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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's compelling tragicomedy that explores restraint - and lack thereof.

Who legislates morality? The duke's authoritarian deputy, Angelo, is hell-bent on stamping out moral decay. He reactivates outdated draconian laws and aims his arrogant crosshairs at a young man whose fiancée is pregnant, sentencing him to death. Angelo is sternly incorruptible - until he meets Isabela, a beautiful religious novice whose desirability arouses him.

Flavored with live music by the mariachi band Las Colibri, this vigorous, modern production of Shakespeare's play reveals what can happen when sex, religion, and politics collide.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/18/2014

    " I'd never heard of this play before reading it for my class... and it was a fun (re-)introduction to the world of Shakespeare. Lots of fun, witty and darkly funny at times, and hurray for a happy ending, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Kerwin | 2/11/2014

    " Why is it that I love the universe of this "dark" comedy so much, and why does it strike me as not really being so "dark" after all? Could it be because it is presided over by a "god"--the young Duke--who is priggish, diffident and comically vain (when his reputation is attacked by Lucio), and yet is unfailingly just and honorably susceptible to the attractions of female goodness and beauty? Is it because the "villain"--Angelo--is so pathetic and small that one never seriously expects he will win? Or is it because this world is--in spite of all its lust and hypocrisy--an absurd, surprisingly malleable universe in which a base rogue like Barnadine can simply refuse to be executed, and then be allowed to survive? All of these contributes to my great love for this play, but above all, I admire the character of Isabella, who is virtuous and brave and filled with mercy even for the vile hypocrite who wronged her. She leaves me with the feeling that--grubby and fallen though it may be--this is a world worth living for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Wood | 2/6/2014

    " The first three or so acts are a brilliant study of religious and sexual hypocrisy, abuse of power, and religious excess (redundant?). It then takes a turn to comedy, which, while interesting enough, seems irreconcilably implausible, thus causing it to be grouped among the "problem plays." I still strongly recommend, for much of the fun of going to these plays is to see if a director can come up with a novel way to overcome, or at least smooth over, "the problem." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/30/2014

    " They call this one a "problem play" and I certainly agree. Not a satisfying ending in sight, which is kind of disappointing because I actually cared about the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan Moloney | 1/27/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/26/2014

    " A promising work by one of England's brightest new voices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/22/2014

    " I had never even heard about this play until it was brought to my attention in a Shakespeare class I was taking. However after reading it I was in love. I loved the characters, especially Isabella, who just jumped off the page in life. They were interesting and deep in their creation and they resonated with me in their struggles. Though its not one of Shakespeare's more famous plays it is definitely worth your time and interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MKat | 1/19/2014

    " Has to be the most disturbing of all Shakespeare's plays I've read thus far. Move over Titus Andronicus. Added bonus of WTFness - The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey did this in 2006 as a western. *twitch* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Kaplan | 1/18/2014

    " Probably my favorite of his... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/30/2013

    " A great surprise! Very obscure, but quite the commentary on societal rules and hypocrisy. "

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

    " Perhaps not my favorite comedy, but compared to some of the other problem plays (All's Well that Ends Well), I found it overall more interesting and sympathetic. Besides that, there are some pretty great lines (my favorite was probably Claudio's description of death.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 12/8/2013

    " It's Shakespeare, so that alone makes it a worthwhile read. While it doesn't stand up to Hamlet or MacBeth, it is definitely an interesting bit of drama... a kind of hybrid between a comedy and a tragedy, a rarity for Shakespeare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 11/12/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 8/8/2013

    " Good, predictable, but still good. What did bother me was the ending: too abrupt, the Duke's random proposal to Isabella and, of course, Isabella's silence. Throughout the play she was a strong woman and then she ends off with silence - no comment and no response to the Duke. A good read though :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arianna | 8/2/2013

    " This book is not unlike Merchant of Venice in its treatment of mercy and hypocrisy in law. I enjoyed reading it to an extent, but I feel that it is something everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 7/30/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackson | 1/16/2013

    " One of my favorite Shakespeare comedies thus far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/3/2012

    " I think the word 'tomfoolery' applies to this work more than any other Shakespeare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy Leather | 11/29/2012

    " 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 Tyler | 11/7/2012

    " This one is fantastic. I love the examination of justice and mercy mingled with the comic relief... This one is worth the time "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 10/18/2012

    " Kinda a low point for Shakespeare. If I wanted entertainment about a loveless affair between royalty and a nun, I'd watch a soap opera. And I don't want to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 9/24/2012

    " In the Bard's hands, even a 5-act syphilis joke approaches the threshold of 'masterpiece.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Lingenfelter | 6/5/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benji | 5/19/2012

    " Read it on Christmas, it is definitely one of his more difficult-to-figure-out-comedy-or-tragedy. "

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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.