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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (82,655 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: John Gielgud Publisher: Caedmon Audio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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This remarkable collection contains some of William Shakespeare's most famous speeches, soliloquies, and sonnets, as performed by Sir John Gielgud, the preeminent Shakespearean actor of the 20th century.

Debuting on Broadway in 1958, Ages of Man became a worldwide sensation, selling out theaters all over North America, France, and even behind the Iron Curtain. Its selections are divided into Youth, Manhood, and Age, including scenes from such masterpieces as Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and King Lear.

This exquisite, Grammy-winning recital is a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for the uninitiated and a thrilling treat for aficionados.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhubia De albuquerque | 2/16/2014

    " Onnce you seen 10 things i hate about you this book is not as cool but still is funny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/4/2014

    " Pretty fun. I love Shakespear's use of language "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Servini | 1/28/2014

    " I know this book provokes a lot of criticism these days because of its apparantly sexist overtones, but the writing in this play is brilliant. The attitudes themselves, of course, reflect those of Shakespeare's day and the whole plot is based on premise we would consider degrading. Nonetheless, I found it very funny when I first read it, several years ago and still enjoy it today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 1/21/2014

    " Went to a stage play in High school. Both were not to my liking, the book or the play. Same goes with most of Shakespeare- I did not see the purpose of reading them at the time. Now I still don't like them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tpshinskie | 1/19/2014

    " I just laughed so hard when I read this story. William Shakespear actually has a sense of humor. This story was seen through multiple adaptations in movies. One of the best ones was from a musical "Kiss Me Kate". I also so a play at Miller Outdoor Theater. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esmeralda Plangesis | 1/8/2014

    " Another example of William Shakespeare's insight into human relationships. Recently saw the film version-excellent portrayal of "the shrew" by Elizabeth Taylor opposite Richard Burton-very entertaining and funny! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 12/7/2013

    " Don't like Shakespeare's comedies much anyway, and this one makes me really angry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/21/2013

    " Twisted for love. I like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda Beecroft | 9/10/2013

    " not one of my shakespeare favs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 4/2/2013

    " I loved this book! It was sooo funny! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Beth | 12/15/2012

    " I would like to note, that what I read of it, I enjoyed. I however, do not have the time to finish it, and do plan on finishing it later this year. I will change my review to be fitting once I have done so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Rhoades | 10/3/2012

    " One of my Shakespeare faves...next to Romeo and Juliette. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jordan | 7/23/2012

    " Has to be one of my least favorite of Shakespeare's works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie Riggsby | 7/17/2012

    " My favorite shrew - Kate. My favorite bantering partner - Petruchio. For me this one started it all...the male-female comedic banter that I so love in books, movies and TV shows. Loved re-reading it and especially this edition which has a lot of extras. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D. Eric | 6/15/2012

    " An enjoyable comedy, but the Shrew is not so shrewish as I remember and is actually tamed fairly easily. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faith Hobby | 12/30/2011

    " Based on the time period of anti-female empowerment. Interesting, but irritating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caileen | 7/28/2011

    " Good, A bit confusion until after Act I! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/23/2011

    " Once again, hysterically funny but very hard to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 4/8/2011

    " I learnt dis poem n ma school...nd since den I have always loved nd treasured it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rolls | 3/19/2007

    " Stunning. If you love Shakespeare you HAVE to hear this. Clurman said listening to Gielgud was like hearing Shakespeare think. He was absolutely right. "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrator

Sir John Gielgud (1904–2000) is arguably the greatest Shakespearean actor of the twentieth century and one of the best overall actors of his generation. His theatrical career spanned more than sixty years, beginning with a role in the London production of The Constant Nymph and ending with Sir Sydney Cockerell: The Best of Friends in 1988. His film career spanned more than seventy years and saw him in such roles as the Pope in Elizabeth, Priam in Hamlet, Professor of Sunlight in Gulliver’s Travels, and Master of Trinity in Chariots of Fire.