars Michael Sheen as the prince of Denmark, with Kenneth Cranham as Claudius and Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude. Macbeth In this notorious 'Scottish play', a lust for power and the prophecy of three witches transform a brave nobleman into a traitor and murderous tyrant. Ken Stott stars as Macbeth and Phyllis Logan as Lady Macbeth. King Lear The tragic consequences of evil triumphing over truth and of the vanity of old age, are set in motion when Lear banishes his favourite daughter, Cordelia, from court. Starring Corin Redgrave as King Lear, with David Troughton, Geraldine James and Robert Glenister. Othello Evil cunning perverts a once noble mind, as heroic General Othello is destroyed by both his own jealousy and the machinations of the devious Iago. Ray Fearon stars as Othello, with James Frain as Iago. Romeo and Juliet An updated version of Shakespeare's tragedy of feuding families and doomed love, set in modern Verona and starring Douglas Henshall as Romeo and Sophie Dahl as Juliet. Cymbeline When Cymbeline discovers his daughter Imogen's secret marriage to Posthumus, he banishes her husband. But Posthumus' boasts of his wife's chastity provoke lachimo to attempt her seduction. Bill Wallis stars as Cymbeline.

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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BBC Radio Shakespeare

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Three full-cast BBC Radio productions of Shakespeare's most famous Roman plays. Featuring all-star casts and introduced by Sir Richard Eyre, these three iconic productions of Shakespeare's dynamic Roman histories are full of political intrigue, passion and tragedy. Julius Caesar This updated version of Shakespeare's classic play is set in Italy in 1925. Julius Caesar, a new Roman dictator, has swept to power, and his way is clear to assume total control - unless a coup by Cassius and Brutus can alter the tide of history. Nicholas Farrell stars as Brutus and Gerard Murphy as Julius Caesar. Coriolanus When Rome's greatest hero, the warrior Coriolanus, divides the people and the patricians through his arrogance, he is driven into exile. Samuel West stars as Coriolanus, with Susannah York as Volumnia. Antony and Cleopatra Shakespeare's last great tragedy is an action epic set against the political backdrop of the Roman Empire and the centre of Egyptian culture, Alexandria. But at the heart of the play is the story of what happens when two people fall in love. Starring Frances Barber as Cleopatra and David Harewood as Mark Antony.

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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All's Well That Ends Well

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The young and virtuous physician's daughter Helena desperately loves Count Bertram, but he regards her as beneath his notice. When Helena cures the king of France of a mortal illness, he rewards her with Bertram's hand, but before their marriage can be consummated the count flees. To win her husband back again, Helena forms a daring and resourceful plan. A plot to unmask the strutting soldier Parolles makes up another strand in this sometimes disturbing comedy of deception and disguise.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
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Shakespeare at the RSC

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Hear the finest actors who have performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company perform some of the Bard's most treasured speeches. This recording includes world-class actors John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Peggy Ashcroft, and Edith Evans in a collection of favourite Shakespearean scenes.

Public Domain (P)2012 Saland Publishing

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Love's Labour's Lost

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Complete and unabridged version of Shakespeare's comedy performed by a full cast including Derek Godfrey, Prunella Scales, and Diana Rigg.

©2013 Saland Publishing (P)2013 Saland Publishing

Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
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Love's Labor's Lost: The Arkangel Shakespeare

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A play replete with puns and double-entendres, this is one of Shakespeare's earliest and most lighthearted. 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. Berowne is played by Alex Jennings and Rosaline by Emma Fielding. Samantha Bond is the princess, and Greg Wise the king of Navarre. Alan Howard plays Don Armado.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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La tempestad

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Próspero, duque de Milán y un gran mago, fue traicionado por su hermano Antonio, y tras un complot, destituido de su cargo y desterrado, junto con su hija Miranda, a una extraña isla habitada por Ariel, un espíritu del aire, y un monstruo llamado Calibán.Con el objetivo de vengarse de esta traición y así, poder volver a Milán, Próspero trae, por medio de encantamientos, a sus hermanos a la isla y crea una tormenta sobrenatural, desatando la furia de una tempestad para exigir justicia y retomar su poder.La tempestad representa el caos interno y externo, que viene a purificar la historia. Traición, ambición de poder, venganza, perdón y amor son los temas que se tocan en esta obra, combinados con la magia y lo sobrenatural del entorno.Conocida como la última gran obra de Shakespeare, aquí el autor muestra su interés por las relaciones familiares y el perdón, situados en un ambiente poético y mítico. Es así que la originalidad de su escritura, la fuerza de la historia y el mensaje hacen de esta obra un clásico de placentera lectura. El reconocido William Shakespeare fue un dramaturgo, poeta y actor inglés nacido a de mediados del Siglo XVI. Autor de innumerables clásicos, como Romeo y Julieta, Hamlet, Sueño de una noche de Verano, Otelo y Macbeth, entre muchos otros; sus obras son símbolo de la literatura inglesa que valen la pena leer en cualquier época.

©2019 SAGA Egmont (P)2019 SAGA Egmont

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King Lear

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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 9th 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. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2002 CUP (P)2002 Naxos AudioBooks

Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
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Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare

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This strange, dark romance includes two songs composed by Shakespeare that are amongst the most beautiful in the English language. Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo that Imogen is unchaste and agrees to a test of her faithfulness. Sophie Thompson is Imogen, and Ben Porter is Posthumus. Cymbeline is played by Jack Shepherd; Suzanne Bertish is the Queen. Stephen Mangan plays Cloten, and Ron Cook plays Iachimo.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Coriolanus

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A classic performance of one of the Bard's classics. William Shakespeare lived between 1552 and 1616, but his work endures and is enjoyed the world over.

Public Domain (P)1962, 1996 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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Coriolanus

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Rome is a city divided, nobility and common-people locked in mutual suspicion. The patrician Caius Marcius, later called Coriolanus, is Rome's greatest soldier, but his proud refusal to accommodate himself to the demands of the plebeians leads to banishment and death. A Roman history as well as tragedy, Coriolanus is a complex and subtle exploration of the themes of absolution and compromise, both in the political world and in the life of the individual. Paul Jesson plays Coriolanus, and Marjorie Yates is Volumnia. Ewan Hooper plays Menenius.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Summary

A solo recording of Julius Caesar in an American dialect.

Public Domain (P)2015 Daniel Moore

Narrator: Daniel Moore
Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Summary

A solo recording of A Midsummer Night's Dream in an American dialect.

Public Domain (P)2015 Daniel Moore

Narrator: Daniel Moore
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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Valentine's Day at Glosser's

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What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a love poetry contest at the Glosser Bros. and Gee Bee department stores? The winner gets a shopping spree, but the best prize goes to the judges: falling in love. Sparks fly when Gee Bee girl meets Glosser Bros. boy, bringing together two great stores. But the boy from Glosser’s has a secret that could tear them apart...unless the magic of Valentine’s Day can help them see what a wonderful bargain they have in each other. If you love Glosser Bros., Gee Bee, or romance, you will love this story by the author of Long Live Glosser’s, Christmas at Glosser’s, Easter at Glosser’s, Halloween at Glosser’s, and A Glosser’s Christmas Love Story. "Jeschonek obviously loves Johnstown." (Arlene Johns, Johnstown Magazine)

©2019 Robert Jeschonek (P)2019 Robert Jeschonek

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Twelfth Night

Summary

Shakespeare's comedy is performed by a cast including Derek Godfrey, Patrick Garland, Prunella Scales and Peter Pears.

