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Much Ado About Nothing Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 3.95 (100,210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Rex Harrison, Rachel Roberts, and Full Cast Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare created one of the greatest verbal sparring matches in all of literature, echoes of which can be heard in the sophisticated dialogue of such late masters as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Noel Coward. Throughout the play, the proud would-be lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, circle each other warily, and as they draw closer and closer to their inevitable union, their scathing witticisms and sly innuendoes reach a feverish intensity that befits the passionate longing they both vainly seek to deny. Much Ado About Nothing is at once a sobering examination of dishonesty and deception, and a boisterous celebration of that overwhelming natural phenomenon we call love. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Andrea | 2/18/2014

    " whatever. I read it, but it was as if I haven't read it. so much about quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by John | 2/18/2014

    " Not one of Shakespeare's best, but I was particularly fond of Hero. I'm not really sure if it was the name or character itself. I still prefer some of the other comedies though to this one if I had to pick. Measure for Measure, Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Kennedy | 2/16/2014

    " Hilarious! Great story and romance! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Sofia | 2/11/2014

    " Favorite comedy play by Mr. Shakes. Goal is to one day play Beatrice. Favorite character. HATE the villian in this one, though. It's a comedy, though, so i can't complain. "

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About the Author
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.