- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America; Unabridged edition (April 7, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932219005
- ISBN-13: 978-1932219005
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 9 x 19.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare: 38 Fully-Dramatized Plays Unabridged Edition
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Grade 9 Up--The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare offers listeners the first-ever audio set of all 38 of William Shakespeare's plays, unabridged and fully-dramatized. Using a cast of almost 400 actors, most of whom trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company, this set offers Shakespeare in a manner that provides the best of both worlds: the convenient mobility of the audio format and classic, dramatic readings by skilled Shakespearean actors that are reminiscent of Sir Laurence Olivier's Shakespearean performances. Sound effects are skillfully layered and add to the intensity of the pieces as they are presented. The quality of these CDs is remarkable. The diction is clear, the emotions are strong, and the sound effects are well-chosen, easily creating the worlds of the plays in listeners minds. The major drawback for school and public libraries is that the entire series must be purchasedâ"plays are not available on an individual basis. Since most high schools teach only four Shakespearean playsâ"Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Julietâ"purchasing this series in its entirety is a major investment that might be better suited to university libraries and drama departments. Public libraries can purchase the entire series for use by college students and adults as well as high school students. Any library that does purchase this exceptionally well-done, impressive masterwork will enjoy it for years to come since Audio Partners has a lifetime replacement policy.--Heather J. Stockwell, Leach Library, Londonderry, NH
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". . . brilliantly realized by almost four hundred of Britains best classical actors." -- Town & Country, April 2004
"Four hundred actors combine their talents as they transform Shakespeare's Elizabethan English into contemporary-sounding plays without altering the original text." -- VOYA, June 2005
"It is an unparalleled opportunity to listen, at ones pleasure, to any of [Shakespeares] works." -- Bookviews.com, May 2003
"Its a lifetime of great listening. A+" -- Entertainment Weekly, June 4, 2004
"The quality of these CDs is remarkable easily creating the worlds of the plays in listeners minds." -- Heather J. Stockwell, School Library Journal, February 2004
"Thirty-eight unabridged plays with outstanding casts offer a paragon of audio theater." --AudioFile, June/July 2004
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You can follow the play in text if you choose to -- they follow the readily available Complete Pelikan Shakespeare. But you don't need to -- if you aren't familiar with a play the brief four or five line summaries of each scene in the small fold-out accompanying each play are quite sufficient to know which characters are involved. It's possible to listen to these while driving, but you can't concentrate fully unless you're totally stuck in traffic. My number one recommendation is to take a Walkman and a pair of headphones to a hammock under a tree and indulge yourself. Second best is a comfy easy chair.
However you listen to these, do get them and listen to them. Or persuade your local library to get the set.
The price -- ...-- seems high until you figure that this is 38 complete plays -- less than the cost of the same play in paperback -- and there are a total of 83 disks, so you're paying just $5 per disk. Cheap! And these aren't some pop music you'll listen to once; these are a lifetime investment for yourself and your family.
Get it. Period.
I strongly recommend reading Marjorie Garber's "Shakespeare After All" because it'll give you additional tools to appreciate the play. Also, it's fun to listen to the plays in the order (we think) they were written. Interesting to listen to the evolution in the writing and storytelling.
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