©2011 Saland Publishing (P)2011 Saland Publishing

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Troilus and Cressida

Summary

Lust poses as love and ambition as patriotism in this dark and brilliant play depicting the heroic action of the Trojan War.  Troy is besieged by the invading Greeks, but the young Trojan prince Troilus can think only of his love for Cressida. Her uncle Pandarus brings the two together, but after only one night news comes that Cressida must be sent to the enemy camp. There, as Troilus looks on, she yields to the wooing of the Greek Diomedes. The tragic story is undercut by the commentary of Thersites, who provides a cynical chorus.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
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The Winters Tale

Summary

Leontes, suspecting his wife's infidelity, imprisons her and exiles her infant daughter to a faraway island. Years later, his wife, presumed dead, is returned to him as a statue.

Public Domain (P)2002 Audio Book Contractors, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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The Winter's Tale

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Eve Best, Danny Sapani and Shaun Dooley star in this modern, riveting and magical production of The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare. The Winter's Tale treads new dramatic ground embracing tragedy, poetry, folklore, magic realism, music, comedy and the infamous stage direction 'exit pursued by a bear'. One of Shakespeare's mesmerising later productions, it is often considered a 'problem play' as it starts with a tragedy and ends in a romance.  The story starts with the consuming jealousy of King Leontes of Sicilia towards his wife Hermione and his childhood friend King Polixenes of Bohemia. Believing they are lovers and the child she is carrying is illegitimate, Leontes begins a destructive path: the breaking of his marriage and the abandonment of his child.  What seems hopeless, tragic and irreconcilable changes in act two where jealousy and actions arouse a passionate sense of honour, love, justice and self-sacrifice in members of his court and family. The baby, Perdita, is raised by a shepherd, unaware of her royal heritage. It seems she will never discover the truth of her birth, but when Prince Florizel sees her and falls in love, it seems fate has other ideas....  This production brings together a star cast and includes an original folk music score by award-winning musicians Lisa Knapp and Tim Van Eyken.  Production Credits Written by William Shakespeare Music composed by Tim Van Eyken and singer Lisa Knapp Director: David Hunter First Broadcast BBC Radio 4 on 1st May 2016 as part of The Shakespeare Sessions series Cast List Leontes - Danny Sapani Hermione - Eve Best Polixenes - Shaun Dooley Camillo - Karl Johnson Paulina - Susan Jameson Shepherd - Paul Copley Perdita - Faye Castelow Autolycus - Tim Van Eyken Florizel - Will Howard Mamillius - Charlie Brand Archidamus - Sean Baker Antigonus - Brian Protheroe Clown - Sam Rix Emilia - Scarlett Brookes Cleomenes - Richard Pepple Dion - Nick Underwood First Lady - Adie Allen Mopsa - Nicola Ferguson First Lord - James Lailey Mariner - Sargon Yelda Officer - Ewan Bailey

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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The Tragedy of King Lear

Summary

King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. It tells the tale of a king who bequeaths his power and land to two of his three daughters, after they declare their love for him in an extremely fawning and obsequious manner. His third daughter gets nothing, because she will not flatter him as her sisters had done. When he feels disrespected by the two daughters who now have his wealth and power, he becomes furious to the point of madness. He eventually becomes tenderly reconciled to his third daughter, just before tragedy strikes her and then the king. Derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological pre-Roman Celtic king, the play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors. The first attribution to Shakespeare of this play, originally drafted in 1605 or 1606 at the latest with its first known performance on St. Stephen's Day in 1606, was a 1608 publication in a quarto of uncertain provenance, in which the play is listed as a history; it may be an early draft or simply reflect the first performance text. The Tragedy of King Lear, a revised version that is better tailored for performance, was included in the 1623 First Folio. Modern editors usually conflate the two, though some insist that each version has its own individual integrity that should be preserved. Among the most significant works William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Orpheus, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Troilus and Cressida, The Tempest, Venus and Adonis, Antony and Cleopatra, Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale and many more.

©2020 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing (P)2020 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

Narrator: Mark Bowen
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
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The Taming of the Shrew (Dramatised)

Summary

Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed. An unabridged cast performance of Shakespeare's comedy about the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew.

Public Domain (P)2011 Saland Publishing

Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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The Taming of the Shrew

Summary

The Taming of the Shrew is a classic comedy by William Shakespeare featuring characters Petruchio and Katherina. The work is deeply laden with sexism and gender issues as Petruchio "tames" Katherina in an increasingly abusive relationship. A classic throughout the ages, you simply must hear this story.   Enjoy this masterpiece as narrated in stunning quality by the one and only David Hickling. The work of Atticus Direct studios speaks for itself - please enjoy our sample of the rendition.

Public Domain (P)2020 Atticus Direct

Narrator: David Hickling
Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
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The Merchant of Venice

Summary

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. Antonio falls into bad fortune and finds he cannot repay Shylock: A dramatic trial ensues to decide his fate.

©2008 Naxos Audiobooks (P)2008 Naxos Audiobooks

Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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The Complete Sonnets of William Shakespeare

Summary

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. With or without the mystery, with or without the epic greatness of their author's other works, the sonnets would still have their place among the greatest poems ever written. Compelling, subtle, intellectually rigorous yet taut with intense emotion, each poem survives reading, study and vibrant interpretation from one generation to the next. On this recording, great contemporary actors present the entire sequence, delivering the full range and power of virtuosity, emotional power and bristling intelligence that made Shakespeare great.

Public Domain (P)2009 Phoenix

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The Comedy of Errors

Summary

Twin brothers and their twin manservants, separated as infants by a shipwreck and unaware of each other, cross paths in Epheus when they are adults. What could possibly go wrong?

Public Domain (P)2002 Audio Book Contractors, LLC

Narrator: Flo Gibson
Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
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The Children's Shakespeare

Summary

Eight of Shakespeare's most celebrated plays have been specifically adapted to introduce young listeners to his works. Based on the work of E. Nesbit, these classic retellings capture the drama and flavor of each original play, while simplifying plot and detail.

©2009 Phoenix (P)2009 Phoenix

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Tales from Shakespeare

Summary

Discover Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. A perfect introduction for all ages to the breadth and beauty of Shakespeare's work, Tales from Shakespearehas become a classic work in its own right. The tales bring vividly alive the power of Hamlet and Macbeth, the fun of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the drama of The Tempest. Blending detailed narrative with original dialogue and poetic language, they fully convey the wit, wisdom, and imagination of Shakespeare's magnificent plays.

©2010 Penguin Books Ltd (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd

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SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Romeo and Juliet (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

Summary

The multi-award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options enables the student to choose pure Shakespeare or the fully explained SmartPass & Shakespeare. Full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. The poetry of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers is poignantly performed and expertly explained in this unique production: "Passion lends them power."

©2006 SmartPass Ltd. (P)2006 SmartPass Ltd.

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SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Macbeth (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

Summary

The multi-award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options enables the student to choose pure Shakespeare or the fully explained SmartPass & Shakespeare. Full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. "And nothing is, but what is not." Macbeth may be mystified by the Weird Sisters' words but this intense performance with incisive commentary cuts to the heart of Shakespeare's complex psychological tragedy. Please Note: This audio references accompanying material that is not included with the purchase of the audiobook.

©2006 SmartPass Ltd. (P)2006 SmartPass Ltd.

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SmartPass Audio Education Study Guide to Romeo and Juliet (Unabridged, Dramatised)

Summary

The multi-award winning SmartPass full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive running commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. The poetry of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers is poignantly performed and expertly explained in this unique production: "Passion lends them power."

©2003 SmartPass Ltd. (P)2003 SmartPass Ltd.

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Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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SmartPass Audio Education Study Guide to Macbeth (Unabridged, Dramatised)

Summary

The multi-award winning SmartPass full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive running commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. "And nothing is, but what is not." Macbeth may be mystified by the Weird Sisters' words but this intense performance with incisive commentary cuts to the heart of Shakespeare's complex psychological tragedy.

