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Download King Henry IV: Shadow of Succession (Dramatized) Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample King Henry IV: Shadow of Succession (Dramatized) (Unabridged) Audiobook, by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,672 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Harry Althaus, William Brown, Wilson Cain III, Raul Esparza, Raymond Fox, Ned Mochel, Nicholas Rudall Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Shakespeare's drama tells the story of a young man who can only come into his own upon his father's death and the father who longs for immortality. Using only Shakespeare's words, this adaptation tells the deeply personal story of Prince Hal's coming of age and his relationships with two father figures: the mistrustful King Henry IV and the hilarious, irrepressible Falstaff. A Court Theatre Production. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 2/19/2014

    " I'm not reading this edition. I'm reading the play from the Pelican Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mahmoud haggui | 2/13/2014

    " a brilliant historical play in which shakespeare draws the difference between the tactful, and the rash and emplusive character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daisy Leather | 1/29/2014

    " Not as fun or interesting as Richard II... I find the scenes with Hal and Falstaff the most entertaining and find the stuff with the actual king kinda boring.. at parts, especially near the beginning, but it's still an incredible play and I'm kinda looking forward to reading and watching Part 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 1/24/2014

    " WOW! William Shakespeare, here I am 13 years after my last reading of you and you're still blowing me away! By far my favorite play I read this quarter. So brilliant, so funny, so touching (Dear Hotspur, Can I be your lady?). Everyone goes bananas over Falstaff, most famously critic Harold Bloom, but I think Hal and Hotspur are the stars here. Love love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MKat | 1/22/2014

    " Falstaff may be Shakespeare's crowning achievement (no argument from me!), but I personally love Prince Hal. His mixture of frustration at his father's disappointment in him and his desire for his father's affection and approval are themes to which most young people must relate. Hal and Hotspur, like Hamlet and Fortinbras, are a fascinating pair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ely | 1/17/2014

    " Oh, Literature teacher, I do adore you so for making us read this play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Ganderton | 1/16/2014

    " Banish plump Jack, and banish all the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/13/2014

    " I'm still not sure why Falstaff is one of the greatest characters in Shakespeare's writing, but it was an interesting read nonetheless. I'd like to read the second part, and Henry V, before I form a complete opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Servini | 12/26/2013

    " First read this book at school. It was one of the works we read for A level English. Read it several times since and think it's an intriguing exploration of how a young boy begins to face up to the notions of duty and life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/29/2013

    " My all time favorite Shakespeare play. Falstaff is the Bard's more entertaining character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Domin | 8/23/2012

    " **Read as part of the complete works package by Latus ePublishing (ASIN B005LSCQ4Y)** Formatting good, few typos. Still hate Falstaff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 7/19/2012

    " Get these on audio if you can. Shakespeare wrote to be heard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie The Librarian | 6/10/2012

    " Perhaps my favorite of the Henry plays, Hal, I really like you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared Murphy | 3/12/2012

    " Had to read this for a Shakespeare class. Not my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana Yates | 10/14/2011

    " Not the most exciting of Shakespeare's historical plays; Falstaff and Hal are interesting enough, but otherwise it only seems to serve as a set up for HV "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Raimondi | 9/12/2011

    " this was my first history play by shakespeare. it wasn't as good was watching the tudors, but i still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Zimmerman | 1/22/2011

    " One of his most underrated. All of his histories are really good and don't get much love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 7/25/2010

    " Weird mix of propaganda for prince henry and life lessons from falstaff. Lukewarm read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 5/24/2010

    " one of my favorites. Something about Falstaff that I just really find attractive...who's to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Lemaster | 10/4/2009

    " So begins my love of Falstaff. A favorite Shakespeare read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tex Tourais | 6/15/2009

    " Certainly on my top 5 Shakespeare list, it contains one of my favorite lines of all-time. Hal, upon seeing Falstaff dead at Shrewsbury, says, "What, old acquaintance! could not all this flesh / Keep in a little life? Poor Jack, farewell! / I could have better spared a better man." "

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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.