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Great Historical Shakespeare Recordings Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Great Historical Shakespeare Recordings, by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 2.86 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: John Barrymore, Laurence Olivier, Henry Irving Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Original Staging Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this remarkable anthology of historical recordings are many of the great artists of the past. Early cylinder recordings of Sir Henry Irving preserve the voice and character of the greatest actor of the Victorian period as well as Ellen Terry, his stage partner for many years. In this program, the changing styles of Shakespeare performance, a fascinating study, are documented with such varied actors as Tree, Gielgud, Thorndike, Olivier, Booth, and Barrymore.

Also in this anthologhy, an entertaining miscellany of melodrama, tragedy, and comedy, including the famous extract of Edith Evans' performance as Lady Bracknell and an unforgettable dialogue between Laurel and Hardy.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Maria Waltner | 3/7/2006

    " Interesting to listen to once - not worth it to listen multiple times. Occasionally the exact same passages would be repeated twice by different actors which was ok for comparitive purposes but wasn't the reason I was listening... "

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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.