©2001 SmartPass Ltd. (P)2001 SmartPass Ltd.

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Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus

Summary

Titus Andronicus is believed to be Shakespeare's first tragedy and the revenge play is among the most violent and bloody of his canon. The story tells of a famous Roman general engaged in a cycle of revenge with his opponents. The version is abridged and adapted into plain English. This is a theatrical audio production by a full cast. It is completed with extensive interpretation including scene setting, the relationship between Titus Andronicus and Shakespeare's other works, interpretation of the key monologues and speeches of the play in Shakespearian language, detail on historical staging and study guide context, as well as details on this specific adaptation by the playwright Hazel Jeffs.  As such, this is a useful guide for anyone diving deeper into Shakespeare - whether as a student or an enthusiast. This version includes substantial additional material including analysis of the play, study guide questions, analysis of key questions, notes on historical staging, and how this play fits into the Shakespeare canon.

©2021 Oxted Press (P)2021 Oxted Press

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Shakespeare's Timon of Athens

Summary

This production is abridged and in plain English. Timon of Athens (The Life of Tymon of Athens) is perhaps Shakespeare's sharpest satire on wealth, greed, and betrayal. Scholars generally classify Timon either as a tragedy or a problem play.  Timon is wealthy and generous, but his is a spendthrift throwing lavish parties for his guests and offering financial support on a whim. This means everyone loves him, until the money abruptly runs out as Timon finds creditors at his door. Timon's friends are no longer as welcoming. Timon departs Athens, where despite being destitute, he still has an influential role to play.  It is believed that Shakespeare wrote the play with Thomas Middleton in the early 1600s. The play is believed to draw on earlier works from William Painter, Plutarch, and Lucian. Timon is among Shakespeare's less popular works and has been criticized by some scholars, though others view Timon himself as among some of Shakespeare's deepest characters.  This adaptation by Hazel Jeffs presents an abridged version of Shakespeare's work in plain English. It is a full cast theatrical production lasting around 20 minutes.

©2021 Hazel Jeffs (P)2021 Historical Audiobooks

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Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John - Abridged, Full Cast, Plain English (Adaptation)

Summary

The Life and Death of King John tells the story of the reign of King John of England (1199-1216). The story is about ongoing tensions that spill over into war between England and France, while King John deals faces consistent palace intrigue. This play has been adapted into plain English and is performed as a theatrical full-cast production. At just over 20 minutes long, it is an abridged and adapted version of one of the relatively underperformed works in Shakespeare's canon. The plan opens with a threat from the French. Negotiations, conflict, and palace intrigue follow, as King John works his way through many issues of war and diplomacy in classic Shakespearean fashion.

©2020 Charlie Creed (P)2021 Historical Audiobooks

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Shakespeare's Greatest Hits

Summary

Originally produced for Chicago Theatres on the Air, Shakespeare's Greatest Hits contains some of the most memorable scenes from the Bard's most profound works: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Othello, and many more. It was performed by Chicago's Shakespeare Repertory, including Amy Irving and Kevin Gudhal, in 1993.

Public Domain (P)2009 L.A. Theater Works

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Shakespeare's Cats

Summary

Join a band of curious cats for an adorable reading of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets.  Whether it's friendship, beauty, love, or something more saucy, the Bard of Avon has a sonnet for every occasion. Learn what the sonnets mean and hear fun facts about the poet, witches, Elizabethan life, and the unfortunate hygiene habits of the 16th century.  Despite being written 400 years ago, the sonnets speak to the eternal ups and downs of anyone in love and the struggle to fight our mortality with art. Many centuries later, we have something else in common with Elizabethans: We find kittens to be utterly adorable. Well, they also thought they might be tiny, adorable witches in animal form.

©2014 Mango Publishing Group (P)2018 Mango Publishing Group

Narrator: Paula Rich
Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
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Shakespeare For Kids - Richard II

Summary

Shakespeare for kids adapts the timeless works of Shakespeare into plain English for a younger audience. This story is that of the end of King Richard II's reign during the late 1300s. It is a story of plotting and power, and the first of Shakespeare's four plays about the house of Lancaster. This abridged version is targeted for a younger audience, toning down any violent scenes and presenting the narrative structure in plain English. King Richard banishes a potential rival and takes his land. The wealth seized is used to fund wars, but ultimately, in a reversal, King Richard is deposed by the very man he tried to banish. The production is shortened to under 15 minutes, enabling it to engage even younger listeners while preserving the key elements and structure of the plot. This is a fantastic introduction to the power of Shakespeare's classic works.

©2020 Elaina Garcia (P)2020 Historical Audiobooks

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Romeo y Julieta [Romeo and Juliet]

Summary

Shakespeare da vida la historia de dos adolescentes, cuya incontenible y desbordada pasión para colocar el amor por encima de la muerte, en el marco dramático y absurdo del odio ancestral que se profesan do familias: los Montesco y los Capuleto. La feroz enemistad entre estos clanes no basta para evitar que Romeo y Julieta se enamoren y leguen a casarse en secreto, unión que la oposición de sus padres y las pasiones ajenas tornarán funesta. La obra, que tanto fascino a los románticos de todas las épocas, emociona profundamente en esta nueva versión con actuaciones magistrales, música original e impactantes efectos sonoros. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2010 Mediatek S.A (P)2010 Mediatek S.A

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Romeo y Julieta (Dramatizado) [Romeo and Juliet (Dramatized)]

Summary

FonoLibro está orgulloso en presentar el audiolibro en español una de las más famosas y primera historias de amor, Romeo y Julieta escrita por William Shakespeare. Este audiolibro magníficamente dramatizado es una manera maravillosa de experimentar y escuchar a Shakespeare a todo volumen. Con música asombrosa, y el efectos de sonido musical que reviven la hermosa historia de amor de Romeo y Julieta. Romeo y Julieta es un cuento sencillo y dramático acerca del amor imposible entre una pareja de jóvenes descendientes de dos familias enemigas. Captura el entusiasmo juvenil y la pasión poética que caracterizan todo de los primos trabajos de William Shakespeare que hace Romeo y Julieta en la creación más sublime y romántica en la Literatura Universal. Note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

Public Domain (P)2007 FonoLibro Inc.

Narrator: FonoLibro Inc.
Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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Romeo und Julia - Die wichtigsten Szenen im Original

Summary

Im italienischen Verona leben zwei verfeindete Familien, die Montagues und Capulets. Über Generationen hinweg liefern sie sich Straßenkämpfe und begehen Blutrache. Eines Abends begegnen sich Romeo und Julia auf einem Fest zum ersten Mal und verlieben sich ineinander. Doch Verzweiflung kommt auf, als beide feststellen, dass der Andere der verfeindeten Familien angehört. Sie beschließen, ihre Liebesbeziehung geheim zu halten und bitten einen befreundeten Mönch um Hilfe. Er traut sie, weil er hofft, dass so der jahrelange Konflikt der verfeindeten Familien gelöst wird. Nach einem Streit mit Romeos Freund Mercutio, tötet Tybalt diesen. Romeo rächt sich und ersticht seinerseits Tybalt, den Neffen der Gräfin Capulet. Die tragische Liebesgeschichte nimmt ihren Lauf. William Shakespeares "Romeo und Julia" in einer spannenden Hörspiel-Fassung für alle Generationen. Erleben Sie Shakespeares Tragödie von jungen Schauspielern im Original szenisch gelesen und mit Hörspielszenen lebhaft illustriert. Ein Erzähler führt durch die Handlung und erläutert das Werk. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) schuf mit "Romeo und Julia" eine bewegende Liebesgeschichte und dramatische Weltliteratur.

