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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (475 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: June 2012 ISBN:
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To be, or not to be: That is still the question....

John Marsden, one of Australia's most beloved 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....

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catyj | 2/17/2014

    " This is a wonderful novelisation of Shakespeare's tragic play. A beautiful portrayal of the main characters, bringing all the key elements of the story together, and not once missing out on those intrinsic lines from the original. For anyone struggling to connect with Shakespeare this is a delightful and accessible introduction. And despite knowing precisely how the story goes I still found myself crying at the end. Brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 1/20/2014

    " Shakespeare meets Robert Cormier. This made me pretty happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joant | 1/16/2014

    " One of my ongoing daydreams is of writing a series of books . Of course, as a lazy person, I often think of short cuts. One shortcut I thought of, but dismissed, was writing books that just told the story of Shakespeare's plays. The plots just aren't that complex. It is the language that makes Shakespeare's writing so amazing (duh!). However, this book does as good a job as can be done, I think, in retelling a Shakespeare play. Very well done, with poetic language that echoes Shakespeare, but doesn't duplicate. And somehow the plot did seem a bit complex. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Romy | 1/2/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minu Dave | 11/21/2013

    " After reading the original play in its entirety and following it up with Marsden's novel, I can truly say he was as accurate (if not more) as any film adaptation of Shakespeare's plays. There were parts of the book that were verbatim from the play, which some readers (especially adults) would say is unoriginal, however, he mixed it up by philosophizing, inserting characters' thoughts and new scenes in between the original parts of the play, which lent this novel a modern perspective. Most importantly, Marsden made Shakespeare more accessible to young adults. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eben Pendleton | 11/10/2013

    " I came in thinking that this would better. Hamlet's a pretty well known story, but the twists in the story didn't really seem to flow very well here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ira | 9/30/2013

    " Interesting interpretation of Shakespeare's piece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 9/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Discovery College | 8/12/2013

    " I really enjoyed this novelisation of the Shakespeare play. It helped me understand some of the plot and would be a great companion to read alongside Hamlet the play when studying it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Hanks | 8/5/2013

    " 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 "

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

    " Very faithful retelling of the original. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina Siegel | 6/2/2013

    " It was alright. I wouldn't reccommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 4/14/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qylie | 3/15/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/2/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph Levesque | 12/22/2012

    " 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 Breanna Morgan | 11/20/2012

    " 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 Heather | 9/30/2012

    " 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. "

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