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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61,529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Group Publisher: Author's Republic Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781518939020
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As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare.
With its explorations of sexual ambivalence, As You Like It speaks directly to the twenty-first century. Rosalind’s authority in the play grows from new ideas about women and reveals that Shakespeare’s heroine reinvents herself for every age. But the play is also deeply rooted in Elizabethan culture, and through it Shakespeare addresses some of the hotly debated issues of the period.
The play features one of Shakespeare’s most famous and oft-quoted lines, “All the world’s a stage”, and has been adapted many times for radio, film, and musical theatre.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micha | 2/18/2014

    " My first Shakespeare (read, rather than performed). I'd just turned fourteen and was interested in Knowing the Literary Canon. I pretty much picked this play at random and imagined Orlando Bloom the whole time (Pirates of the Caribbean had just come out if you recall). I printed off "Why should this a desert be?" and stuck it to our fridge and for that reason still use the word "quintessence" more than any person should. It's also retained a very special place in my heart because it was the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amal Arrumaih | 2/16/2014

    " Was actually funny, well, as funny as Shakespeare can get. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bertie_wooster | 2/15/2014

    " This is one beautiful comedy complete with witty repartee, philosophy and silly romance. I completely enjoyed reading it, and found out that I can actually understand the prose much better now than in school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lia | 2/13/2014

    " A fun comedy, but not the greatest. Not all of Shakespeare's comedies are created equal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 2/9/2014

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

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

    " Loved it! Definitely an interesting ride and play to read for a class! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/4/2014

    " All the world's a stage . . . the quintessential Shakespearean comedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 2/1/2014

    " One of my faves by the Bard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alondra | 1/23/2014

    " What happens when the head of the English department picks out of a metaphorical bag of Shakespeare's works and gives our teacher thirty copies of it? Well, you get As You Like It, of course! A third of my class delighted in reading the Bard (okay, that's an exaggeration, for I was probably the only one that was excited for it from the onset), but as time passed (A LOT) we all had a secret party of celebration in our hearts whenever our teacher said: "Alright, take out your books, let's see if we can finish this act within the next twenty minutes". And we hardly did finish those acts, let me tell you, for ever single line had about five questions for it. Then, we'd go off in a tangent for ten minutes and Shakespeare was hardly attended to. Overall, I must say, this was a grand (oh, I'm sorry. Holden Caulfield doesn't like that word) choice for the class novel/play. I mean, there were eruptions of laughter when the teacher tried to explain the meaning of the word "housewife" or what Touchstone meant when he said "I broke my sword upon a stone". And of course, there's the thought of a boy on stage playing a girl pretending to be a boy who's acting the part of a girl so that this girl can get the boy. Quite hilarious indeed. The major obstacle was the famous writing itself, but, luckily for us, this beautiful book comes with explanations of each word or phrase that has died out in our language on the left hand page. And, when that was settled, the party began. *note* The reason this book got four stars was because I have tried to figure out the POINT of this book. Of course,it could have been just for the laughs...or...it could have represented the battle between nature and the artificial world (the Forest of Arden contrasting with the golden, pompous court). But who knows? After all, arsenic IS a natural poison. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 1/22/2014

    " I could read this, one hundred times over and never grow weary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/14/2014

    " It's funny how most of the villainous characters by a stroke of fortune always repent their evil ways and turn into god-fearing men. Oh Shakespeare, you. Ah well, happy endings galore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nika | 1/3/2014

    " I definatly saw the entire play...cant really remember reading it. It didnt seem that memorible to me. Unfortunatly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alusha | 12/25/2013

    " A nice and funny play by Shakespeare, I recommend this book to anyone who loves Shakespeare's work "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maxine | 12/20/2013

    " People falling in love, cross-dressing in the woods, crazy coincidences, and happily ever after in the end. It's like A Midsummer Night's Dream, but not interesting or magical. In real life, women cannot woo men and win them over. Didn't Shakespeare read "He's Just Not That Into You?" What, if any message, is to be taken from this play? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanairis | 12/20/2013