©2012 Amor Verlag GmbH (P)2012 Amor Verlag GmbH

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Romeo and Juliet: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Audio Theater [Dramatized]

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Featuring: Kevin Fugaro as Benvolio Miles Fletcher as Paris Fajer Al-Kaise as Tybalt Mikkie Fritz as Balthazar Joe Wegner as Peter Jimmy Garcia as Samson and Viejo David Salsa as Abraham, Friar John, and Soldier Danielle Chavez as Valentina Heath Koerschgen as Gregorio and Soldier Brittany Brook as Rosaline Shadee Vossoughi as Ensemble Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 production of Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen. A love to die for… When you are passionately, purely in love, nothing else matters - not even life itself. Shakespeare’s consummate tragedy of young lovers swept into a catastrophic vortex of misunderstandings, secrets, and fate is set in 1840s Alta California, a vibrant and conflicted time in our history. Romeo and Juliet, the son and daughter of two landed families locked in an old feud, are irresistibly drawn to each other. Defying the hatred and distrust surrounding them, they dare to believe they can - and must - be together.

Public Domain (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Romeo and Juliet (Dramatized)

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Romeo and Juliet was Shakespeare's first great tragedy, a richly lyrical love story that has long been one of the author's most popular plays for performer and audience alike. Romeo and Juliet is a simple but dramatic cautionary tale about the blindness that both love and hate can engender. As performed by Claire Bloom and Albert Finney, this lively production captures the youthful exuberance and poetic passion that characterize all of Shakespeare's early work and makes Romeo and Juliet in particular the greatest romantic creation in English Literature. This unabridged, full-cast recording is a wonderful way to experience and listen to Shakespeare out-loud.

©1965, 1995 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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Romeo and Juliet (Dramatised)

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The Montagues and the Capulets, two families of Verona, have been feuding for generations. Young Romeo Montague intends to cause trouble at a Capulet gathering, but while there he sees the Capulet's daughter, Juliet, and falls hopelessly in love. Albert Finney, Claire Bloom, Edith Evans, and Hilton Edwards perform an unabridged version of Shakespeare's tragedy about the two young lovers, whose deaths unite their warring families.

Public Domain (P)2011 Saland Publishing

Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy made accessible as drama for younger listeners whilst remaining true to the Bard's verse and vocabulary. What could be worse than falling in love with your enemy? Romeo Montague thinks he's in love until he meets Juliet Capulet. With her, he discovers what true love really feels like. But their two families are bitter rivals, and no one must know about their secret passion. When Romeo kills Juliet's cousin in a brawl, their hopes of happiness seem doomed. Can Friar Laurence use their love to reconcile the two families, or will his plans bring further tragedy?

©2010 Helen Street (P)2010 Helen Street

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Romeo and Juliet

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Experience Romeo and Juliet 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. If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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Romeo and Juliet

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A full-cast BBC Radio 3 production of Shakespeare’s quick-witted summer tragedy.

In a town full of hatred, where the streets ring with the Capulet-Montague feud,and swords are too easily drawn, Romeo and Juliet find each other--and love--and never let go.

In Shakespeare’s famous play, first performed in 1595, the warring Capulets and Montagues have been sworn to keep the peace on pain of death. When Capulet’s daughter, Juliet, meets Montague’s son, Romeo, at a masked ball, they immediately fall in love. With the help of Friar Lawrence and Juliet’s Nurse, the pair decide to marry in secret. Disaster strikes when Romeo is banished for murder,and flees after just one night with his new wife. Juliet, meanwhile, is betrothed against her wishes to Count Paris. Friar Lawrence intervenes to help, but tragedy is at hand…

Rising young stars Trystan Gravelle and Vanessa Kirby play the star-crossed lovers, with David Tennant as Prince Escalus, Rosie Cavaliero as the Nurse, and Ron Cook as Friar Lawrence.

©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide

Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
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Richard III

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William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present Argo Classics, a historic catalogue of classic prose and verse read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. ‘Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York.’ Richard III completes the cycle of plays covering the Wars of the Roses. It’s the story of Richard, duke of Gloucester’s villainous plan to take the throne. It is a tale of jealousy, manipulation and deceit based on Sir Thomas More's unfinished - and largely untrue - History of King Richard III. All of the Shakespeare plays within the Argo Classics catalogue are performed by the Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players. The Marlowe was founded in 1907 with a mission to focus on effective delivery of verse, respect the integrity of texts and rescue neglected plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and the less performed plays of Shakespeare himself. The Marlowe has performed annually at Cambridge Arts Theatre since its opening in 1936 and continues to produce some of the finest actors of their generations. Thurston Dart, professor of music at London University and a fellow of Jesus College Cambridge, directed the music for this production. The full cast includes: Richard Wordsworth; David Dickinson; Patrick Garland; Patrick Wymark; John Shrapnel; David Rowe-Beddoe; John Tracy-Phillips; William Squire; John Hopkins; Corin Redgrave; Denis McCarthy; Terrence Hardiman; George Rylands; John Shearer; Roger Croucher; Peter Orr; David Buck; David King; John Tydeman; Margaretta Scott; Mary Morris; Beatrix Lehmann; Prunella Scales; Freda Dowie.

Public Domain (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Richard II

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Richard II is dangerously out of touch with his kingdom. He wastes money, raises taxes to support his lavish lifestyle, plays favorites, and cares more about his vanity than the common good. When Henry Bolingbroke - father of the future Henry V - challenges Richard for the throne, it's a fight the king can't win. But in losing his crown he gains far greater things: his humanity and his soul. Shakespeare's luminous, poetic masterpiece is the first of four plays that chronicle the House of Lancaster's rise and the beginning of the Wars of the Roses.

Public Domain (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Queen Mab

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When Faunus, the god of daydreams, breaks the heart of Queen Mab, revenge can be the only answer. Using the most powerful families in Verona, they wage their war against one another. But when Mab falls in love, this bitter queen will do anything, even if it means destroying the world, to change the story.

©2014 Kate Danley (P)2016 Kate Danley

Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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An audio adaptation of the classic Shakespeare drama. Pericles is at the palace of Antioch with King Antiochus to solve the riddle that will win the King’s daughter’s hand in marriage. They are surrounded by the heads of men who have died trying before him. Pericles solves the riddle, learning the terrible truth about the incestuous relationship between the Princess and the King. Pericles flees Antioch, fearing Antiochus’ wrath. A full-cast performance featuring Akuyoe, Phyllis Applegate, Patti Austin, David Downing, Judyanne Elder, Bennet Guillory, Rif Hutton, Bob Devin Jones, Ted Lange, Eugene Lee, Carl Lumbly, Don Reed, Michele Lamar Richards, and Don Willis.

©2010 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2010 L.A. Theatre Works

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Othello Adapted in a Moroccan Style

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Othello, by William Shakespeare, is adapted in a Moroccan style by David Serero. Starring David Serero as Othello.

©2016 David Serero (P)2016 David Serero

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O Mercador de Veneza [The Merchant of Venice]

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Esta versão em áudio da obra O Mercador de Veneza, escrita para teatro por William Shakespeare e adaptada para o público jovem por Leonardo Chianca foi valorizada pela trilha sonora desenvolvida por Sandra Branca com arranjos inovadores feitos a partir de obras do compositor Claudio Monteverdi, que é citado no texto, e de diversos compositores renascentistas. Também destaca-se a interpretação da atriz Isadora Ferrite no papel de Pórcia.Vozes: Antonio Carlos Prado Mói (príncipe do Marrocos e Baltazar); Alecs Lima (Bassânio); Ana Paula Frade (Jéssica); Barros Batista (Salério, Lorenzo e Lancelote); Di Ramon (Shylock); Giuliano Frade (Solânio, príncipe de Aragão e duque); Guilherme Lopes (Antonio); Isadora Ferrite (Pórcia); Laura Mayumi (Nerissa); Marcio Brodt (Graziano e vozes diversas); Simone Silvério (narradora); Sony Moreno (Gobbo, voz da arca e vozes diversas).Gravação feita a partir de texto adaptado por Leonardo Chianca. Co-produção da Livro Falante com a Editora DCL. Please note: This audiobook is in Portuguese.

