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Download King Richard the Third Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Robert Stephens, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, and full cast Publisher: Caedmon Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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A tragedy, a comedy, and a history all rolled into one, the story of the tyrannical Richard III ranks among Shakespeare's most popular plays. Opening with the famous Now is the winter of our discontent soliloquy, this masterful work follows its antihero as he plots to steal the throne of England, causing murder and mayhem all along the way. A full cast, including Robert Stephens and Dame Peggy Ashcroft, brings this devilishly entertaining work to life. 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 Sheila Glenn | 2/11/2014

    " The classic tale of the path of destruction from the dangerous mix of quest for power fueled by revenge. A must read ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Seth Beiler | 2/2/2014

    " This should never be read, only watched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 1/29/2014

    " All I can say for Richard is that this guy's goooood at what he does...you know, being evil and stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 david-baptiste | 1/27/2014

    " Just reread it for the fifth time this year--the lnaguage in it is so incredible it keeps detonating inside my head and reverberating outwards . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 1/23/2014

    " The Josephine Tey book I just finished got me interested in Richard III. At the same time, I've been meaning to read some Shakespeare, and since I've never read The Tragedy of KR III it seems like a good place to start. I seldom read Shakespeare but I always enjoy it when I do. I remember loving a Shakespeare class at BYU. I took it summer term from Nan Grass, and some sessions we met in her family cabin in Provo Canyon--Vivian Park for those who know it. Great memories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Tom | 1/19/2014

    " I like this a lot because its just so mean. There was a lot of things in this I didn't get the first time I read it but that because its the sequel to Henry VI. Clarence is my favorite character. When he tells of his dream always gives me chills. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 1/18/2014

    " Men. War. Battle strategy. Ho-hum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia Shepard | 1/6/2014

    " American Psycho meets the 15th century. Timeless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 12/30/2013

    " 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 Steven Salaita | 12/23/2013

    " This is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays. Richard III is a great villainous character. I also like the Al Pacino film Searching for Richard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 10/28/2013

    " I love Richard III, not so much because of the plot, but because I love Richard himself. I think he is one of the most interesting characters in all literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Jackson | 10/22/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shyne Tunglskin | 7/27/2013

    " Borrrrrriiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnng "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 4/25/2013

    " William Shakespeare's fourth and perhaps finest tragedy, Richard III does what is very difficult to do: makes you cheer for the bad guy. It succeeds on just about every level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/31/2013

    " Queen Margaret = new favourite Shakespeare character. Also enjoyed mentions of the Tower of London. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah ~Sehrenity~ | 11/23/2012

    " Anne's curses and the ghostly visitations in this dramatization are something to die for! They are so well done that you can't help but feel chilled. Richard is such an evil character. Downside to this version is that the secondary Dukes and Earls seem to run together a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnathan | 6/23/2011

    " One of my personal Shakespeare favorites...you just love to hate Richard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rik Mets | 6/7/2011

    " Not as perfect as Macbeth or Hamlet. It's a difficult read, because of the endless monologues. Especially Richard III himself is rarely lost for words. Yet the play has something dark and mysterious about it, which makes it one of Shakespeare's best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 5/22/2011

    " Meh, I feel like I'd have to re-read it to really give a full opinion on it, as I was a bit disinterested with it. I really loved Richard's speech in 5.7, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 5/13/2011

    " This is obviously a 5 and by far my favorite so far of the histories, but I fear I have much more learning and rereading to do before I can officially change its ranking and fully articulate why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 5/9/2011

    " My favorite Shakespeare play, it combines adventure, comedy, history, and tragedy together to form one of Shakespeare's broadest reaching plays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/21/2011

    " Good story though I didn't like Sir John! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Guy | 3/8/2011

    " This play was so dull that we actually gave up reading it in my Sophomore year High School English class because even Mr. McConnell was bored of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 2/28/2011

    " The small size and muddy color do not help this revamped Classics Illustrated (now packaged and marketed as a study cheat) succeed. Another problem, some characters look too much alike to be esaily distinguishable. A misfire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/24/2010

    " I'll be honest--I saw Henry IV at the Globe Theater fall 2010 season and their production blew me away. The relationship between Hal and Falstaff had to be one of the most convincing on stage friendships I've ever seen. Marvelous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/20/2010

    " Falstaff... and his idea of death and honor is the most profound thing in the play. That's why the Queen loved his character so much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 10/6/2010

    " Was ok, had to read it for a college class. Not a big Shakespeare fan but it was ok :-) "

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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.