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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,222 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Marlowe Narrator: Toby Jones, Patrick Kennedy, Anastasia Hill Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's notorious portrait of a weak king in thrall to his passions, who pays the ultimate price for choosing his heart over his political responsibilities. Originally broadcast 13 September 2009 in the Drama on 3 slot. Edward, preoccupied by the banishment of his lover, Gaveston, barely acknowledges the nascent crises that threaten his realm. Chief among his critics is the morally righteous Mortimer, horrified by the king's criminal lapse of duty and yet able to countenance the further crime of taking arms against his king. As their enmity develops, and Mortimer's political grip tightens, he takes Queen Isabella as a lover, and plots the death of Edward, even after his abdication.

Toby Jones stars as Edward, Patrick Kennedy as Mortimer and Anastasia Hille as Queen Isabella. Produced by Jessica Dromgoole.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Trendhater73: S. Bledsoe | 2/19/2014

    " Wow. Such a boring play. Edward II comes off as a whining idiot. His affection for Gaveston is pathetic and I cannot believe he lasted as king for more than a few weeks. I am not entirely familiar with Edward II as a real person, therefore I cannot comment much on this representation of his character. It does make me wonder how he would react to it though. In this play, he is portrayed as a love sick idiot who is so taken by a man that he forsakes his wife. There is much more to it, but that is mostly what I got from my reading. It was hard to keep my eyes open during this one. I must say, I do not like Marlowe's writing. Shakespeare is much more my cup of proverbial tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maria | 2/10/2014

    " Marlowe is a truly intriguing playwright, willing to jump into the most difficult topics and display them to the full. Edward II deals with homosexuality not as a disease, but as a pure love between individuals, but this is not the only merit of this challenging play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melody | 2/7/2014

    " The Kindle edition of this book was all kinds of awful format wise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allison | 2/4/2014

    " One of my favorite plays of all time. "

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