Public Domain (P)2011 Livro Falante

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Macbeth [Spanish Edition]

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Cuando Macbeth y Banquo cruzan un páramo de vuelta a casa tras su victoria frente a los ejércitos enemigos de Escocia y de su rey Duncan, se encuentran con tres brujas que profetizan que Macbeth será nombrado Barón de Cawdor y después rey de Escocia.También profetizan que Banquo empezará una dinastía de reyes escoceses. Tras desaparecer las brujas, llegan dos mensajeros del rey que les informan que el rey ha nombrado a Macbeth Barón de Cawdor. Lady Macbeth es una mujer profundamente ambiciosa que desea conseguir el poder a cualquier precio y por ello incita a Macbeth para que asesine al rey Duncan y así pueda convertirse en rey. Sin embargo Lady Macbeth no sabía que su conciencia la iba a atormentar de la manera que lo hace, por lo que.... Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

Public Domain (P)2015 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Marcos Chacón
Length: 39 mins
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Macbeth (Dramatised)

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This tragedy of blood, deceit, and betrayal is one of the most famous of Shakespeare’s works and is regularly performed in theatres around the world. This audio dramatization is brought to you by a distinguished cast that includes Anthony Quayle, Ian Holm, Alec McCowen, and Stanley Holloway. Here, the voice and its subtle inflections are paramount. With no need for theatrical projection, listeners are provided with a rare intimacy that makes this beautifully nuanced performance that much more special.

©2012 The Copyright Group (P)2012 The Copyright Group

Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
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Macbeth

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At the center of each of the four great Shakespearean tragedies - Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello - is a powerful figure who is led to destruction by a fatal character flaw. In the case of Macbeth it is ambition. Initially a valiant warrior and staunch servant of his regal overlord Duncan, Macbeth succumbs to the lure of absolute political domination, which leads to murder, revolt, and comprehensive defeat. Many scholars agree that Macbeth, which was first published in the First Folio of 1623, was probably written about 1606. It was intended to be highly laudatory to the recently crowned King James I, whose accession united the crowns of England and Scotland and who was considered to be a distant descendent of Banquo. The play also relates a number of contemporary issues, including witch trials and demonology, a subject in which King James had a great interest, and the Gunpowder plot of 1605. Cast Duncan, The Porter, Second Murderer, and Doctor - Phil Benson Malcolm - Jeff Moon Donalbain and Servant - Maureen Boutilier Macbeth - Bob Neufeld Third Witch and Lady Macbeth - Linda Barrans Banquo and the Apparitions - Denis Daly Sergeant and MacDuff - Brett Downey First Witch and Lady MacDuff - Cate Barratt Second Witch, MacDuff's Son and Gentlewoman - Libby Stephenson Lennox - Alan Weyman Ross and Menteith - Marty Krzy Angus, Third Murderer, a Lord, and Seyton - Andrew Coleman First Murderer, Caithness, and Soldier - Victor Bazarov Old Man and Siward - John Burlinson Fleance and Young Siward - Becca Maggie Messenger - Michele Eaton Stage directions read by Denis Daly

Public Domain (P)2016 The Online Stage

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La fierecilla domada [The Taming of the Shrew]

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Personajes De La Obra: Bautista: Adinerado hidalgo de Padua. Padre de Blanca y Catalina. Catalina: Joven hija de Bautista conocida en Padua por su malhumorado y arisco carácter opuesto al de su hermana Blanca, dócil y obediente. Lucentio: enamorado de Blanca. Se hará pasar por profesor para conquistarla. Petruchio: para casarse con Catalina, está dispuesto a amansar su carácter. Gremio: Viejo rico que es pretendiente de Blanca. Hortensio: Joven pobre que también pretende a Blanca. Tranio: Criado de Lucentio, se hará pasar por su amo para engañare a todos. Grumio: Criado de Petruchio. Blanca: Joven hija de Bautista a la que pretenden varios caballeros, Lucentio, Gremio y Hortensio. Su padre ha dispuesto que no concederá su mano hasta que su hermana Catalina se haya casado. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

Public Domain (P)2015 SAGA Egmont

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King Lear

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Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2013 production of King Lear, Shakespeare's dark yet brilliant tragedy of madness and betrayal, directed by artistic director Bill Rauch. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen. Ambition is thickerthan blood … King Lear is ready to turn his realm over to his three daughters. His plan is simple: Give the biggest piece to the daughter who loves him most. But honeyed words and hubris blind Lear to the true motives of those around him, plunging king and kingdom into a hell of treachery, madness, and unspeakable acts - with consequences that reveal the worst and best in human nature.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Narrator: full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
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King Lear

Summary

Experience King Lear 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.If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation. From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audibook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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King Lear

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This edition of King Lear is an adaptation of Shakespeare's eponymous tragedy. The story depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character after he disposes of his kingdom, giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all.  Narrated in plain modern English, capturing the very essence and key elements of Shakespeare's original drama. Read in English, unabridged.

©2018 Sovereign (P)2018 Sovereign

Narrator: Josh Verbae
Length: 6 mins
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King John: The Arkangel Shakespeare

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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. In this early history play, King John is played by Michael Feast, the Bastard by Michael Maloney, and Constance by Eileen Atkins.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
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King Henry IV

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Shakespeare's drama tells the story of a young man who can only come into his own upon his father's death and the father who longs for immortality. Using only Shakespeare's words, this adaptation tells the deeply personal story of Prince Hal's coming of age and his relationships with two father figures: the mistrustful King Henry IV and the hilarious, irrepressible Falstaff. A Court Theatre Production.

©2009 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works

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Julius Caesar

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“Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Julius Caesar is at the height of his power. He has just defeated his top rival and is basking in the glory of his triumph. Some believe that he is abusing his power, though, and behind his back, a conspiracy is developing to assassinate him. Even his close advisor Brutus is swayed to participate in the murder plot. Once Caesar is murdered, the conspirators are forced to explain themselves to Rome’s citizens and explain their intentions and attempt to convince them that this murder was necessary to create peace. While many people understand their reasoning and agree that the murder was a tragic necessity, Caesar’s death exacerbates the conflicts and power struggles, and the rest of the tragedy demonstrates the bloody aftermath of the conspirators’ act of violence.  Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known history plays and is revered for its profound writing and thought-provoking perspective on this famous historical event. Shakespeare’s humanization of these real-life characters gives listeners a peek into both sides of the story in an unforgettable way.

Public Domain (P)2020 InAudio

Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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Henry VIII

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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. This colorful history play, possibly written in collaboration with John Fletcher, comes from the very end of Shakespeare's dramatic career. Paul Jesson plays Henry VIII, and Jane Lapotaire plays Queen Katherine. Timothy West is Cardinal Wolsey.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
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Henry VI, Part 1

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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.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Henry V - Full Cast, Abridged, Plain English

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This abridged version of the Shakespeare classic Henry V is adapted and condensed to just over 20 minutes across five acts. It tells the story of the mature King Henry V and his defeat of the French at Agincourt despite being heavily outnumbered. Henry succeeds militarily in a country where he doesn't even speak the language. Henry also achieves success, but it has stark implications for his past friendships. That said, Henry V is among Shakespeare's less nuanced characters and the play arguably lacks the moral dilemmas featured elsewhere in the Shakespeare canon. This version is abridged and adapted, offering a condensed and simplified, yet full cast theatrical production version of the play, though two of King Henry's key speeches from the play are included in full in original Shakespearean language. This is an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for those less familiar with his works or for a younger audience.

