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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,561 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Lamb Narrator: David Ian Davies Publisher: One Voice Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Charles and Mary Lamb took what most agree is a romance and the story of a king's jealousy, anger, mistaken sense of betrayal by his wife and the consequences of his retaliation upon his friends and family, and successfully transformed it into a children's version which ends happily when he learns how wrong he has been about almost everything.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kadie Bennion | 2/19/2014

    " This is a good book for those of us who like Shakespeare, but have a hard time with his flowery writing. It's got all of the Shakespeare stories, but not the "ye olde english" writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/30/2014

    " This books helps to take Shakespeare out of "play" format into story-telling - great for reading with the kids - and an intro to the much longer play and old-English format. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/16/2014

    " a good way to introduce children to the stories of shakespeare's tales if not his gift of words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francine | 1/15/2014

    " Have seen the movies, read and reread many stories, but it is always nice to read about the human condition again, and to find out nothing has ever changed about people s good and dark sides. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. | 1/8/2014

    " This was my first introduction to Shakespeare work and it was in my 1st year at the prep. school it was part of my curriculum, we took the plays over the three years of the English course and it was great.From there I get to read some of the whole plays on separate occasions "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/3/2014

    " This book entertained me really good and it was on about shakespear. "

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

    " The kids begged for more Shakespeare. No, really, they did. Although it was a difficult read aloud with all of it's run on sentences, this was a wonderful version of Shakespeare. Not overly simplified but easier than reading the plays. I had intended to read one story a month to them but ended up doing one or more a week! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 12/30/2013

    " It was a good idea to write the stories out, if there are any faults it's just the ideas of the stories themselves, and they came from the playwrite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/22/2013

    " readable to kids and adults! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/22/2013

    " Purchased this for a synopsis of one play but will probably read others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 12/9/2013

    " Great for introducing Shakespeare to children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tierra | 8/16/2013

    " I have had this book for at least 15 years and this is the book that made me fall in love with the stories by Shakespeare. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robyn | 6/20/2013

    " Dense, dry, and difficult to follow. I can't imagine how this book became so popular. There must be better options out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamera | 6/12/2013

    " This is the most basic break down I have ever read of Shakespeare's work- it's great to familiarize yourself with a particular piece before reading and dissecting the original version. I also highly recommend as a way for younger readers to get a feel for the bard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Egbert | 4/26/2013

    " All homes should use this book to introduce young people to Shakespeare! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/3/2013

    " My first introduction to Shakespeare as a small child and it was such a good way to read the stories "

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

    " Especially for Lovely Lucy. My intellectual grandaughter. The best beginner's Shakespeare. Easy read and very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 5/2/2012

    " This re-taling of Shakespeare classics is great. I enjoy reading them to my chilren. They are shortened a lot but the language is not over-simplified. The book was written in 1807 and a lot of the wording is directly from the original plays so my younger children don't understand everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/19/2012

    " Just right for family reading time, both to enjoy the stories and to learn about them prior to viewing a stage performance or movie version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 2/9/2012

    " This was my first introduction to shakespear. I would highly recomend it for thise just starting or for younger readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/3/2011

    " Beautifully written and a great introduction to the plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 11/18/2011

    " aaah oh now I get it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jtz | 9/4/2011

    " this is a very good pre-shakespeare book for kids. the tales are told in a story line instead of a play scrpt, so i find it easier to follow!:) it is also a good read-aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 8/18/2011

    " So helpful. I fell in love with (and memorized) Shakespeare's stories before I could fully understand his language. I credit this book as one of the reasons people tell me that I'm the best Shakespeare storyteller ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Littlemama | 7/17/2011

    " The taming of the shrew-I think that Katharine had a very bad temper. I think that Petruchio was crazy to want marry Katharine. 7/11 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 7/13/2011

    " This is the copy I bought for my children in 1976 which is a fascsimile of the 1909 Edition and is illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Whenever I attend a Shakespearn play, I not only read the play, but read Charles & Mary Lamb's synopsis. It's a great resource. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nix | 6/16/2011

    " This book was a good introduction to some of the plays I haven't read yet and a good review of those I have studied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jtz | 4/6/2011

    " this is a very good pre-shakespeare book for kids. the tales are told in a story line instead of a play scrpt, so i find it easier to follow!:) it is also a good read-aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 2/8/2011

    " If you're a fan of short stories and suck at interpreting prolific sentences, this book is for you. This is a good introduction for people who wants to meet Shakespeare's works but too lazy to read them.

    It's like reading Edith Hamilton's Mythology, easy, breezy, reading but satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tierra | 2/1/2011

    " I have had this book for at least 15 years and this is the book that made me fall in love with the stories by Shakespeare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/2/2010

    " a good way to introduce children to the stories of shakespeare's tales if not his gift of words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/30/2010

    " This books helps to take Shakespeare out of "play" format into story-telling - great for reading with the kids - and an intro to the much longer play and old-English format.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/25/2010

    " Well, I certainly thought it was easier to read these stories (though there were a lot of annoyingly simply spelling mistakes) than the original Shakespeare. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 8/3/2010

    " aaah oh now I get it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peacenow | 6/22/2010

    " Especially for Lovely Lucy. My intellectual grandaughter. The best beginner's Shakespeare. Easy read and very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 5/21/2010

    " One of the best books to lead any young person into the plays of Shakespeare beautifully. I loved these as a child and it has been fun reading them to my kids. Its still as fresh now as I remember it. A joy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clarmelia | 5/17/2010

    " It wasn't a bad introduction to Shakespeare when I was a kid. Even though I'm not a big fan of abridgments or adaptations, I felt like this was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/3/2010

    " This book was a great adventure for someone as unenlightened as me. All of Shakespear's plays are summarized in a neat 10-20 pages and include famous or/and pivotal quotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imani ? ? | 3/17/2010

    " I've had this book for like five years and have yet to finish all the stories in here. Pathetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giselle | 2/12/2010

    " This book was a good introduction to some of the plays I haven't read yet and a good review of those I have studied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/11/2010

    " This isn't the exact edition I don't think, but it's close enough. Charles and Mary Lamb do an excellent job of translating several Shakespeare plays into modern, simple English prose for children. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Lamb

Siblings Charles and Mary Lamb were luminaries of early nineteenth-century literary life and key figures in the Romantic movement. Their well-known Tales from Shakespeare, first published in 1807 and never out of print, was written to encourage the poetic impulse in children and prepare them to enjoy the actual plays later in life.

About the Narrator

David Ian Davies is a product of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Emigrating to California early in life, he did many Shakespearean plays at the Globe and other theaters in Hollywood. He has been devoted to voice-over work for many years.