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
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I used this with my 7th grade English. The students were struggling to understand the text because most 13 year olds don't read iambic pentameter well, not to mention archaic words. We were into the third act when I used an Audible credit to get this version. Tbe kids loved it. Their understanding increased and when it did, so did their enjoyment. I'm so glad their introduction to Shakespeare turned out so well!
"A Pair of Star-Cross'd Lovers Take Their Life 🎭"
This was a great listening experience, and I recommend it wholeheartedly to everyone from dramatic scholars who can recite Juliet's soliloquies by heart to junior high school students just beginning to appreciate Shakespeare. One mark of an excellent R&J is that it moves the listener (or viewer) nearly to tears at the scene in which Juliet finds that even her trusted Nurse is ready to abandon her to mortal sin and eternal punishment in the form of an adulterous marriage to Paris when she has already consummated her marriage to Romeo. Her "Thou hast comforted me marvelous much" should be delivered with a shocked coldness audible (and/or visible) to the audience; it should make the audience feel the horror Juliet feels, as she sees that ALL adults have betrayed her. This production succeeds in this regard. These Folger performances really are first-rate, and I hope to eventually acquire all of them. I'm sure I'll listen to this one many more times.
"Like a play"
This is a good book if you like to listen to a play. It is a played out drama. My daughter had a hard time following what was happening because she hasn't read the book.
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