©2020 Elaina Garcia (P)2021 Oxted Press

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Henry V

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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. Henry is played by Jamie Glover, Brian Cox is the Chorus, and the Hostess is played by Elizabeth Spriggs.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
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Henry V

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William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present Argo Classics, a historic catalogue of classic prose and verse read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. ‘All things are ready, if our mind be so.’ Henry V covers events during the Hundred Years' War, immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415). After an insult from the French Dauphin, King Henry V of England invades France to claim the throne he believes should be his. Henry stops an assassination plot, gives powerful speeches and wins battles against the odds. In the end, he woos and marries the princess of France, linking the two nations. All of the Shakespeare plays within the Argo Classics catalogue are performed by the Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players. The Marlowe was founded in 1907 with a mission to focus on effective delivery of verse, respect the integrity of texts and rescue neglected plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and the less performed plays of Shakespeare himself. The Marlowe has performed annually at Cambridge Arts Theatre since its opening in 1936 and continues to produce some of the finest actors of their generations. Thurston Dart, professor of music at London University and a fellow of Jesus College Cambridge, directed the music for this production. The full cast includes: William Squire; Gary Watson; Julian Curry; Ian McKellen; Denis McCarthy; John Tracy-Phillips; Peter Orr; Donald Beves; John Barton; John Perceval; Peter Foster; Giles Slaughter; David Rowe-Beddoe; Philip Strick; Trevor Nunn; Dudley Jones; Andrew Parkes; Michael Burrell; Tony Church; John Sharpe; Terrence Hardiman; Anthony White; George Rylands; John Tracy-Phillips; Derek Jacobi; Corin Redgrave; Frank Duncan; Corin Redgrave; Corin Redgrave; Roger Hammond; Frank Duncan; Suzanne Fuller; Micheline Samuels; Prunella Scales; Vivienne Chatterton.

Public Domain (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Henry V

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Henry V defeats the French army at Agincourt to claim the throne of France and Catherine de Valois as his bride. This play contains Henry's famous "Feast of Saint Crispin" address, perhaps the greatest pep-rally speech ever given!

©2007 Public Domain (P)2007 Audio Book Contractors, Inc.

Narrator: Flo Gibson
Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
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Henry IV, Pt.2

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William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present Argo Classics, a historic catalogue of classic prose and verse read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. ‘O sleep, O gentle sleep, Nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee. That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down, And steep my senses in forgetfulness?’ Shakespeare’s heartbreaking conclusion to his epic pair of history plays. King Henry IV suffers from illness, so his youngest son, Prince John, fights the rebels, while Prince Hal prepares to be king. Meanwhile, Hal's friend Falstaff causes trouble, recruits and speaks ill of Hal. Henry dies and Hal becomes King Henry V. He banishes Falstaff from court, ready to wage war on France. All of the Shakespeare plays within the Argo Classics catalogue are performed by the Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players. The Marlowe was founded in 1907 with a mission to focus on effective delivery of verse, respect the integrity of texts and rescue neglected plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and the less performed plays of Shakespeare himself. The Marlowe has performed annually at Cambridge Arts Theatre since its opening in 1936 and continues to produce some of the finest actors of their generations. Thurston Dart, professor of music at London University and a fellow of Jesus College Cambridge, directed the music for this production. The full cast includes: Denis McCarthy; Anthony Jacobs; Gary Watson; Corin Redgrave; Ian McKellen; Richard Kaye; Terrence Hardiman; Ian Lang; Anthony Arlidge; Derek Jacobi; John Tracy-Phillips; John Wilders; John Barton; Denis McCarthy; Toby Robertson; Clive Swift; John Tydeman; Richard Marquand; Frank Duncan; David Jones; David Coombes; Donald Beves; Philip Strick; Tony Church; Paul Draper; William Squire; Toby Robertson; Peter Foster; Roger Hammond; Roger Hammond; Roger Hammond; Richard Cotterell; Simon Relph; Camille Prior; Dilys Hamlett; Vivienne Chatterton; Diana Chadwick.

Public Domain (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Henry IV, Part 2

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Prince Hal parts from his past to fulfill his royal destiny in this essential conclusion to Henry IV, Part 1. Rebellion still simmers in England and King Henry's health is failing. Prince Hal has proved his courage but the king still fears that his son's pleasure-loving nature will bring the realm to ruin. Meanwhile, Falstaff and his ribald companions waste the nights in revelry, anticipating the moment when Hal will ascend the throne. Falstaff is in Gloucestershire when news arrives that the king has died. Has the dissolute old knight's hour come at last? Hal is played by Jamie Glover and King Henry by Julian Glover. Richard Griffiths is Falstaff.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
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Hamlet (Dramatized)

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Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s brilliant, modern production of Shakespeare’s disturbing and psychologically rich masterpiece Hamlet. Whether you’re a Hamlet scholar or being exposed to this work for the first time, this stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival cast, is a must-listen. In Denmark, a king is dead. His brother, Claudius, has snatched the throne, and the widowed queen, yet life goes on—for everyone but Prince Hamlet. The prince, fixated on his uncle as the murderer, is charged by his father’s ghost to avenge the wrong. Disconnected from the foul world around him, Hamlet strains under the weight of his task, descending into madness, both real and feigned.

Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
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Hamlet (Classic Radio Theatre)

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Ronald Pickup, Angela Pleasance, and Maxine Audley star in this BBC Radio 4 1971 production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of the Prince of Denmark. Written over 400 years ago, Hamlet still remains one of the most powerful, influential, and thrilling tragedies in the English language. The story of Prince Hamlet and his quest for vengeance has been interpreted countless times on stage, film, and television. With its riveting plot, featuring murder and supernatural horror, and presenting possibly the most fascinating character in the history of drama, it never fails to enthral. This BBC archive production from 1971 was produced by the renowned John Tydeman and features a cast of highly regarded actors, with music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.

©2011 AudioGO Ltd (P)1971 AudioGO Ltd

Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
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Hamlet

Summary

"The Tragedy of Hamlet", Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare sometime between 1599 and 1602. Set in Denmark, the play depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father in order to seize his throne and marry Hamlet's mother. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and is considered among the most powerful and influential works of world literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others". It was one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most performed, topping the performance list of the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessors in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1879. It has inspired many other writers - from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Charles Dickens to James Joyce and Iris Murdoch - and has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella". Among the most significant works William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Orpheus, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Troilus and Cressida, The Tempest, Venus and Adonis, Antony and Cleopatra, Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale and many more.

©2020 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing (P)2020 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

Narrator: Mark Bowen
Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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Hamlet

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Enjoy this InAudio unabdridged edition of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Experience the drama and tragedy of the prince of Denmark’s tale told in a fresh new audiobook edition. Hamlet by William Shakespeare is one of the Shakespeare’s most well-known and beloved tragedy plays. Set in Denmark, it tells the story of Hamlet, a man whose father was murdered and replaced by Hamlet’s uncle Claudius. The play follows Hamlet as he discovers the truth of his father’s fate and becomes more and more distressed and enraged as he plots vengeance against his uncle. The beautifully written soliloquy's give listeners the inside look of Hamlet’s mind as he sorts through this tragedy - and the continuing tragedies that unfold throughout the play. One of the best elements of Hamlet is the amount that is left to the interpretation of the listener - you can decide for yourself whether Hamlet’s journey is one into madness or clarity, if his father’s ghost is meant to help or harm, if the queen was a part of the murder plot, and other such fascinating questions. Whatever your final interpretations of the events within the five-act play, the experience of Hamlet is like none other.

