We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
BBC Radio Shakespeare Performance

BBC Radio Shakespeare: As You Like It (Dramatised)

Regular Price:£10.00
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's 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.

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.

© and (P)2000 BBC Worldwide Ltd

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (11 )
5 star
 (7)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.8 (4 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.2 (5 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Philip Tonbridge, United Kingdom 21/01/2008
    Philip Tonbridge, United Kingdom 21/01/2008 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    181
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    43
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    203
    0
    Overall
    "Buy it, love it, rave about it..."

    This is superb. I didn't know the play but was hooked from the word go.

    All the cast are wonderful- This is one of the best Shakespeare dramatisations that I've heard from the BBC.

    It is not unabridged- which is both a strength and a weakness- they have struck out virtually anything that could be obscure- so it all romps along beautifully- and yet the purist within me feels slightly short-changed by the abridgements.

    Secondly the music is probably the productions weakest point. They keep the singing to a minimum which under the circumstances is probably a blessing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sheila Thurso, Scotland, United Kingdom 09/01/2009
    Sheila Thurso, Scotland, United Kingdom 09/01/2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Fantastic!"

    All the cast are amazing with no exception! easy to follow and definitely the best example of a Shakespeare Audiobook i've seen so far!
    The only weak points (but this is just me being picky) is that sometimes Rosalind and Celia's voices are slightly too similar to flow clearly. - However thats probably just me. Also the fact its not the unabridged version is a mixed blessing.
    BUT anyway these minor points still don't affect the fact that i'm giving this 5 stars :D

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Donald
    South Lyon, MI, United States
    21/05/11
    Overall
    "Loved it!"

    My biggest complaint with BBC radio Shakespeare is their modernizing of the bard's songs and I'm not a big fan of their background music either. As You Like It though is tolerable enough in both of these areas, I personally would prefer something more authentic but it is good for what it is. The biggest draw to this production is Helena Bonham Carter who I thought was fabulous, who wouldn't fall in love with her Rosalind. More than any of the other BBC comedies this is one I eagerly look forward to listening to again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    CHICAGO, IL, United States
    23/07/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Why such terrible singing?"
    Where does BBC Radio Shakespeare rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This recording is quite good, and I have a recording of nearly every play of Shakespeare's.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Helena Bonham Carter's Rosalind is unique, perfect, vibrant.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, the fool's songs are sung in a nasal, saccharine, twang reminiscent of high school pop ballads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Saginaw, MI, United States
    08/06/11
    Overall
    "Entertaining but not unabridged"

    This is a well-done production in terms of characterization of Rosalind and Orlando. I was disappointed however that it is not unabridged as is indicated on the Amazon website. This made it difficult for students to listen to as they followed along in their own copy of the play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ash
    AR, United States
    17/05/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "FANTASTIC!"

    As always (and I mean always) the BBC Radio Shakespeare knocks another performance right outta the park! I adore these performances, and As You Like It is one of my favorites. Helena Bonham Carter is a superstar, and the entire performance leaves nothing to be desired. If you haven't discovered this performance series, you should!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Rochester, Australia
    02/03/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Superb Cast"

    It is hard to imagine a better cast for As You Like It. Helena Bonham Carter captures every shade of Rosalind -- pragmatic, playful, honest, and thoroughly in love -- and the teasing friendship with Natasha Little's Celia is thoroughly believable. The rest of the cast are just as good, I've not heard or seen a performance more sympathetically read.

    The one disappointment is that the songs are poorly sung to poor settings, and jar terribly against the beautiful acting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.