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Summary

David Tennant stars as Malvolio in Shakespeare's comedy of disguise, madness and love.

One of Shakespeare's happiest plays, Twelfth Night is both a comedy of misrule and a trenchant attack on puritanism. Disguise and deceit lead to misadventure, madness and mistaken love. Orsino loves Olivia, but she loves Cesario, who really does love Orsino (for Cesario is actually Viola).

But Malvolio believes his mistress, Olivia, loves him, as he is a victim of a trick played on him by those who would make him mad. Naomi Frederick and Paul Ready are Viola and Orsino in his sparkling BBC Radio 3 production.

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A marvelous Tennant leads an equally fine cast

Even those who don’t consider themselves fans of Shakespeare will enjoy this play/audiobook; the plot for Twelfth Night is easier to follow than many of the bard’s other works, and the play is seasoned with delightful dashes of comedy throughout. The entire cast is super, and Tennant’s Malvolio is an absolute joy.

The overall sound design supports the story well, and the Renaissance music and songs are authentic
and well chosen. (Those much familiar with Early Music may even recognize the songs that various characters sing to themselves, and find themselves singing along.)

I’m very glad to have purchased this particular audiobook; it was well worth my time, and I’ve already gone back for a second listen.

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Twelfth Night

Incredibly entertaining! Tennant's Malvolio is something else. The scenes flow very well into one another, and all the characters are vividly portrayed.

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Much better listening to a play than reading it!

I'm so keen to know Shakespeare 's plays better. With audible I think I've discovered the perfect way to do it.

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  • Melissa
  • 26-09-16

Abridged

This is an abridged/heavily edited performance. sections of dialogue omitted, scenes moved around. It was still enjoyable to listen to, but I was using it in a class, trying to have students follow along with their own books, and it was extremely difficult.

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  • Charity Winters
  • 04-01-18

As you will and as you do.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story continues to entertain but it also speaks to contemporary issues regarding class, gender, friendship, and romance.

Any additional comments?

I used this performance to study for a graduate level literature exam and did very well on the exam. I recommend this performance as a study resource.