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3.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 53.08 out of 5 3.08 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Marsden Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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To be or not to be. That is still the question...

John Marsden, one of Australia's most-loved writers, takes Shakespeare's famous play and turns it into a moving and full-blooded novel. Hamlet, a Novel will be adored by readers young and old.

Hamlet's father has just died. By the time they've filled in the grave, his mother has remarried. Hamlet suspects foul play, and it's troubling his spirit.

Or maybe he was always troubled. Ophelia is in love with him. His best friend Horatio can't work him out. Then, on a cold, still night, Hamlet meets the ghost of his father. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Callie | 2/20/2014

    " Very faithful retelling of the original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Hanks | 2/14/2014

    " I loved it . I found it atmospheric and very engaging felt like i was there , walking through the mist occupying the same space as Hamlet was "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raphael Kabo | 1/26/2014

    " Brilliant! The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was the youth of Hamlet. He and his friends are teenagers (teenagers being, of course, Marsden's speciality), and it feels like the weight of both the castle and the story itself crushes them slowly as the book progresses. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 H3dakota | 1/20/2014

    " I have a slight addiction to Hamlet, so I'm afraid that I am a bit picky when it comes to variations of the story. I am sure the author is probably quite talented, but IMHO, this story was awful. It's sort of a Cliff Notes version, but in novel form. So many of the themes are missing from the story, whilst other elements have been added that I certainly never took away from Hamlet before (I really don't want to guess at the size of Hamlet's penis nor do I want to hear about his bowel movements)... especially the bit where the gardeners all know about his habit of going down to kill livestock. WTF? That would give us a person that would not hesitate to kill his uncle, to my way of thinking. Signs of a serial killer, hello?! LOL What a terrible waste of money this book was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 eXtreme | 1/1/2014

    " Love the imagery. Hate the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qylie | 12/21/2013

    " I loved this story and it might even encourage me to read the original. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 12/10/2013

    " Of course it can't compare to the original, but it might make a good companion novel for youth who have a difficult time understanding the play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 7/29/2013

    " Okay, this is kind of an interesting idea, but what's the point? Marsden made Hamlet a bit funnier but didn't really add anything. Kinda cool for what it was, but I feel like it wasn't a good use of my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 7/1/2013

    " A very interesting take on the Hamlet story that was less cerebral than the play with a more youthful interpretation of the title character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Demi | 2/22/2013

    " I am currently reading this book and I dont like it at all. I don't really recomend this to people but if you would like to read it, go for it!! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Breanna Morgan | 1/27/2013

    " This is weird, but I didn't actually read this, I read Hamlet by William Shakespeare, but it put my stats into the 1600's and that was no good, so here we are "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 7/19/2012

    " Funnier, more contemporary approach to Shakespeare's Hamlet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Caplan | 5/22/2012

    " Nothing spectacular. Prose version of the play -- not a fresh take. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindee | 4/14/2012

    " Great contemporary adaption of the famous Shakespearean play, 'Hamlet'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/17/2012

    " Marsden has managed to take a dark and disturbing Shakespeare play and make it into an even darker and more disturbing novel. Best suited for older teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Romy | 1/17/2012

    " Brilliantly written, bringing Shakespeare's Hamlet to life for the YA reader in an accessible format and at a griping pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph Levesque | 5/27/2011

    " While I enjoyed this quick read, I didn't see the reason for it. It didn't really seem to add much to the story of Hamlet... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/28/2011

    " An interesting version of Hamlet, with young Hamlet being slightly nuts from the get-go. (Ophelia was kind of a nut herself, but she obviously got worse.) I liked that the author included many of the original lines in this novelized version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess - The Tales Compendium | 4/25/2011

    " A great read from fantastic Australian author John Marsden. I wasn't sure what to expect considering I have never bothered to read anything by Shakespeare and only knew the general idea behind Hamlet but I was pleasantly surprised. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Demi | 3/31/2011

    " I am currently reading this book and I dont like it at all. I don't really recomend this to people but if you would like to read it, go for it!! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 2/19/2011

    " Love the imagery. Hate the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raphael | 12/2/2010

    " Brilliant! The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was the youth of Hamlet. He and his friends are teenagers (teenagers being, of course, Marsden's speciality), and it feels like the weight of both the castle and the story itself crushes them slowly as the book progresses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miah | 10/11/2010

    " Good, not great. It definitely breaks down the classic play, but a lot of liberties are taken. There is a lot of unnecessary sex. The author waffles back and forth between a retelling, an analysis and a script.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 8/3/2010

    " A really good adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chalida | 6/25/2010

    " A dark and sensual young adult novel of Hamlet. Does a good job telling the story, has a great exploring sexuality scenes that will grab my students' attention, but overall, it's not as original or creative as I would hope. "

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