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Hamlet Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4.2 (273,768 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s brilliant production of Shakespeare’s disturbing and psychologically rich masterpiece Hamlet. Whether you’re a Hamlet scholar or being exposed to this work for the first time, this stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival cast, is a must-listen.

In Denmark a king is dead. His brother, Claudius, has snatched the throne, and the widowed queen, yet life goes on—for everyone but Prince Hamlet. The prince, fixated on his uncle as the murderer, is charged by his father’s ghost to avenge the wrong. Disconnected from the foul world around him, Hamlet strains under the weight of his task, descending into madness, both real and feigned.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Crackles with a contemporary energy, while still casting the sort of cold, eerie light on human experience that has made it history’s most celebrated play. Hip-hop’s just a small, though potent, part of the thrilling whole.”

    Oregonian on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s theatrical production of Hamlet

  • “The phenomenon of Hamlet, the prince without the play, is unsurpassed in the West’s imaginative literature.”

    Harold Bloom

  • A 2011 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Michael Castro | 2/3/2014

    " "Hamlet" was an interesting drama to read. With all the twists and turns, this book will keep you reading on, waiting for the next exciting thing to happen. "Hamlet" is about a Prince of Denmark named Hamlet, whose father suddenly passes away due to a snake bite. That's what it seems at least, until a paranormal encounter leaves Hamlet to believe that his father had been murdered. Struggling between trying to cope with everything that is happening in his life, and getting revenge for his father, leaves the readers questioning his sanity, and makes them read on. I would definitely recommend this play to someone who likes Middle English and dramatic stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Peter Conti | 1/17/2014

    " My favorite work ever. The 19 year old goes from "to be or not to be" to a 30 year old who wants to "let it be." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Andalee | 1/7/2014

    " Hamlet was probably one of the better plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Johanna | 1/5/2014

    " I actually really loved this story. I watched the stage production, where David Tennant plays Hamlet and read along a bit. I really, really loved it and it made me cry. "

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About the Author
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.