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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: (Null) Cast, Paul Scofield, A Full Cast Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I am a man more sinned against than sinning.

A Shakespeare Society Production.

The complete play in five acts.

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Quotes & Awards

  • King Lear is a masterful play, one full of tragic grandeur and which, with all the power that great poetry can muster, points its readers to the bleakness of existence…The final lines are nothing more than a lament for the passing of an old man's life that held no joy: "The oldest hath borne most: we that are young / Shall never see so much, nor live so long.”


  • “It's a great pleasure to hear Paul Scofield as King Lear in a recording published to coincide with the actor's eightieth birthday. The famous tenderness of his voice is well suited for the intimate medium of recorded drama…Kenneth Branagh, who played Edmond in a 1994 BBC recording of the play, here delivers a compassionate performance as the Fool. Alec McCowen also stands out as Gloucester and conveys the range of the old man's credulity, bitterness, and humanity. John Tydeman's direction oversees a moving production.”


  • Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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