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on November 9, 2006
This series of Shakespeare's plays is read by artists who have wonderful skills, and you can understand the dialogue better than most stage productions. Frequently Shakespearean stage productions, for time constraints or other reasons typically abridge the complete text. These readings are complete, and can be followed word by word from the written plays. They are the best means to prepare to see a stage production, and can be used as a benchmark for judging performances. Often the directors of contemporary productions make other modifications beyond the text for modern audiences. If you want to hear how the classic version should sound, then this is it.
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on February 26, 2012
I purchased this audio recording as a learning tool for my AP English Literature and Composition class. Shakespeare is better understood when it is read with expression, and students approaching the text for the first time can't manage to do that. Illuminaries of the English stage add much to this performance. Paul Scofield as Lear does an excellent job of expressing royal rage and arrogance. Kenneth Branaugh mixes truth with humor and gets away with it, just as a king's fool should. I recommend this product to anyone who wants to hear King Lear done well. I am coupling this audio CD with the DVD of the Sir Lawrence Olivier version of the play.
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on July 3, 2008
Having purchased this recording to hear the voice of Toby Stephens as much as to enjoy this classic play, I found the experience totally satisfying in both regards. The other reviews have well covered many aspects of the performances of the main characters. I would like to focus on Toby since this is linked to's ALL Toby All the Time site and might be useful to other fans. Toby plays Edmund (or Edmond per the liner notes), the bastard son of the Earl of Gloucester, an ally of King Lear. Honestly, Toby is brilliant in this. A perfect part to display all the rich tones in his voice and he make the most of it. He has a soliloquy early in the play plotting against his brother and bemoaning the fact that the accident of his birth leaves him with no inheritance. He has a big section at the end displaying his wonderful range, also. There's swordplay, calling out ( think of that voice that called "Jane, Jane"), whispering, mocking, pleading - lots for Toby lovers to appreciate. I am on my second time through and enjoying it even more. The liner notes are quite helpful to place everybody. (Beware - my copy came with several blank pages including the page that should have had Toby's picture and bio. Fortunately, Naxosaudiobooks has been very responsive and is mailing me a replacement.) This is no substitute for him in all his visual glory but it satisfies by reminding me what a magnificent talent he has to display when given words worthy of it.
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on May 20, 2016
Great product, service, and prompt delivery. Thanks!
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on July 17, 2014
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on October 2, 2010
Grate reecording of a grate play!
Itis well cast and very eisy to listen to.
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