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The Merchant of Venice

By: William Shakespeare
Narrated by: Trevor Peacock,Bill Nighy,Haydn Gwynne,Julian Rhind-Tutt
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Summary

In Shakespeare's most controversial play, the opposing values of justice and mercy must be resolved. Antonio promises money to help his friend Bassanio woo Portia. He borrows the sum needed from the cruel Shylock, but there will be a dreadful penalty if the loan is not repaid.

The golden world of Portia's Belmont calls forth some of Shakespeare's most lyrical love poetry. But the dark shadow of Shylock is never far from the heart of this brilliant comedy as it moves toward its courtroom climax.

Portia is played by Hadyn Gwynne and Shylock by Trevor Peacock. Julian Rhind-Tutt is Bassanio, and Bill Nighy is Antonio.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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Thoroughly enjoyed, great narration, easy to understand, my first audio book, will listen to more. David Tenant plays Launcelot I think, and thoroughly brings him to the fore in stead of just a clown in the background.

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A very good telling.

Really good telling, true to the work and told with the right amount of seriousness and fun.

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Awesome audiobook.

Super helpful to listen to alongside the text itself. It sticks to the original text. Amazing acting with some lovely music too. Shame there's no Act/Scene content option. You can't skip to particular scenes without scrolling through the 'chapters' but easily fixed. I just made notes of timings for each scene :)

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