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King Richard The Third Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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Thanks to the recent film version, Richard is again a hot property. This Dover Thrift edition is the most economical way to stock extra copies.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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`This is far and away the finest critical edition of the play available' Eric Rasmussen, Shakespeare Survey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Caedmon (August 20, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694517046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694517046
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,457,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Richard D. Feinman on July 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This edition has one of the best introductions I've read: informative, well-written and with photos from productions of R III. Just the section on Macbeth and Richard makes this top-notch. Even the Folio/Quarto stuff is interesting -- short and not pedantic. This is my choice for Richard III edition.
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Stephens is a bit much as Richard (does he have to yell so often?) but the supporting cast, with Michael York in a multitude of roles, Dame Peggy Ashcroft as Margaret, Glenda Jackson as Lady Anne and Jeremy Brett as the Earl of Clarence (for once, the part is done right--Brett comes off as believable, not as a whiny brat as in many portrayals) is fantastic. Unabridged, as another reviewer noted, and digitally remastered, this recording is the best I've come across so far. Highly recommended!
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Almost A Tragedy: Richard III by Shakespeare
We saw a RADA performance of Richard III last summer on the Queen Mary 2 sailing across the North Atlantic to Southampton. I was struck by how tragic the play is even if it is supposed to be one of the histories. It reminds me of Macbeth. Richard aspires to be king the way Macbeth does. He commits crimes and must pay the price. In the end he dies defending his kingdom, again like Macbeth. Macbeth must fight the woods that come to Dunsinane. Richard cries out, "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!" while carrying on a battle against Richmond.In the RADA production's staging we saw underlined the ever-growing dark quality of the drama: flowers were laid on the stage by the gravestone of the newest victim. Richard's wife, Anne, grieves for her sins in marrying Richard and being seduced by him even as Lady Macbeth goes mad. The ghosts of the slain rise up against Richard in his sleep before his end while Macbeth is always grappling with witches and the supernaturalMacbeth. Of course the only reason Richard III doesn't number among the Shakespearian tragedies is because of Tudor politics. Richard was on the wrong side in the Wars of the Roses. He was the enemy of Queen Elizabeth's family. Shakespeare was forced to render the character of Richard in two dimensions instead of three.
by Linda Cargill, author of Key to Lawrence
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Shakespeare succumbed to Tudor propaganda when he wrote this work. On the other hand, had he not, he would have ended up a "head" shorter. This play is biggest the reason that Richard III is still remembered as an evil villain and tyrant. Blacken Richard, make him monstrous physically and evil morally, then maybe the 60+ or so people who actually had a legitimate claim to the throne that were murdered by the "Bloody Tudors" would not be noticed. But, as said before, Shakespeare wrote what the 5th Tudor (Q.Elizabeth I) & her subjects wanted to hear. He achieved his goal. Richard III the legitimate, capable and benevolent heir has suffered ever since. But, "Truth, is the daughter of time." It's only taken 500+ years.
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I read the story and it prompted me to go see the play. I loved it! I was one of very few people who actually laughed at the dry jokes. It went over most peoples' heads but I find it delightfully wry. The story plot is truly complex and intricate. It's a great story!
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I bought this book because while we had covered Richard II and Henry IV (Pt. 1) in my Shakespeare class, we did not read Richard III (my prof. just wasn't a huge fan). I love Shakespeare's history plays, and the discovery of Richard III's body sparked my interest. The copy is quality, contains plenty of footnotes (and a lengthy introduction) for a student or someone new to Shakespeare. The translation is good. I like the story even though I know some people that find it too far fetched in a few aspects. After all, this is a Shakespeare play...it's not made to be accurate or realistic. It's made to please the monarch and the monarch's censors.

The only downside is that sometimes there are so many notes on a page that there's very little play text. It's similar to what happens with study KJV Bibles, or study copies of almost anything written in middle or early-modern English. So, excellent for a student or someone that likes those extra notes, but if you're adept when it comes to Shakespeare or are used to reading works in early-modern English, then it may be cumbersome for you. Personally, I liked all the notes because I'm out of college, and without them I'd have to google anything I needed some context on. They're also nice for lending to others.
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This is a terrific version of Shakespeare's play, starring Robert Stephens as the wicked King Richard in a deliciously "over the top" performance. Audio book lovers should take heed: this is the *unabridged* play, on three cassettes and clocking in at approximately four hours! And indeed some of the more formal lamentation scenes do tend to grow tiresome (but that is a feature of the play and not the performers' fault); however, the vitality of the Richard scenes amply outweighs this. The supporting cast, including Glenda Jackson, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, and Cyril Cusack, is uniformly excellent, but top honors must go to Stephens. The recorded sound (digitally remastered from a 1967 recording) is very good. Highly recommended.
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