Public Domain (P)2020 InAudio

Narrator: Edward Beesley
Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
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Hamlet

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"The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others." The play seems to have been one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed. It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most-filmed story after Cinderella". The protagonist of "Hamlet" is Prince Hamlet of Denmark, son of the recently deceased King Hamlet, and nephew of King Claudius, his father's brother and successor. The play opens on a cold night on the ramparts of Elsinore, the Danish royal castle. The sentries Bernardo and Marcellus and Hamlet's friend Horatio encounter a ghost that looks like the late King Hamlet. They vow to tell Prince Hamlet what they have witnessed... This is a detailed summary of the play, retold in today's language.

©2018 Compagnie du Savoir (P)2018 Compagnie du Savoir

Narrator: Katie Haigh
Length: 34 mins
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Hamlet

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Este audiolibro está narrado en castellano. Hamlet, hijo del difunto rey de Dinamarca, se siente melancólico y abatido por las cosas del mundo. Su madre se ha casado con Claudio (el hermano de su padre), el nuevo rey, y Hamlet deambula por el palacio lleno de sospechas y dudas. Dos meses después de la muerte de su padre, Hamlet es visitado por el fantasma de su padre y le informa que ha sido asesinado por Claudio para llegar a ser rey y casarse con su madre. A Hamlet le corresponde la venganza del asesinato, pero se angustia entre la acción y la duda y busca excusas para posponer la venganza. Se finge loco para que la gente no sospeche de lo que trama en secreto. Polonio, el chambelán de la corte, cree que la locura de Hamlet se debe a la prohibición de que cortejase a su hija Ofelia. El reconocido William Shakespeare fue un dramaturgo, poeta y actor inglés nacido a de mediados del Siglo XVI. Autor de innumerables clásicos, como Romeo y Julieta, Hamlet, Sueño de una noche de Verano, Otelo y Macbeth, entre muchos otros; sus obras son símbolo de la literatura inglesa que valen la pena leer en cualquier época.

©2020 SAGA Egmont (P)2020 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Chema Agullo
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
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Hamlet

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El rey Hamlet ha muerto envenenado. En su lugar, asume su hermano, Claudio, y al poco tiempo se casa con la reina Gertrudis. Pero el príncipe Hamlet sospecha, y la aparición del fantasma de su padre le da la razón. En plan de vengarse, finge locura. ¿Pero hasta qué punto esa locura es fingida? ¿Cuánto de simulacro y cuánto de enfermedad hay en su representación? Obra maestra e indiscutida de la literatura universal, el drama creado por William Shakespeare en 1601 alcanza uno de los puntos más altos de las letras de todos los tiempos. Personajes inmortales como Polonio, Ofelia, Claudio, Gertrudis o el mismo Hamlet, de una profundidad filosófica y reflexiva que significaría un antes y un después en el teatro. Esta versión en audiolibro dramatizado recupera la legendaria tragedia, añadiendo ambientes y efectos de sonido, magníficas interpretaciones, y música original de alta calidad. Vuelva a maravillarse con una de las obras más importantes creadas por el hombre. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2013 Mediatek S.A (P)2013 Mediatek S.A

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Great Nature Poems

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An anthology of over 40 classic nature poems, read by some of our finest actors. The majesty of nature has always inspired poets, and this collection contains a selection of the very best verses praising the natural world. There are poems celebrating the seasons (Robert Browning's 'Home Thoughts from Abroad', Shakespeare's 'Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind' and Gerald Manley Hopkins' 'Spring'), the sweetness of birdsong (Keats' 'Ode to a Nightingale', Thomas Hardy's 'The Darkling Thrush', and Shelley's 'To a Skylark'), the simple beauty of plants and flowers (Wordsworth's 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', A. E. Housman's 'Loveliest of Trees', 'The Cherry Now', and Andrew Marvell's 'The Garden'), and the melancholy and wild mystery of nature (Rudyard Kipling's 'The Way Through the Woods', Yeats' 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'). Evocatively read by Anthony Howell, Claire Rushbrook, David Schofield and Michael Maloney, these poems are sure to induce a sense of wonder.

©2012 AudioGO Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Gargoyle

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Ein Mann überlebt einen Unfall mit schwersten Verbrennungen. Entstellt und voller Schmerzen hat er danach nur einen Gedanken: Wie kann er seinem elenden Zustand ein Ende bereiten? Da taucht eine mysteriöse Frau an seinem Krankenbett auf: die schöne Marianne Engel, exzentrische Bildhauerin beeindruckender Fabelwesen. Sie behauptet, sie seien einst Liebende gewesen - vor siebenhundert Jahren in Deutschland, als sie eine Nonne war und er ein Söldner auf der Flucht. Ist diese Frau einfach verrückt? Oder ist sie der rettende Engel, der ihn erlösen wird? Die Lesung von Stefan Kaminski und Sascha Icks ist so spannend, so beflügelnd, so packend, dass sie die volle Aufmerksamkeit verlangt - und verdient. Die einzige Tragödie ist, dass sie trotzdem einmal endet.

(c) + (p) 2008 Der Hörverlag

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From Shakespeare - With Love (The Best of Sonnets)

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Shakespeare's Sonnets, one of the most remarkable collections of poetry, was first published in 1609, 400 years ago by Mr Thomas Thorpe. Naxos AudioBooks marks the occasion with a selection of 80 of the finest, read by leading actors. The selection includes famous ones such as 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' as well as lesser well-known sonnets though of equally fine stature.

©2009 Naxos Audiobooks (P)2009 Naxos Audiobooks

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Fairy Tales for Adults, Volume 9

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A selection of stories about love and romance from the best storytellers of the world including Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Turgenev trying to express love in all its forms. This volume opens with iconic Romeo and Juliet's tragic love story dating back to antiquity, followed by very passionate and quite unusual love between a doctor and his patient in 'The District Doctor' by Ivan Turgenev. And last, but not least, a story from the master of human relationship and psychology, Anton Chekhov and his story of 'The Man in a Case'. Read in English, unabridged.

©2018 Sovereign (P)2018 Sovereign

Narrator: Josh Verbae
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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Fairy Tales for Adults, Volume 8

Summary

This selection of stories and tales is perfect for that cold winter night to cosy up around fireplace and enter magical world of far away lands or kingdoms of the past. This volume opens with two tales from Beatrix Potter: 'The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse' and 'The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin', followed by 'Puss in Boots' by Charles Perrault. And in the second half we have Anton Chekhov's story, 'A Gentleman Friend', followed by William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'. Read in English, unabridged.

©2018 Sovereign (P)2018 Sovereign

Narrator: Josh Verbae
Length: 49 mins
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Fairy Tales for Adults Volume 12

Summary

There plenty of spooky action in this volume of tales. Ghosts, apparitions, entire armies of fairies and fairy queens.  The volume opens with Shakespeare's timeless classic A Midsummer Night's Dream and continues to get more frightening, with haunted castles in Leskov's The Ghost of the Engineers' Castle.

©2018 Sovereign (P)2018 Sovereign

Narrator: Josh Verbae
Length: 46 mins
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Fairy Tales for Adults Volume 11

Summary

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The happiest season of them all. This volume offers selected sorties dedicated to Christmas and winder seasons from some of the best storytellers such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Shakespeare, L. Frank Baum, Anton Chekhov.  There'll be tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago. And hearts will be glowing. The collection opens with 'The Heavenly Christmas Tree' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, followed by 'At Christmas Time' from Anton Chekhov. In the second part we have 'A Kidnapped Santa Claus' by L. Frank Baum, followed by The Winter's Tale from William Shakespeare. 

