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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (34,922 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: David Tennant, Juliet Stevenson, Anton Lesser, Maxine Peake, Stella Gonet, Bertie Carvel, Alex Jennings Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Shakespeare's Sonnets, one of the most remarkable collections of poetry, was first published in 1609, 400 years ago by Mr Thomas Thorpe. Naxos AudioBooks marks the occasion with a selection of 80 of the finest, read by leading actors. The selection includes famous ones such as 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' as well as lesser well-known sonnets though of equally fine stature. 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 Krystina Bennett | 2/3/2014

    " I'm a poet, so Shakespeare's sonnets never fail to impress me. Knowing the history of the Petrarchan sonnet, it's amazing how he took this form and made it his own. His word choices and imagery are gorgeous, and his subjects are timeless. Shakespeare's poetry ranges from love and adoration to death and poverty. I can honestly say that his form and style have influenced my own poetry in so many ways, and even inspires me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Denison | 1/11/2014

    " Only the redundancy of the subject matter in these poems prevents me from giving them the 5 stars they would otherwise deserve. Individually, each sonnet is an unbelievable gem, but as a whole their message is oftentimes redundant and this proves quite frustrating at times. If only Shakespeare had expended his efforts on a greater diversity of subject matter! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte Coleman | 1/5/2014

    " Very good. Really relevant to today. Must check out Sonnets 18 and 19. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda Lea Brayton | 12/26/2013

    " One never "finishes reading" Shakespeare. One only revisits his works as often as possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carri | 12/23/2013

    " Certainly stimulates feelings of love... and gets the mind thinking. Reminds "where's your heart at?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Eret | 12/20/2013

    " Everyone should have the Sonnets in paperback or the Bard's complete works-we all have our favorites-so many great sonnets to read and reread and treasure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/15/2013

    " Reall amazing texture and layers. Double and triple-word play. You can mine new gem out of any one of these sonnets with every read. I loved it. "

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

    " My mom has a masters in English, and teaches high school AP English. I would be disowned if i did not read William Shakespeare! These are classics! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 10/17/2013

    " As a completist, I read them all, but didn't really bond with the sonnets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Boardman | 8/18/2013

    " What's there to say? Lucrece is my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana Mcdevitt | 4/4/2013

    " 154 pieces of art that can be read again and again an every time you can find something new in them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 1/26/2013

    " This edition is super neat. It has short summaries for each sonnet (in case you are totally lost) and explanations for difficult lines and weird Shakespearean words. For the first time, I'm really understanding Shakespeare, and what do you know? I love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubree Bowling | 11/17/2012

    " I read these over a period of about a month. It was slow going, but I thought that for poetry, which is ultimately not my area, I enjoyed them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronique | 7/14/2012

    " I love this edition! Katherine Duncan Jones is the bomb! She gets it! Wonderful! Much better than Vendler's sympathetic version--sorry! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noreen | 5/31/2012

    " Don't know how long the group has been meeting--two years? three years? I've lost count. But we've finally made our way (slowly, meticulously, and with many heated discussions) through all of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 3/23/2012

    " Beautiful classics. We should all delve beyond just Sonnet 18. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adriana | 3/6/2012

    " Not easy to read for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lance Lusk | 12/24/2011

    " Arden does the best editions of Shakespeare, and this version of his sonnets is no different. I appreciate the logical layout of sonnet on one side and helpful and explanatory notes on the other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mela | 10/26/2011

    " and every fair from fair sometimes declines "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/9/2011

    " You don't read this book. You make love to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 7/6/2011

    " Beautiful. Shakespeare is a lyrical genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 White | 5/27/2011

    " I just like Shakespeare. After taking a class on him in college, the becomes very easy to read. I love his words, he uses very little to say a wide variety of perspectives in one sentence. No one is quite like him. This book is as great as everything else he writes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mandy | 1/8/2011

    " im not a poetic person and so this was not that amusing for me, the wrighting of shakespear will always be classics "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 1/5/2011

    " Some of my favorite poems are Shakespeare's sonnets. Beautiful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 1/1/2011

    " What is not to love? Number 80 is a big favorite of mine. It was the one I had to learn and recite in high school and I still remember all the words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pure..~ | 11/24/2010

    " it is some thing really special ..
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookluver | 7/22/2010

    " These Sonnets were really good (even though I couldn't understand them that well). They were still really good and very heart felt "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariella | 1/20/2010

    " One of Shakespeare's less known works, but really truly powerful. Not only do the poems talk of love, lust, and relationships, but they go deep into values and the fundamentals for finding love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Azra | 12/9/2009

    " shall i compare thee to a summers day
    even more lovely and more template
    and rough winds do shake the darling budds of may
    and summers leath hath all to short adate .. "

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

    " Given to me by an ex girlfriend when I was 17 or 18. One of my most cherished possessions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 11/9/2009

    " I love these poems and I would pick them to take if I had to go to a desert island - along with the plays. They are, of course, meaningful, beautifully written, ironic and profound in many ways and make me think of things and people I love when I read them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raleighhunter | 10/1/2009

    " 2/3 of his sonnets are about how children are the only way to live forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga | 8/31/2009

    " my favourite is sonnet N 109... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rllk4 | 8/30/2009

    " As a completist, I read them all, but didn't really bond with the sonnets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Koolmom84 | 7/5/2009

    " Anyone who likes to go back in time (and think about just having time to read) will enjoy this book even if the poems are not easily understood. I like to spend my time trying to figure out their meaning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 7/2/2009

    " Something from this book hits me at least once each week. I needs a second read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 6/3/2009

    " SONNET 116 is the STUFF! "

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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.