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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,200 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Cooper Narrator: Full Cast Publisher: NYS Theatre Institute Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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King of Shadows carries us to London along with a troupe of young American actors to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream in the new Globe Theatre. But through the magic of Susan Cooper's imagination, the journey takes us through time, where one of the young actors discovers he has become a friend of, and actor alongside, none other than William Shakespeare.

Audiobook cast principals (in order of appearance):

John Romeo as Arby/Richard Burbage/Bottom
Beau Melita as Eric Sawyer/Alex/Fairy
Rob Dalton as Gil Warmun/John Hemings/Theseus
John Scala as Joe Wilson/Harry/Titania
Christopher Di Maria as Ferdie/Nick/Quince/Fairy
Thomas Caska as Hy Schwartz/Thomas/Snout
Mary Jane Hansen as Rachel Levin/Mistress Fawcett
Aaron Marquise as David Roper/Felon/Fairy
Will Deddrick as Sam/Hippolyta
P.J. Verhoest as Nat Field/Puck
Susan Cicarelli-Caputa as Maria/Aunt Jen
Carole Edie Smith as Nurse Jenkins/Barbara
Celia Mitchell as Queen Elizabeth
Sean Patrick Fagan as Paddy/H. Condell/Moonshine/Fairy
Ron Komora as Doctor/Joseph/Dog Owner
David Bunce as Will Shakespeare/Oberon
John McGuire as Nurse Stevens/Lord Randal
Charles Franklin as Nathan/Fairy
Devan Baumstein as Hospital Orderly/Lady in Waiting
Ryan Goodale as Hospital Orderly/A Soldier
Marcus Leff as A Dog
George Franklin as Child 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 Smilingplatypus | 2/9/2014

    " I will admit that Susan Cooper is probably the reason for my love of Shakespeare. The short passages quoted in her "Dark is Rising" Sequence were my first glimpse at the Bard, but this book cemented my fascination. Admittedly, the "American" protagonist sometimes sounds slightly English, but it's a magical book nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 2/6/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book. Time travel + Shakespeare. Wonderfully written with a quick plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/28/2014

    " Written for a younger audience, this book is a beautiful introduction to Shakespeare. It is just as good now as it was when I first read it many years ago. As an adult, I appreciate and understand the historical details much more than I could as a child. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jasmin | 1/26/2014

    " this is the worst book ive ever read!!:(((() "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/23/2014

    " I quite liked this book. It was a really interesting concept. Some things were a bit too much, like Nat coincidentally happening to know a bunch of things that helped him survive Elizabethan life. It ended better than I thought it was and didn't go down the cliche path. I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you are familiar with Midsummer Night's Dream or any of Shakespeare's works in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie708 | 1/14/2014

    " i have no possible idea when I read it, but whenever I did, I absolutely loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is one of those books where you can just read it and reread it and reread it and reread it and reread it, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/10/2014

    " The surface storyline is very interesting and the emotional story beneath is really about facing sadness and loss, and the bonds between family members. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jojo | 12/26/2013

    " AWFUL !!!! this book was boring to the maximum! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 12/18/2013

    " What an indulgent read this was for me. How enjoyable it was to read of the boy traveling back in time and getting to work with Shakespeare. Great fantasy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 12/17/2013

    " summer reading list book not very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conner Vlietstra | 12/14/2013

    " it was kind of short and there wasn't really any action so anyone who likes action books should not read it, but people who like mystery and some what sad books should read it. People who like books with relate able characters should DEFINITELY read this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 12/9/2013

    " omg, i really really didn't like this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 5/30/2013

    " Excellent story, especially the audio version read by Jim Dale. Good way for a child to get to know Shakespeare and his, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Warning, a tragic suicide has occured in the protagonist's past. Good plot twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/20/2013

    " Found this book on the library shelf and picked it up because I'm a big fan of the author's other works. I very much enjoyed this book, too. It was well written -- I felt what the main character was feeling. Imaginative. Well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathrine Bonham | 10/7/2012

    " This book is the perfect layer of historical fact and fantasy. Framing the story around two productions of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream provides the belevabilty that allows Susan Cooper to tranplant a young boy from our time to play with Shakespeare four hundred years in the past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 10/2/2012

    " This is a great book to introduce young readers to Shakespeare. It offers some great background on Elizabethan England, The Globe, acting, and theater. The story is a touching one that addresses what it means to be a family, and how love can transcend time and death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 7/12/2012

    " This is a YA novel, but the characters are rich and the plot intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Ervin | 4/21/2012

    " Just as good as her Newbery winner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bachyboy | 4/18/2012

    " I read this for school thinking it might make a good text for adolescents and I was right. Nat Field, an American boy goes to england to act in The Globe and becomes swapped with a boy of the same name living in 1596. He becomes good mates with Shakespeare :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hlsayegh | 3/26/2012

    " Interesting idea, awful writing and conclusion. The whole book was Nat saying, "Hmmm, this smells kinda bad." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/7/2011

    " Not on the same level as the Dark is Rising series (honestly, what is?), but still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabella | 9/21/2011

    " this book was good- i read it for english but it wasnt that bad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E. | 8/2/2011

    " A great book for any parent wanting to introduce the great works of shakespeare and the history of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emozombie | 4/19/2011

    " I recommend this to people who like humorous and yet depressing books. It has Elizabethan words so you'll get familiar to them while you read C:. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conner | 4/18/2011

    " it was kind of short and there wasn't really any action so anyone who likes action books should not read it, but people who like mystery and some what sad books should read it. People who like books with relate able characters should DEFINITELY read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 4/13/2011

    " The explanation of the time travel is brilliant, but awkward. On the other hand, it's so secondary to the rest of the story that it didn't bother me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/12/2011

    " Found this book on the library shelf and picked it up because I'm a big fan of the author's other works. I very much enjoyed this book, too. It was well written -- I felt what the main character was feeling. Imaginative. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phearsa | 11/30/2010

    " An intriguing tale of a boy who got time warped to Elizabethan times and performed the Midsummer's Night Dream and met with William Shakespeare.
    Quite touching at the end i would say.
    But this is more of a children's book i suppose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mifalda | 8/19/2010

    " AMAZING! I loved it! I grabbed it because I was in a rush, but now I want to read it again and again. Really great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 7/16/2010

    " This freaking book, omg. Just omg. I weep like a baby, I don't even know. One of my favourites of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savita | 5/8/2010

    " Really good way to introduce Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 4/12/2010

    " Pretty darn entertaining. A bit bland but an interesting theory on how Will Shakespeare survived the Black Plague. I love Puck and his character in a Midsummer's Night Dream, so Nat was really charismatic. Loved it! "

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About the Author
Author Susan CooperSusan Cooper is best known for her acclaimed sequence of fantasy novels known as The Dark is Rising. She has also written three books for younger children as well as the Broadway play Foxfire and the television film The Dollmaker. Born in Buckinghamshire, England, Susan Cooper moved to the United States in 1963 and now lives in Connecticut.