©2018 Sovereign (P)2018 Sovereign

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Fairy Tales for Adults Volume 10

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The theme of romance continues in this volume and begins with iconic 'The Lady with the Dog' by Anton Chekhov.  Set in Yalta, Crimea, appears at first as a holiday romance. Gurov is a married man, but he holidays on his own and has a history of holiday affairs. He meets the lady of the story’s title with her Pomeranian dog. But Chekhov’s love stories are not romantic accounts of unrequited love or of love at first sight. Or even of tortured love that is amplified by the agony of being unfulfilled. No, these are Chekhovian tales that surprise and intrigue our imagination.  The second of this collection continues with King Lear.

©2018 Sovereign (P)2018 Sovereign

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Comedy of Errors

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The Comedy of Errors is likely the very first play Shakespeare ever wrote, and for that reason alone it deserves a special place in literary history. Yet, despite the author's lack of maturity, the play is unmistakably the work of a burgeoning master. A farce of a type that was wildly popular in Shakespeare's day, The Comedy of Errors transcends its genre, and is as accessible and as entertaining as any of the Bard's later comedies. Revolving around the naturally comedic themes of identical twins and mistaken identity, The Comedy of Errors is a delightful milestone in the remarkable career of the greatest dramatist of all time.

©1967, 1996 HarperCollinsPublishers

Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
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Classic BBC Radio Shakespeare: Romances

Summary

Three classic radio productions from the BBC archives starring Hannah Gordon, Tim Pigott-Smith, 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.

The Winter's Tale: one man's consuming jealousy threatens to destroy both himself and those around him, but his actions arouse a passionate sense of honour, love, justice and self-sacrifice in members of his Court and family. First broadcast in 1982, starring Ronald Pickup as Leontes, with Hannah Gordon as Hermione and John Gielgud as Time.

Pericles: Pericles is haunted by Fate, buffeted by storms, driven from country to country and cruelly separated from his wife and daughter. Having endured the waywardness of Fortune, will he be reunited with his family? First broadcast in 1981, starring Tim Pigott-Smith as Pericles and Angharad Rees as Marina.

The Tempest: set on an enchanted island ruled by the sorcerer Prospero, this spellbinding tale of magic, illusion, forgiveness and repentance is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. First broadcast in 1974, starring Paul Scofield as Prospero and Patrick Stewart as Caliban.

Recorded at BBC Broadcasting House and featuring the BBC Drama Repertory company, with specially composed music, this is classic radio drama at its finest.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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BBC Radio Shakespeare: A Collection of Eight Comedies

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Eight full-cast BBC Radio productions of Shakespeare's best loved comedies. Full of merriment, mayhem, mischief and mistaken identity, here are eight iconic radio productions of Shakespeare's most magical comedies, featuring star casts and introduced by Sir Richard Eyre. Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's delightful comedy sparkles with the verbal sparring of our two reluctant lovers in a world where nothing is quite what it seems. David Tennant and Samantha Spiro star as Benedick and Beatrice. As You Like It The Forest of Arden resonates with declarations of love in this joyous pastoral comedy, starring Helena Bonham Carter as Rosalind, David Morrissey as Orlando and Natasha Little as Celia. A Midsummer Night's Dream In this delightful comic fantasy, four young lovers and a troupe of actors have a bewitching encounter with Fairyland. Starring David Threlfall as Theseus/Oberon, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Titania/Hippolyta and Amanda Root as Hermia. The Merchant of Venice  Shakespeare's thrilling courtroom drama explores the eternal themes of love and hate, mercy and justice. Starring Warren Mitchell as Shylock, with Martin Jarvis as Antonio, Juliet Aubrey as Portia and Samuel West as Bassanio. Twelfth Night On the night when all the world is turned on its head, girls become boys and women lust after women in this most optimistic of Shakespeare's comedies. Michael Maloney stars as Orsino and Anne-Marie Duff as Viola.  The Tempest A ship at sea and an enchanted island are the settings for this allegorical tale of betrayal, sorcery, revenge and reconciliation. Starring Philip Madoc as Prospero and Nina Wadia as Ariel. The Taming of the Shrew Farce, disguise, elaborate role-playing and acerbic exchanges of wit combine to make up an extraordinary love story that still sparks controversy 400 years after it was written. Gerard McSorley stars as Petruchio and Ruth Mitchell as Katherina. All's Well That Ends Well This intriguing play tells of the questionable course of action a young woman takes to win the hand of the man she loves. Emma Fielding stars as Helena, with Siân Phillips, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Griffiths and Simon Russell Beale.     

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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BBC Radio Shakespeare

Summary

BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

Those decades of experience come to fruition in this production. The intimacy of radio gives full rein to the power of Shakespeare's language, taking the listener into the very centre of Hamlet's emotional and moral turmoil.

Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

©1999 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)1999 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
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BBC Radio Shakespeare

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BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

The trees and shrubs resonate with declarations of love and confessions of assumed identity in this exciting new production, where the intimacy of radio brilliantly recreates the closed-off, magical world of the Forest of Arden.

Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

©2000 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2000 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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BBC Radio Shakespeare

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BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

Raging storms and rich beautiful music combine to magical effect in this production of Shakespeare's allegorical last play, where mystical forces work to restore harmony and order to an estranged community.

Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

©2001 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2001 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
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BBC Radio Shakespeare

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BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

Political intrigue and fierce battle rage in this tense and dynamic production in which a country is torn apart under the legacy of Julius Caesar, 'the colossus'.

Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

©1999 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)1999 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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As You Like It

Summary

William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present Argo Classics, a historic catalogue of classic prose and verse read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. Forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. Rosalind and her cousin escape into the forest and find Orlando, Rosalind's love. Disguised as a boy shepherd, Rosalind has Orlando woo her under the guise of 'curing' him of his love for Rosalind. Rosalind reveals she is a girl and marries Orlando during a group wedding at the end of the play. All of the Shakespeare plays within the Argo Classics catalogue are performed by the Marlowe Dramatic Society and Professional Players. The Marlowe was founded in 1907 with a mission to focus on effective delivery of verse, respect the integrity of texts and rescue neglected plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and the less performed plays of Shakespeare himself. The Marlowe has performed annually at Cambridge Arts Theatre since its opening in 1936 and continues to produce some of the finest actors of their generations. Thurston Dart, professor of music at London University and a fellow of Jesus College Cambridge, directed the music for this production. The full cast includes: John Barton, Tony Church, Peter Bingham, Anthony Jacobs, John Arnott, David Buck, Tony White, David Gibson, Denys Robertson, John Wilders, Gary Watson, Julian Pettifer, John Bird, George Rylands, Christine Baker, Wendy Gifford, Irene Worth, Mary Fenton.

Public Domain (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Antony and Cleopatra

Summary

The twin empires of Egypt and Rome mingle and clash in this towering tragedy. Impulsiveness, passion, mistaken identity and dark humor all color the fascinating dalliance between Antony and Cleopatra, the larger-than-life pair at the center of this play.

Public Domain (P)2008 Audio Book Contractors, Inc.

Narrator: Kimberly Schraf
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
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Antony and Cleopatra

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A Shakespeare Society Production. The complete play in five acts. William Shakespeare lived between 1552-1616, but his work endures and is enjoyed the world over.

Public Domain (P)1995 HarperCollins Publishers

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Antony and Cleopatra

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Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston star in Shakespeare's tragedy of love and power. As part of BBC Radio 3's celebration of the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston star in this brand-new production. Lovers, politicians, superstars... Antony & Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s late and epic tragedy of mature love, and the catastrophic fall from grace and power that it brings about. Irresistibly drawn together, the couple are surrounded by friends, enemies, admirers, and critics, none of who remain unscathed by the folly and heartbreak of this magnificent pair. As empires clash around them, their destiny seems inevitable: to love each other ‘til death and even beyond. Produced by BBC Cymru Wales for BBC Radio 3, this radio production also features Geoffrey Streatfeild, Nigel Anthony, Don Gilet, and Peter Polycarpou amongst its cast.

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
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