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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: December 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Allison | 2/4/2014

    " One of my favorite plays of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caracalla | 1/29/2014

    " The start of the Piers Gaveston storyline worked quite well for me, and the ending had some very nice touches, and these things redeem it from two stars. Otherwise, an unengaging narrative overall, and often quite pedestrian poetry and drama "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/25/2014

    " Finally I get to read a Shakespearian contemporary for work. This play is interesting and toys with what is acceptable and what is not. His death is most unpleasant I hear and a gross over reaction. Marlowe does well and it's plain to see why he was Shakespeare's greatest rival. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/19/2014

    " This play is largely interesting in the interpretations of Edward II's perceived homoerotic tendencies, as well as of his murder. When it comes down to it, I just plain prefer Shakespeare for histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giles Ayers | 1/5/2014

    " Surprisingly dece; apparently there are Elizabethan dramatists beside Shakespeare. Who knew! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carl Hesler | 1/1/2014

    " I liked reading the language aloud, but oy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dmack | 12/16/2013

    " remember nothing about it except i had to read it for college class "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sachin | 11/21/2013

    " Simply superb, one of the finest Elizabethan dramatist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Norcross | 11/12/2013

    " An interesting glimpse at English Renaissance homosexuality and an interesting study on the nature of kingship and rebellion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/13/2013

    " One of the more beautifully written plays from this time I've had to read. Personally, I think Marlowe's writing is much more beautiful (and more interesting!) than Shakespeare's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikyla Rae Veis | 9/5/2012

    " Wish the final death scene were as culturally pervasive as the crucifixion... Perhaps school children would be more empathetic to homosexuals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Micha | 9/3/2012

    " What I've learned? When it comes to choosing between your kingdom and a pretty boy, you should probably choose your kingdom. Not that I would, but that probably just strengthens the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/22/2012

    " I love Marlowe. He was more popular than Shakespeare in his time, and his plays are more bombastic, more in-your-face, less subtle. Edward II is maybe Marlowe's most lurid, and it's my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sage | 5/5/2012

    " I am very fond of this play and the broad range of interpretations available based on how the actors interpret the roles. It's an incredibly versatile text, and the language of some portions is really beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tree | 12/26/2011

    " More lovably horrible characters. You really have to love Marlowe for his political commentary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 11/28/2011

    " Entertaining mixture of random violence and purple prose, as ever. How anyone takes Marlowe seriously is beyond me, he's definitely the Jerry Bruckheimer to Shakespeare's Lynch (or something), but fun nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine | 9/5/2011

    " Uhhhh, really Edward, you can't contain your lust and affection for just one moment? You are a king, do you not realize that? get your shit together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Landry | 8/12/2011

    " Wonderful play -- I didn't so much like the film adaptation by Derek Jarman, but this is a fantastic play to examine, especially in the study of literature and sexualities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jgilon41 | 3/8/2011

    " Betrayal, quick twists and doubles, of sorts. "

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