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Cymbeline Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,604 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Shakespeare Society Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of Shakespeare's final works, Cymbeline uses virtuoso theatrical and poetic means to dramatize a story of a marriage endangered by mistrust and painfully rebuilt, in a context of international conflict. This edition emphasizes the play's theatrical impact and pays close attention to its complex, evocative language. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Scott Smith | 2/9/2014

    " Why don't they read this one in high school? It is way more interesting the Romeo and Juliet or Julius Caesar. I think anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Broodingferret | 2/5/2014

    " This was a fun diversion from school work. Not one of my favorite plays by the Bard, but well-done, regardless. I often find that Shakespeare's histories rely a bit too heavily on the deus ex machina of god(s)/fate/magic/whatever to wrap up their conflicts, as though historical occurrences, at the time of their commencement, had to have been preordained in order to have unfolded as they did. I realize this lends a mythic property to historical events, and that the whole "the universe always rights itself" thing was endemic to the Elizabethan mind (see The Elizabethan World View by E. M. W. Tillyard for a full treatment of the subject), but it gets a bit repetitive, at least from my vantage point in the 21st Century. The language of Cymbeline, however, as is the case in all of Shakespeare's plays that I've read, is beautifully rendered and more than makes up for any predictability of plot, so I certainly have no regrets in reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Kaydence | 1/25/2014

    " This play is not one of Shakespeare's best. It seems to have plot points from every other one of his plays thrown in. The story itself deals with murder, betrayal, kidnapping, war, and still it ends as a light-hearted play. It doesn't make any sense. Not to mention the title character is in and has very little to do with the play altogether. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Ann Canann | 1/22/2014

    " This had been my least favorite of the late romances. I had read it only once long ago before rereading it now in preparation for the wonderful S.F.Shakespeare Co.'s 2011 production. Taken as a melodramatic fairy-tale it is really quite fun. I do think it is better seen than read, just as the Bard intended. It is not the real prehistoric British King Cymbeline, who is the central character, but rather his delightful daughter, Innogen [sic]. It is here where we find the line, "The game is up." "

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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.