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Download Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Narrator: Martin Jarvis and Rosalind Ayres Publisher: CSA Word Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN:
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Have you ever seen a Shakespeare play and come away without fully understanding it? Or wished you had known the basis of the plot before seeing a play by Shakespeare? Are you studying Shakespeare? Would you like to increase your knowledge of the plays without reading the originals? Then these are the recordings for you!

Brother and sister team Charles and Mary Lamb originally wrote these stories for children in 1807, based on Shakespeare's most famous plays. Their success was immediate and their appeal quickly extended to an adult readership. This lively and accessibly audio version is compelling listening for the whole family, and will prove a great resource and inspiration to students, scholars, and newcomers to the Bard alike.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Williamson | 2/11/2014

    " Excellent book to recap on a shakespeare play or to read along with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cen | 2/6/2014

    " Overall, I wasn't particularly impressed with this book. The online description made it sound more interesting than it was. Granted, it is an excellent way to quickly come to grips with the basic plots of most of Shakespeare's plays. However, I can think of better ways to learn about Shakespeare than to read a collection of longwinded summaries. Worth a look but not that great in the end. "

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

    " This book was a good introduction to some of the plays I haven't read yet and a good review of those I have studied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/2/2014

    " Even though this was written for children a couple of centuries ago I would recommend it for young adults and anyone who would like to understand Shakespeare better. Charles Lamb retold the tragedies and his sister Mary reold the comedies. They did a superb job of telling the stories including some of Shakespeare's original. I've read that Lamb revived the popularity of Shakespeare in the early 1800s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 1/15/2014

    " We use this book as a resource when reading Shakespeare plays. "

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

    " Dense, dry, and difficult to follow. I can't imagine how this book became so popular. There must be better options out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/16/2013

    " This was the only form of Shakespeare I could tolerate to read. I wish I still had my copy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/15/2013

    " Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb (2006) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/11/2013

    " aaah oh now I get it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imani ♥ ☮ | 9/25/2013

    " I've had this book for like five years and have yet to finish all the stories in here. Pathetic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/17/2013

    " Just right for family reading time, both to enjoy the stories and to learn about them prior to viewing a stage performance or movie version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neem | 7/1/2013

    " Read it last year. We read A Midsummer night's dream Hamlet and a few others. Now he wants to read Macbeth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 5/22/2013

    " readable to kids and adults! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 5/1/2013

    " I'm reading this to the kids to familiarize them with the plays of Shakespeare. We read one every couple of weeks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/11/2013

    " Beautifully written and a great introduction to the plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/15/2012

    " I have copies of this book on each coast - in the hopes of reading stories to my niece and nephew if I can get them to sit still long enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexia | 2/28/2012

    " This is an amazing book because Charles and Mary Lamb make Shakespeare obtainable if the language is perceived as difficult to understand. They bring the stories alive! This book created mt love or Shakespeare and gave me an idea of how to approach the original books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 10/16/2011

    " One of the best books to lead any young person into the plays of Shakespeare beautifully. I loved these as a child and it has been fun reading them to my kids. Its still as fresh now as I remember it. A joy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/5/2011

    " These retellings make me want to re-read the plays, and see the ones that I have missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 6/28/2010

    " My first introduction to Shakespeare as a small child and it was such a good way to read the stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 5/12/2010

    " This is the copy I bought for my children in 1976 which is a fascsimile of the 1909 Edition and is illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Whenever I attend a Shakespearn play, I not only read the play, but read Charles & Mary Lamb's synopsis. It's a great resource. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 3/19/2010

    " such a great book! easy to read because they limit the amount of dialogue in it. easy to understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 10/26/2009

    " Great for introducing Shakespeare to children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 12/10/2008

    " This re-taling of Shakespeare classics is great. I enjoy reading them to my chilren. They are shortened a lot but the language is not over-simplified. The book was written in 1807 and a lot of the wording is directly from the original plays so my younger children don't understand everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 8/20/2008

    " This is a wonderful little book. The language of 19th century England is so beautiful. This book contains brief synopses of all of Shakespeare's major plays, written in Elizabethan English. Gorgeous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 8/12/2008

    " One of my very favorite books in elementary school. In retrospect, this explains a lot about me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jtz | 3/26/2007

    " this is a very good pre-shakespeare book for kids. the tales are told in a story line instead of a play scrpt, so i find it easier to follow!:) it is also a good read-aloud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Klawr | 7/24/2006

    " It wasn't a bad introduction to Shakespeare when I was a kid. Even though I'm not a big fan of abridgments or adaptations, I felt like this was okay. "

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