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3.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 5 3.58 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Alec McCowen and full cast Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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The Comedy of Errors is likely the very first play Shakespeare ever wrote, and for that reason alone it deserves a special place in literary history. Yet, despite the author's lack of maturity, the play is unmistakably the work of a burgeoning master. A farce of a type that was wildly popular in Shakespeare's day, The Comedy of Errors transcends its genre, and is as accessible and as entertaining as any of the Bard's later comedies. Revolving around the naturally comedic themes of identical twins and mistaken identity, The Comedy of Errors is a delightful milestone in the remarkable career of the greatest dramatist of all time. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/19/2014

    " a silly, enjoyable farce. I love Shakespeare's female characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 2/16/2014

    " Really underrated play, kinda fluffy compared to Much Ado About Nothing or The Taming of the Shrew, but straightforwardly funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 serrulatae (girl a) | 2/6/2014

    " A play with a hilariously absurd premise-- two sets of twins separated at birth, each twin with the same name as his brother. Lots of mistaken identities and confusion. This is probably funnier performed than read as a lot of the humour is slapstick. "

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

    " I just read this for my book group and it was so entertaining! I loved all the mistaken identity, and of course, the twins and more twins. After the first couple of scenes, the reading began to flow very quickly. I believe it is Shakespeare's shortest work, and it was very funny. I'd love to see it performed! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 1/31/2014

    " Really excellent insults and figures of speech throughout a ridiculous play. This play should not be performed "straight," or read silently--you need a framing device, or great physical comedy, or *something* to bring it up to the level of Shakespeare's other plays. Because there really isn't much to this farce, and what little substance there is, is a bit sketchy (ah, beating one's slave--hilarity!). Also, I hate mistaken identity stories, so I was prejudiced against this from the start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holliann | 1/27/2014

    " This is my favorite of Shakespeare's works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/20/2014

    " Nice to read a comedy for a change. Good laughs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milkman3367 | 1/18/2014

    " A prime example of a play which, although decent on the page, is excellent on the stage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss Scarlet | 1/18/2014

    " Interesting and amusing, but not his finest work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dexter/Persy | 1/10/2014

    " Great fun! Bit hard to get into at first, but it's hilarious once you do. I feel very sorry for everyone in this play, but that doesn't make it any less funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ✮ Ї'м Йоt Шєїґd, Ї'м GÑ—ftÑ”d ღ ~ Йцмєу ☮ | 1/3/2014

    " Comic Miscommunication. Also known as Comedy of Errors. Was funny, I liked it, would recommend to anyone who want to have a good laugh along with enriched and old English! =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 12/28/2013

    " I was a main role in this play. This play will make you laugh out loud, and will keep you entertained throughout the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Swords | 12/22/2013

    " The plot is a simple of case of mistaken identity, which leads to plenty of mayhem that everyone will enjoy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sylvain | 12/19/2013

    " Even Shakespeare couldn't make this shit good. "

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

    " None of these folks remembered they were twins?!?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sher | 6/15/2013

    " This is a great farce, and a lot of fun. I saw this performed once at the Shakespeare festival in Cedar City, and loved it. It is just kind of silly. I have to be in the mood for it, but when I want to be a little silly myself, this play is the perfect companion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon A | 10/18/2012

    " I'm not really into this sort of thing but this one was a tad bit amusing. I bet the author could have been a rapper.... amused. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl | 10/17/2012

    " Reading this aloud to my 5 year old sister probably doubled the enjoyment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenifer | 9/11/2012

    " I didn't do too well. Made it to act 4 and quit, even using an online synopsis, which I also didn't finish. I didn't get it, I didn't laugh. It was just too hard for me. I need professional interpretation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 1/31/2012

    " amusing little play, much better acted in a theatre piece than read as a play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dr.dipika Vasava | 1/19/2012

    " one of his best play "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Peterson | 1/9/2012

    " Two sets of identical twins. Mistaken identities. These factors provide the makings of this Shakespearian comedy. The humor is broad. It is not necessarily as well designed and crafted as other comedies, but it does have its moments indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayla | 10/11/2011

    " This is such a great story! I could read this every week, and still be amused. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tory | 7/4/2011

    " I typically do not like Shakespeare but this is the one play that I was laughing out loud to myself while reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 5/19/2011

    " Light, fluffy, super quick read. You can tell that it's the beginning of the canon and where Shakespeare starts exploring themes he'll use throughout the rest of his career: twins, exorcisms, priests and priestesses, clowns, mistaken identity, etc... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/19/2011

    " I cannot recommend the edition, but this is a great comedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/2/2011

    " read it for school; thought it was pretty funny :) Before, I hated shakespeare. But now that I've tried it, its actually not too hard to read once you get into the rhythm of it. Read it for plot, that is. I'm probably missing a heck of a lot of deeper stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenifer | 4/21/2011

    " I didn't do too well. Made it to act 4 and quit, even using an online synopsis, which I also didn't finish. I didn't get it, I didn't laugh. It was just too hard for me. I need professional interpretation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey / Euphoriafish | 4/20/2011

    " Really underrated play, kinda fluffy compared to Much Ado About Nothing or The Taming of the Shrew, but straightforwardly funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelle | 4/17/2011

    " OSF 2002 (I played a pickle saleswoman)
    CSF 2004 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 3/30/2011

    " Too funy. Although a bit unbelievable, I have to say that this would be fun to see it performed with a competent cast. I laughed several times throughout this short play and I remember being amazed at how someone who wrote such tragic and sad plays could write something so silly and hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alasdair | 3/2/2011

    " One of Shakespeare's early comedies - it is a simple story line prefiguring in some ways Twelfth Night. Interesting mostly to see the development of plot line in comparison to other comedies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/21/2011

    " A hilarious play on oft-mistaken identity. Excepting some interesting musings on time, gender, materialism and superstition, it really approaches an art for art's sake kind of work (more amusing and artistically entertaining than thought-provoking) at least to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/8/2011

    " It was the play that brought my youngest, who are twins, to Shakespeare. How could I not love it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 1/17/2011

    " Going to see the play later this month, so needed to read this beforehand. Definitely one of his shortest plays, but very entertaining. Looking forward to seeing this one performed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/13/2011

    " read for "Shakespeare's Plays" English class Freshman Year "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 1/10/2011

    " Two sets of identical twins. Mistaken identities. These factors provide the makings of this Shakespearian comedy. The humor is broad. It is not necessarily as well designed and crafted as other comedies, but it does have its moments indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 12/30/2010

    " This was fun. And it's a good commentary on master/servant relations in the Elizabethan period. "

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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.