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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN:
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A performance of the tragi-comedy by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

When a young woman is offered the choice of saving a man's life at the price of her own chastity, what should she do? The political and moral corruption of Vienna has driven Duke Vincentio into hiding while his deputy governor, Angelo, is left to revive the old discipline of civic authority.

Angelo's first act is to imprison Claudio, a young nobleman who has gotten his betrothed, Juliet, with child. Under the old laws, this is punishable by death. Angelo next offers Isabella, sister to Claudio and a beautiful young novice about to take her vows, the chance to save her brother's life at the price of her own chastity.

Disguised as a friar, the duke returns to manipulate the players and deliver justice in one of Shakespeare's darkest plays, an examination of the nature of justice and morality.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandria Nicole | 2/20/2014

    " This is probably my favorite Shakespeare play so far. It's not that dark but there's a lot of deceit and trickery. There's also humor and a lot of ridiculousness. Some parts were hard to understand but I still got the gist of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ladygwen | 2/3/2014

    " My last Shakespeare tutorial play. This is the first Shakespeare play I didn't like. I didn't like the plot, hated the end. Only Shakespeare's ability with words made it readable. "

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

    " It was an okay read. Not bad at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josiah | 2/1/2014

    " While I am not the biggest Shakespeare fan, he does have an understanding of the human heart and, when I can understand him, portray it well; both on paper and stage. Although a well known or commonly known piece well worth at least a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anasylvia | 1/28/2014

    " This was kinda funny, but all over the place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 1/28/2014

    " I love a good bed-trick! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 1/22/2014

    " I read this for a Theatre class. It was alright, but definitely not one of my favorites from Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/15/2014

    " I think this is referred to as one of the "problem" plays, in that some of the characters behave nastily without punishment. It's one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan Moloney | 1/15/2014

    " To this day I could not tell you what this play is about. I read it for a university course but my brain retained nothing from it. "

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

    " I read this for a 17th Century literature class and didn't think I would enjoy it, but I did end up loving it. Not my favourite Shakespeare play, but the character of Isabella is very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime Cohen | 12/23/2013

    " i liked this...but i'm wondering if it was the company with whom i read it! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 12/3/2013

    " Lesser Shakes, but still Shakes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/1/2013

    " Lucio is one of my favourite Shakespearean characters, and I especially love his beautiful speech to Isabella about her brother's supposed crime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmalee Miller | 10/22/2013

    " I adore Shakespeare. His work is pure beauty. I can't recommend his works enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Jensen | 9/20/2013

    " Good student edition of a great play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Jellinek | 6/27/2013

    " I don't care who wrote it (see the new movie "Anonymous"), this is just great writing--and still very much to the point, after all these centuries! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/28/2013

    " I did not enjoy this play. I could not find the comedy within this supposed comedy. Maybe I just coudn't get into it or reading it after my two favorite comedies by Shakespeare just destroyed Measure For Measure for me but it probably won't be on my "I must read again" list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Mae | 8/19/2012

    " I'll be honest, it's probably my least favorite of Shakespeare's plays so far. I even liked Twelfth Night better, and for me, that's saying something. It's as if he wrote a couple of fantastic scenes, and then did a terrible job of stringing them all together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 6/14/2012

    " Not quite a comedy, more like a tragedy with a happy ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gina | 5/29/2012

    " This is supposed to be a comedy? Agh. These people are rotten. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 4/27/2012

    " One of those Shakespeare plays that I read so fast and am not quite sure I fully understood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecelia | 3/13/2012

    " I liked perhaps because its so different from other plays I have read by Shakespeare. Very dark and cynical yet with its lighter mometns too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy Leather | 3/11/2012

    " Well, I mean, 5 stars because it's Shakespeare and lived up to expectations, Shakespearian expectations, but I feel like this was very different to any other Shakespeare that I've read/watched before. Because it was such a... well, unpleasant story line. But yeah, I enjoyed this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Lingenfelter | 1/27/2012

    " This is definitely a problem play, but I found it a very enjoyable one. It is very bawdy, but that's part of the point--throughout the play moral ideals of love and virtue are intertwined with the sex and corruption. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abraham | 1/26/2012

    " W.S. understood power politics and sexual coercion like nobody since. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janelle | 11/29/2011

    " A tale of moral dilemma for every generation. Still, it left me a little disatisified, as I struggle to believe that some of the characters would really behave the way Shakespeare pictured them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika (YAlitcrave) | 4/12/2011

    " Interesting, and I liked the plot. I don't remember a lot of it, so this must be another one of those Shakespeare plays that I didn't love but didn't hate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/13/2011

    " Useful edition of a great play. Let's hope the production I'm about to see is worthy of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/6/2011

    " I'll be honest, it's probably my least favorite of Shakespeare's plays so far. I even liked Twelfth Night better, and for me, that's saying something. It's as if he wrote a couple of fantastic scenes, and then did a terrible job of stringing them all together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 1/5/2011

    " Really enjoyed it. First Play I had to read for my first Upper division class =D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 1/1/2011

    " This is by far my all time favorite play by Shakespeare. A truly deviant storyline and someday I will modernize it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 12/24/2010

    " Meh. Not my favorite Shakespeare play. It had its moments, but... meh. "

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

    " I saw this one performed and liked it a lot better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 11/7/2010

    " An extraordinary play! One of Shakespeare's best, and that's something indeed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna | 10/21/2010

    " A truly amusing play, though not amusing in the way most people would find something funny. Lots of fun to read and even more fun to see! "

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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.