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Extended Audio Sample As You Like It: Saddlebacks Illustrated Classics Audiobook, by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,708 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Orlando makes his way to the court of Duke Frederick and falls desperately in love with the Duke's niece, Rosalind. Meanwhile, in the Forest of Arden, the Old Duke is living peacefully after having his throne usurped by his brother, Frederick. Orlando learns about a threat on his life and flees to the forest. Shortly thereafter, Rosalind is banished by her uncle and also seeks safety there disguised as a boy. Will the Old Duke recognize his daughter? Will the lovers be reunited? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 2/10/2014

    " Great play! Some characters have some serious humor, if you're smart enough to identify it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitti | 2/10/2014

    " Delightful. A quick breath of fresh air. "

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

    " we did this play for school and it was so fun with all the messups and.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angélique | 2/2/2014

    " Not the most enjoyable thing I've read by Shakespeare but not the most tedious either. I just couldn't connect with this play. I have a feeling I would enjoy seeing it staged much more than I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny | 2/2/2014

    " LOTS of witty banter and puns, rich & colorful characters (esp. Rosaline), but not as much poetry or "great lines" as you might find in some of the other plays. The recurring we're-in-a-play meta-joke is particularly interesting because Rosalind is both in love, and playing at being in love--- & maybe that's love at its best (I'm taking this thought from Harold Bloom, I think). "

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

    " I saw the play at the London Globe. We stood at the feet of the players and were swept away by the jovial wit of Shakespeare and his love of words. We awoke the next morning with our own Shakespearean wordings to tickle our ears as we went through our every day living. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/12/2014

    " This was a re-read, technically, but I actually read this specific version, along with all hundred pages of background information and analytical essays. I liked reading it while looking specifically for gender-related issues, since it was for my lit and gender class. I JUST LOVE THIS PLAY SO MUCH. "

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

    " This is a comedy and one of the few plays by Shakespeare that I honestly enjoyed. I believe the movie She's the Man was inspired by this play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shandril93 | 12/24/2013

    " Performed Fall semester of my senior year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sissy | 11/17/2013

    " UM - the best Shakespeare play... EVER! I was even thinking that if I ever had a daughter I would name her Aliena. Crazy, I know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Loeffler | 9/24/2013

    " I did like it. The play has some great lines and monologues--ones that stick with you long afterward. Not my favorite of the comedies, but it's right up there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexandru Constantin | 8/2/2013

    " This is a boring idiotic play. I think ol'Shakey thought the same thing, thus the dumb name. Its the Shakespearean era version of Entertainment Tonight. The only redeeming quality is the "All the World is a Stage" speech right towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mishti Sharma | 5/20/2013

    " My first Shakespeare book! And indeed I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 4/21/2013

    " Some nice wordplay and memorable lines but one of Shakey's weaker plays. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Duncan Whitehead | 12/8/2012

    " Unfortunately - and quite surprisingly really and in the spirit of the title of the play and in response to Mr Shakespeare - As you like it...no, William, I did not like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Chambers | 3/23/2012

    " It's okay. Kind of full of tropes that are explored in better works of Shakespeare. I'm just not feeling it. There's some interesting perspectives explored by some of the characters but never as fully realized as they should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 10/30/2011

    " Rosalind is a compelling character (the others aren't, however) and there are some beautiful, memorable lines here. Not one of Shakespeare's very best, but a strong play overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.E. | 4/29/2011

    " I don't think I was in the mood. All I could hear were huge chunks of text devoted to communicating single thoughts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zoe | 4/17/2011

    " I pretty much read this at the wrong time. I'm sure if I come back to it with more energy to analyze I'll adore it. But as it stands I wasn't in the mood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 4/11/2011

    " Rosalind's character was quite interesting. I also liked the free verse. I wonder if I liked it because it was an almost mindless comedy.

    Maybe there were a few too many metaphors about plays, because I don't think it would be of the character to know about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthie | 3/30/2011

    " Not my favorite Shakespeare, but still pretty good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 3/27/2011

    " I only liked the famous soliloquy "Seven stages of men", but I've neither agreed with his aspects on life nor liked the whole story in question. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/20/2011

    " Useful edition of a unique play about becoming ready to grow up and stop playing with love, and truly love instead. I know of only one other play about this, and it is quite different. "

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

    " I'm my father's child. I really like Shakespeare. I think if we ever have another son I might name him William. My favorite line is, "I'll have no husband, if you be not he". "

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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.