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Chaos and confusion mount to a crescendo in a wild and fast-paced comedy of mistaken identity, one of Shakespeare's earliest plays.

Young Antipholus of Syracuse is searching the world for his identical twin brother, separated from him at birth. With him is his servant Dromio, who lost his twin brother at the same time. The pair arrive in Ephesus where, unbeknownst to them, their twins are living.

Antipholus of Syracuse is played by David Tennant, Antipholus of Ephesus by Brendan Coyle. Alan Cox and Jason O'Mara are the two Dromios, while Niamh and Sorcha Cusack play Adriana and Luciana.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Excellent audio and reading of every character.

Loved this audio. It exceeded my expectations. Every performer is brilliant and the audio quality is great too. Listening to the play in British accent made the experience very enjoyable too.

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  • Andy Capo
  • 23-01-19

Outstanding! Clive Brill is a genius.

I have been reading, watching, and listening to Shakespeare for the last 40 years. I have driven a great many miles and hours to see even small out of the way productions. I appreciate heartfelt renditions of any part of the canon, and although I have at times been disappointed with some or other director's vision, this has never been the case with the Arkangel series. In fact, I prefer to a great degree, Mr. Brill's interpretations over most I have seen or heard. I would confidently recommend these for any "must have" list, and know that as you listen you will thank me too.

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  • byquietwaters
  • 17-02-16

Delightful

What a treat to listen to this production of The Comedy of Errors. The voices of David Tennant, Brendan Coyle and Alan Cox added a delightful element to this funny story.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 16-03-17

Ill deeds is doubled with an evil word

“If she lives till doomsday, she'll burn a week longer than the whole world.”
― William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Act III.2

Look. It isn't brilliant Shakespeare, but it is worth the price of admission for just the banter, puns, etc. There really isn't a major character that jumps out. Perhaps, that is due to the constraints of the premise, but anyway. It was 80 pages of drama and I rather enjoyed it. I'm just not sure how much of it will stick (Like Hamlet, Othello, etc) years from now. If you are looking for top level dialogue, but not worried about plot or uncovering the meaning of life or the essential elements of humanity, this book might just be the thing.

Some of my favorite quotes:

― “I to the world am like a drop of water
That in the ocean seeks another drop,
Who, falling there to find his fellow forth,
Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself.” (Act I.2)

― "A wretched soul bruised with adversity,
We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;
But were we burdened with like weight of pain,
As much, or more, we should ourselves complain." (Act II.1.)

― "Every why hath a wherefore. (Act II.2)

― “Since mine own doors refuse to entertain me,
I'll knock elsewhere, to see if they'll disdain me” (Act III.1)

― “If she lives till doomsday, she'll burn a week longer than the whole world.” (Act III.2)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-21

So Engaging!

The acting was fantastic and so engaging. so much better than the libravox recordings I could find on YouTube, worth every penny.
The comic timing and the sound design really added to it, and I laughed out loud to myself multiple times. Also, David Tennant plays a part and that alone was reason enough for me to love it. Highly recommend!

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  • Dr. William Hill
  • 04-06-17

A must for any Shakespeare lover.

Comedy of Errors gas long been my favourite
Shakespeare (since I was four!). These readers definitely do Shakespeare justice! Their speech makes even the sometimes convoluted and more confusing scenes clear to the reader. Loved it on the first read, and I am sure I am sure it will not be the last.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-20

Good read/ listen

I had to read it for a class but it's by far one of my favorite Shakespeare works. I liked the performances brought the play to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-19

Definitely one of Shakespeare's...

...best comedies. Full of funny misrecognition. The comedic sound effects in the production added value.