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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Kenneth Branagh, Geraldine McEwan, Nicholas Farrell, Stella Gonet and Michael Maloney Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2001 ISBN:
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Written in 1593, King Richard III is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. This play differs from its predecessors, being amore structured piece, examining the development and motivations of a single character, Richard Duke of Gloucester, who will stop at nothing to gain control of the throne occupied by his brother Edward IV.

Richard III is a self-motivating character who defies determinism (a life preordained by God) and sets his life on a course chosen by his own will and desire, as he puns in the opening soliloquy: I am determined to be a villain. Determined by birth and God, and determined in the other sense, by his own will. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noah | 2/20/2014

    " Although I have been fiercely put down by my friends concerning my opinion of this play, I still think that Richard III was one of the least interesting of Shakespeare's plays. I cared little for the characters, the plot was basic, and the speeches gave only a passing interest. Maybe it's better on the stage (I assume so anyway), but I just really felt rather nothing about this play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Donahoe | 2/19/2014

    " read during my semester abroad at Cambridge University, England "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn Hughes | 2/17/2014

    " I prefer Shakespeare's tragedies to his comedies and of his tragedies, the histories are my favorite. King Richard III is one of the best villains ever written. I absolutely love this play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Landry | 2/5/2014

    " "Now is the winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer by this sun of York." This is my favorite of the histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Hill | 1/27/2014

    " I look a good dick joke just as much as the next guy, but come on already. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lia | 1/20/2014

    " I don't really like the histories, but he is a horrible villain. And very quotable. (My kingdom for a quote.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zigforas | 1/8/2014

    " My favorite Shakespeare play. I especially like the 1995 film adaptation with Ian McKellan, an unconventional interpretation set in the 1930s. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 1/3/2014

    " Not my favorite, but I did find Richard to be a fascinating character--even if he was quite evil. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kienie | 1/2/2014

    " I was so confused while reading this play. Too many people named Henry, Edward and Elizabeth; too many side characters; too many allusions to the previous Henry/Richard plays. I have actually read those, but could never keep track of who's who. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaun | 12/29/2013

    " Best villan ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 12/27/2013

    " Ah was Richard really so evil as all that or was he a man to be pitied? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 12/20/2013

    " I once saw this staged with only three actors. Brilliant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/15/2013

    " I would have given this 4 stars except that it seemed to bog down in the middle... Seems very long for a play. Several famous soliloquies (Now is the winter of our discontent & A horse, a horse) and Queen Margaret was quite creepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 12/10/2013

    " The play is morbid but the casting is emphasized through extremely good dialog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Jackson | 12/7/2013

    " Up there with Hamlet and MacBeth. One of the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 2/13/2013

    " This was a crazy ride. Love the ghosts at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Badmuthagoose | 9/19/2012

    " This is one of my favorites of Shakespeare. The scathing dialogue is AMAZING. Just try not reading it aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/26/2012

    " An entertaining portrayal of narcissistic grandiosity, but not Shakespeare's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison Zink | 3/14/2012

    " Not my favorite Shakespearean play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 8/20/2011

    " The things people will do to be the head of a Monarchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xander | 7/31/2011

    " This is hands-down my favorite history play. It's really good and Richard does ridiculous things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 7/13/2011

    " A history/tragedy telling the tale of the treacherous Richard III and his manipulative, murderous rise to power - and downfall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 5/23/2011

    " One of my favourite Shakespeare plays. I believe it's one of the foundations of the modern serial killer-type thriller with an anti-hero that you can't help but like.

    It's certainly dark, but not without some morbid wit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 5/21/2011

    " Not my favorite, but I did find Richard to be a fascinating character--even if he was quite evil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jed | 5/21/2011

    " Here's what you need to know about Richard III:
    -he's the hunchbacked murderous one (as opposed to the Scottish murderous one)
    -begins with "Now is the winter of our discontent..."
    -ends with "my kingdom for a horse!"
    -it is worth your time reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " Actually more like 3.5 for me. One of my favorites of the histories, but mostly the histories aren't my area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 5/7/2011

    " It deserves repeating.

    Made him my book, wherein my soul recorded
    The history of all her secret thoughts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/19/2011

    " Not my favorite, but really, very good. One should expect nothing less from Shakespeare. I love that he so clearly shows how easily people can fall to evil and be corrupted and blinded by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 4/11/2011

    " The main character was well-developed. The presence of the children characters surprised me, in a good way.

    The female character didn't work for me. They seemed to have no agency. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/31/2011

    " Useful student edition of a great play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/28/2011

    " I can't read Shakespeare without thinking of Sarah Palin refudiating things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kienie | 3/24/2011

    " I was so confused while reading this play. Too many people named Henry, Edward and Elizabeth; too many side characters; too many allusions to the previous Henry/Richard plays. I have actually read those, but could never keep track of who's who. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 3/2/2011

    " Shakespeare succeeds where Hollywood so often fails: not only making the bad guy terrifically interesting, but also focusing on him as the main character without tempting us to sympathize with him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimmiie | 3/1/2011

    " A book I was forced to read for a school essay. It was pretty good though, but nothing new to expect when the two words combine : Shakespeare + Tragedy = everyone (well mostly everyone AND the main characters) dead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika (YAlitcrave) | 2/22/2011

    " Kind of boring. I liked the movie version? So it's probably a play that I would enjoy more performed than reading/studying it. Richard is an interesting villain. "

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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.