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In Stories from Shakespeare, David Timson turns the plays of Shakespeare into prose tales told in unadorned, modern English.

Juliet Stevenson and Michael Sheen perform these novelizations of Shakespeare’s work, which include A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth. Timson’s stories include lines of dialogue from the original works, which Stevenson and Sheen perform with stage-ready intensity.

Both Stevenson and Sheen deliver these stories in an intimate tone, explaining plot points in these plays like storytellers around a campfire.

Summary

Here are the stories of 10 key Shakespeare plays: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King Lear, King Richard III, Othello, Macbeth, The Tempest, Henry V, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Timson presents the complex plots in a clear, entertaining, and informal style, presenting the main characters in the context of the famous lines. The stories contain important passages from the plays themselves, taken from the award-winning Naxos AudioBooks recordings.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2005 Naxos Audiobooks Ltd. (P)2005 Naxos Audiobooks Ltd.

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Good introduction to Shakespeare's Plays.

For those who have read little Shakespeare this well narrated audiobook is an excellent introduction. There is a good summary of the plot for each of the plays and plenty of entertaining dramatized excerpts.
The ten plays described are amongst the best known and most popular of Shakespeare's works.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 21-03-07

Entertaining review

This is an excellent book to get a quick view of these short stories. Listening to these stories would help you to possibly read the full version. This was very entertaining and enjoyable to listen to and gives a quick update on several stories without reading all of them!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful