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Download King John Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: The Marlowe Society Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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The Life and Death of King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatizes the reign of King John of England (ruled 1199 - 1216), son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine and father of Henry III of England. It is believed to have been written in the mid-1590s but was not published until it appeared in the First Folio in 1623. Performed by The Marlowe Society. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 2/19/2014

    " Life is too short to read boring stuff. This was really boring. I get that Shakespeare was trying to make a point here, with the parallels between King John and his father, Henry II, and with Queen Elizabeth and her father, Henry VIII, but still, that's no excuse for a boring play. He stuck too closely to history and didn't give any glimpse of the personalities at work behind the story. Not worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RK Byers | 2/15/2014

    " this was alright as far as his "King" books go. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miles | 2/8/2014

    " The ironic running commentary by Falcounbridge and the florid histrionics of Constance redeem the lack of focus in this overcrowded, awkwardly constructed play---that is, redeem it on the page; I do not know if they could save it in performance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 2/2/2014

    " This is what was at stratford upon avon when i went to visit shakespeares birthplace...no frills great performance... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/18/2014

    " I thought it was pretty good. The way the Bastard continues to problematize the pretensions of the rest of the cast throughout the play puts its events in an interesting light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/24/2013

    " Works well early on, but it's rather unbalanced because the last act is a bit of a let-down. Three good parts for women! Some lovely poetry, but the characters of King John and the Bastard are not as fully evolved as Richard III, for whom they might be seen as prototypes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Verity | 11/21/2013

    " At least this history has a plot, even if it lacks the redeeming qualities/actions that the real King John had. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 10/31/2013

    " It seems against the rules to rate Shakespeare so poorly, but this is not the best of his plays. The story lurches about at random, which I found too much of a distraction from what value there may be in the language or characterization. Perhaps I would enjoy it better performed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charles Patterson | 10/24/2013

    " There are a few good passages. John's mother makes for an interesting female character, and his cousin, the Bastard, is very complex. The plot, however, leaves you wondering what the whole point was supposed to be. Not the best of Shakespeare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nandi | 10/24/2013

    " A story about King John. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 10/13/2013

    " Was happy to be finished. Didn't really like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianna | 7/19/2013

    " Only earned a third star for the scene between Arthur and the man sent to take his life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nori | 7/16/2013

    " Hell, it's Shakespeare! Did *you* know where the phrase "gild the lily" came from? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Jensen | 3/17/2013

    " Sturdy edition of one of Shakespeare's more unusual history plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/19/2013

    " Another play that I quite liked without knowing why. My favourite Shakespeare since I undertook to (re)read his works in chronological order. My appreciation has generally been increasing as I am going along, so it may also just be that I have finally gotten more used to his style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 4/29/2012

    " Despite having a Bigot and a Bastard, this play was just a bunch of blah, mostly reading like an early draft. Here is where Shakespeare pokes around and experiments, the way he will further in the three parts of Henry VI before reaching a much crisper, brutal, playful Richard III. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 4/17/2012

    " eh...I read it, it's done...moving on "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 3/18/2012

    " An interesting enough play. Riffs reminiscent of Richard III and Richard II. Not one of Shakespeare's best, but still worth reading. I'm looking forward to seeing a production later this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/16/2012

    " Another brilliant Arkangel audio production of Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/31/2011

    " This was my first historical play of Shakespeare and I really loved it. I love British history and found it interesting to see beloved historical figures like Eleanor of Aquitaine in a play...is it wrong I still see her as Katherine Hepburn from The Lion in Winter? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail Rasmussen | 12/7/2011

    " I read this one when I was 15 years old. You can get abridged versions of Shakespeare but I prefer the original. Sometimes it is helpful to get an edition that includes the original book on one side of the page and the story written in "easy to understand English" on the opposite page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 9/15/2011

    " This is a reread for me. I always liked the character of Philip the B@*^d, and for some reason King John as been on my mind lately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/21/2011

    " This was required reading in my freshman comp class at Bellarmine. This play was included in our literature anthology, "The Experience of Literature" by Lionell Trilling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " I'd give Lear 4.5 stars if I could. Not five, because only books that mean a lot to me personally get five; but this is a gorgeous play, and definitely in my top five of Shakespeare's works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/17/2011

    " Didn't get around to this until my senior year of college. How'd I miss it for 22 years? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/15/2011

    " This is an absolutely terrific edition of King Lear. Slowing picking my through the text (taking pains to absorb all the footnotes along the way) proved to be an enormously rewarding experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jbdean | 5/12/2011

    " An assault on age and custom. Touching, but not my favorite of the Bard's tragedies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/12/2011

    " I liked reading it but I didn't like reading it for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huma | 5/11/2011

    " I didn't much care for this play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giselle | 5/6/2011

    " Read for school.
    It was sad when Cordelia died - but then it's a tragedy, isn't it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clint | 4/29/2011

    " It is such a pleasure to re-read something and find it to be even better than remembered. I think one must be over 50 to really get this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magda | 4/28/2011

    "
    Rating: 2,5

    I liked it the least from the Shakespeare's play I read so far. Though it is filled with morals I didn't particularly found it interesting.
    In this edition there is a lot of extra materials, some more interesting and helpful than others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/27/2011

    " This was a pretty good tragedy. It was enjoyable to read in class and the story kept moving along. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasser | 4/22/2011

    " it is a good classic book "

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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.