    " I reccommend this book for every one to read because it's really romantic & really sad at some points of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scroutch | 12/19/2013

    " What hijinks! Crazy Shakespeare! ...really, though. It's no Seinfeld. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Snarr | 12/18/2013

    " I love ALL of Shakespear's commedies! But I don't have the patience to wade through his tragedies. Plus, the film makes it so much more fun. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xiao | 12/9/2013

    " Love the story. Very funny. There was also a comic book version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 11/11/2013

    " One of Shakespeare's weird gender-swap, sort of accidentally homo-erotic comedies. Slightly more problematic than Twelfth Night but less so than the problem plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline Benoit | 11/10/2013

    " One of Willy's best. Humorous and powerful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asyoulikeit | 10/13/2013

    " yeah, i know..but you did 'see' the ending, right? 7/10 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Jensen | 9/16/2013

    " A great edition of a great play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmalee Miller | 7/14/2013

    " I adore Shakespeare. His work is pure beauty. I can't recommend his works enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 7/8/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrielle | 6/6/2013

    " I think this is one of Shakespeare's best. It is such a hilarious story that will keep you entertained to the very last page. Girls, another classic romance and one of my personal favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Miller | 4/3/2013

    " As usual, it took several pages to get my brain into "Shakespeare Prose" mode but I love all of these plays. This one will always be special, however, because a month ago I saw it performed at The Globe Theater in London! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 W | 3/22/2013

    " I liked this. It's funny (not expected) but it is. My super short review. Enjoy. =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Merritt | 3/5/2013

    " Surprisingly good. Very funny commentary on love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xiao | 10/28/2012

    " Love the story. Very funny. There was also a comic book version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/2/2012

    " My favorite Shakespearean comedy. Enough said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 4/3/2012

    " The play with the best bit of poetry Shakespeare ever penned: Jacques's "all the world's a stage" speech. And what female character is more brilliant and fine than she that's named fair Rosalind? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 3/25/2012

    " Shakespeare is much better when you read it. At least for me. It gives me time to digest the weird old English. But this comedy play is a bit too silly for me. Still there are some interesting parts to make it worth while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Lancaster | 3/20/2012

    " An adaptation for the stage of Lodge's novel; less violence, more humor (or humour), and the diety at the end. Who can top that? My favorite characters are the fools. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shahad Al-Khalaf | 2/19/2012

    " I can say that it is the best play written by Shakespeare. Pastoral comedy, Poetic, Love story, clown, laugh, wisdom..and more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adelaide | 2/6/2012

    " If only all bad rulers would suddenly decide to enter monasteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/30/2012

    " My favorite Shakespeare play! Love Love Love it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jed | 1/4/2012

    " This is romantic "comedy" written by Shakespeare is another classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyson | 1/3/2012

    " Definitely one of my favorite Shakespeare works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 9/9/2011

    " My favorite Shakespeare play, probably because it's the only one I understand. It's hilarious... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 4/27/2011

    " One of my Shakespeare favorites...light and comical! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe | 12/6/2010

    " Book on CD, need the book to be able to decipher some of the stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie Murray-Morris | 3/29/2010

    " One of my favourite Shakespeare plays so far. Funny and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan Williams | 12/23/2009

    " Not my favorite. The female liberation is an excellent area to critically focus on, however, nothing really happens. I was bored. Though this probably one of Shakespeare's sweeter stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeleine | 11/13/2009

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie Murray-Morris | 8/21/2009

    " One of my favourite Shakespeare plays so far. Funny and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/3/2009

    " These were the first four Shakespeare plays I ever read, thanks to an old edition of this book (or a similar collection of the same plays) on my parents' bookshelf. I always wanted to play Rosalind, Titania, and Viola! "

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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.