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Pericles Performance

Pericles: Arkangel Shakespeare

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Pericles, Prince of Tyre, undergoes a tyrant's fury, storm, and shipwreck. He wins love and suffers loss, but what is lost may also be found.

With the ancient poet Gower acting as narrator, we follow the adventures of Pericles from young manhood to maturity. This strange and powerful tale of loss and recovery is the first in the group of romance comedies created by Shakespeare at the end of his dramatic career.

Sir John Gielgud plays Gower, and Nigel Terry is Pericles. Thaisa is played by Stella Gonet and Marina by Julie Cox.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    ColonelJames 24/09/2017
    ColonelJames 24/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "An excellent performance!"
    Where does Pericles rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pericles is an odd play and this is about as good a realisation of it as I can imagine. It is also one of the best Shakespeare performances I have found outside of the BBC productions so far.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Shakespeare? Why or why not?

    Sure. He's quite good isn't he?


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    The Northern Irish Pirate.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Incest. Shipwrecks. Accidental Burials. Pirates. Assassins. And Weddings. Get your ticket.


    Any additional comments?

    John Gielgud is sounding great here. Worth it for his voice alone.

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  • Darwin8u
    Mesa, AZ, United States
    23/11/17
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    "Scan the outward habit by the inward man"

    “Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan the outward habit by the inward man.”
    ― William Shakespeare, Pericles

    Pericles, Prince of Tyre has a foot in the cannon and a foot outside it. It wasn't part of the First Folio, but I decided to still read it this year so I could basically still say I read everything. The play threw me a bit off my 3 x 12 schedule, but meh. Sometimes, you gotta do what ye gotta do. Fair warning GR friends, most likely, the first two acts are NOT composed by the Bard, but the last three make up a lot of the ground. Also, I'm pretty sure Shakespeare spiced a few of George Wilkins' lines in the first two.

    No doubt some mouldy tale,
    Like Pericles; and stale
    As the Shrieve's crusts, and nasty as his fish—
    Scraps out of every dish
    Throwne forth, and rak't into the common tub
    - Ben Jonson, Ode (to Himself)

    Anyway, it begins with an incest riddle and ends with the unwinding and winding back of Pericles' family. There is, packed into this play, a few moments of brilliance AND the story is interesting (just not brilliant). Some of the characters were boring, undercooked, and flat, but I tend to agree with T.S. Eliot about how amazing the reunion (recognition) scene is between Pericles and his daughter.

    Favorite quotes:

    ― “Few love to hear the sins they love to act.” Act 1, Scene 1

    ― “Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.” - Act 1, Scene 2

    ― “Who makes the fairest show means the most deceit.” - Act 1, Scene 4

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