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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (178,648 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Full Cast Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN:
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A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's best early works: an airy, romantic romp in the woods among bumbling rustics, temporarily star-crossed lovers, and the charming fairies who bewitch them all. Drawing on a popular English folk legend and annual, Shakespeare weaves a chaotic and comical tale of misunderstanding, mischief, and magic in which, like the dream-state it mimics, no harm is permanent and all is pleasantly resolved by the play's end. A joyous celebration of love, language, and life itself, A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare at his lyrical best. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Ojanpera | 2/17/2014

    " Such a wonderful classic. I laughed. It reminded me not to get to big for your britches. even if you are Titania, Queen of the Fairies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalikokat | 2/8/2014

    " I loved. Especially Puck's monologue at the end. Shakespeare is such an amazing writer, how he's able to come up with all this is just incredible! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephani | 1/25/2014

    " I love the Cambridge School Editions of Shakespeare's plays. They are helpful for students and for teachers. Each page facing Shakespeare's original text has summary, plot, and character notes, explanation of unfamiliar words, and activities for bringing the play to life in a classroom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/24/2014

    " While I am not a huge Shakespeare fan I did find this particular play to be pretty darn good. I enjoyed the fact that there was this mix of fantasy with ideas that we can all relate to with unrequited love. It was fascinating to see how Shakespeare made fun of his own play "Romeo and Juliet" within the story as well. There is such a great woven story here that anyone that enjoys reading plays should read this. This was another book that I had to read for my Theatre course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 1/9/2014

    " Of all the classic stories I've read, this is my favorite. Everythin is so colorful as you read, you think glittery wings and blooming flowers underneath twisting tree branches and looming shadows. It sounds real dumb and girly, but if you look at it a certain way, you can see the magic from the book in your own mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/7/2014

    " Shakespeare's best comedy, in my opinion. Puck is one of my favorite literary characters of all time and the entire situation -- especially the involvement of the faeries and the mockery made of Romeo and Juliet with Pyramus and Thisbe -- is fantastic. I'm especially a fan of the dialogue in this piece, and the pacing of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/4/2014

    " One of the only Shakespeare plays I really, truly love. (I know, I know, I'm a terrible English major.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danika Hunt | 1/3/2014

    " Loved from beginning to end even when I was mildly confused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 1/2/2014

    " Good stuff! I enjoyed the balance of this against the Shakespeare I am used to (tragedies: R&J, Macbeth, Hamlet) and the changed metaphor of the forest is pretty fantastic. I really enjoyed it -- contemplating ways to teach it! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilee | 12/30/2013

    " I really liked this one. It's fun and playful. Puck is funny (and maybe a little creepy), and Bottom is a riot. I'm continually impressed with how different each of Shakespeare's plays are. This one has the added bonus of drugging people with love potions. Always fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merryb | 12/12/2013

    " well you just have to give this 5 stars dont you? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 11/28/2013

    " I love Shakespeare's comedies :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/13/2013

    " I was honestly surprised on how funny this play really was. I knew it was supposed to be a comedy, but I didn't think I'd be laughing out loud as much as I did. Highly recommend it... especially Act V. ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/12/2013

    " Needed to reread this wonderful piece to prepare for a call back. I'm happy to say that the play is as brilliant as I always felt it was and my callback was successful and I've been cast as Bottom the Weaver! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/21/2013

    " This is definitely my favorite Shakespeare play that I've read so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/5/2013

    " Great, but i had to have the translation into modern english so i could understand it. very funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Strickland | 6/26/2013

    " First Shakespeare read. Wow. I've been missing out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecilia | 4/16/2013

    " I read this when I was in high school and the one line that I still remember quite clearly is "The more I loveth him the more he hateth me." I think high school me related very well to that. Incredibly funny! Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mabel | 2/27/2013

    " Margaret Mitchell played "Bottom" in this play at Washington Seminary. Ha! Ass's head and all!! I wish I could have seen it. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 2/20/2013

    " Funny, yes, it is funny. English class purposes. Perhaps it was just hilarious - the thought that it only happened in one midsummer night's dream. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aseel Ameen | 1/22/2013

    " read shakespeare's tragdies FOLKS!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddy Delgado | 1/1/2013

    " St. Agnes required reading???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 smith stephanie | 8/19/2012

    " I thought it was an interesting peace of writing that made you really think about what Shakespeare was trying to say, and the whole time you were wondering what the fairies had to do with the young lovers... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbyn | 7/30/2012

    " OMG. Shakespeare, where are you now? This book is super funny and a very good book/play to read when feeling gloomy. (If you can pick out the humour in it.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noelle Chaban | 7/26/2012

    " Not my favorite play, but what can I honestly say about Shakespeare that hasn't been said? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/24/2012

    " True quote from my father to my brother, Evan: "We should've named you Lysander." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabe Redel | 9/19/2011

    " The book was great. For any fantasy or sci-fi fan, this is the Shakespeare for you! And if you ever get the chance, go see it live at the Shakespeare theater in Chicago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/10/2011

    " It's really a fun plot and I can only guess that it's amazing on stage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecily | 5/23/2011

    " this book is hilarious! this entire play expresses Shakespeare's imagination as a writer; the play is extremely delightful by all of the chaos that was created especially when the fairies intervened! i loved it! my fave character was Nick Bottom and Robin! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 5/22/2011

    " This is absolutely my favorite Shakespeare play, as those of you who read my novel, Hanging On, might already know. The movie rocked, too, and not just because it had Michelle Pfeiffer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 5/21/2011

    " An amusing read, and proof that Shakespeare could write in so many different styles and subjects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " As with Twelfth Night, I've seen this in a few too many amateur productions. But still. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 5/17/2011

    " I prefer post modern literature, didn't he get flunkies to write half his stuff? hmm "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya | 5/17/2011

    " Tragedy ages better than comedy. Blasphemy, I know. It's Shakespeare, but still. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trissy | 5/16/2011

    " this is my fav play love it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 5/12/2011

    " My favorite of all Shakespeare's plays! "

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Author William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.