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Download My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare Audiobook (Unabridged)

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2.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 5 2.90 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jess Winfield Narrator: Jess Winfield Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is not living up to his name. It's 1986, and instead of finishing his thesis on the Bard, this grad student is saying yes to drugs, bedding coeds, and delivering a giant psychedelic mushroom to a mysterious collector.

Meanwhile (or rather, back in 1582), would-be playwright William Shakespeare is an 18-year-old Latin teacher whose world is turned upside down when a stranger entrusts him with a sacred relic from Rome, drawing him into an underground network of Catholic dissidents.

When the lives of Willie and William begin to eerily intertwine, their wild misadventures will shape not only the Shakespeare each is destined to become...but the very course of history itself. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/15/2014

    " Eh. Only my inability to not finish a book kept me from putting it down in the middle, mostly because I never got into it. The beginning was promising and quirky, but it just started to drag and very little made me want to keep reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting and rather risky novel telling the story of two protagonists, William Shakespeare and William Shakespeare Greenberg a graduate student of UCSC in the 1980's. The subtitle of the book, A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeare is accurate especially the sex part. I found the chapters relating to William Shakespeare to be very interesting, and I especially like how lines from his plays were interspersed in everyday conversations. I enjoyed the glimpse of his family life even though fictionalized and the current events that most assuredly must of had an impact on a young man. As for Will S. Greenberg, I found him shallow and superficial. Nuff said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 2/9/2014

    " A fun romp through 16th Century England and 20th Century Northern California as Willie Shakespeare Greenberg and his famous namesake experience drugs, sex, and the occasional Renaissance Faire. For both Shakespeare lovers and non-lovers, this is a fun (and funny) read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly Beavers | 1/27/2014

    " Well I actually never finished this book - I very rarely do not finish this one but I tried and tried and was just not very interesting... The cool part was that every other chapter was first about Will - a college student studying Shakespeare and then the next would be actually a scene with Shakespeare himself and his family. The Shakespeare part just wasn't intriguing to me unfortunately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/25/2014

    " Highly entertaining and I learned a lot about Shakespeare's life. It is written in a creative format, though some parts seemed like the author was reaching to connect things. Overall, I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/24/2014

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did, but I did finish it. I decided I might be too old to appreciate the protagonist, who is a rather hapless graduate student who is preoccupied with a hallucinogenic mushroom he is to deliver to a buyer. I enjoyed the chapters about Shakespeare more than I did the chapters about the contemporary character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 shannon | 1/13/2014

    " Apparently I can't give something zero stars. This book is drivel. It starts out promisingly enough, but never rises about mediocre before crash landing in a Port-O-Potty. The modern day main character is a lying, cheating, drug-addled wannabe academic unashamedly wasting his parents money while putting forth zero effort in his life. Yet he manages to find no less than sex with his stepmom, sex on a bus, a threesome AND an orgy - none of which involve his girlfriend. In one book! At the end, apparently some kind of metaphysical, time-traveling, wormhole-crashing collision mixes Shakespeare's English world with 1980-whatever Novato, CA. Who cares. (Also, this is the worst story that ever featured a renaissance faire.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/12/2014

    " The first time I had heard about Jess Winfeild was when I saw the play "The Complete Works of WIlliam Shakespeare Abridged". I absolutely adored the play, so when I saw him name on a book, I absolutely had to get it. And just like the play, I absolutely adore this book. The idea that Shakespeare could be a closet Catholic is absolutely brilliant. I loved following the lives of the two Williams thorough the story, and I just had to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/12/2014

    " Chapters alternate between a 1980's UCSC master's student interested in sex, drugs, and Shakespeare, and Shakespeare himself. This was a fun read and made me want to revisit Shakespeare's plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Graham | 1/11/2014

    " Fun book with twists and turns "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen | 11/23/2013

    " Not sure if this qualifies as "read" or not. I couldn't do it. Too many other good books to read. Only the second book I've ever stopped reading. The author tries way too hard to make Shakespeare seem cool. Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemar | 11/23/2013

    " Fun and insightful. I came away feeling like I had a familiarity with Shakespeare that brought him out of his time, down from the altar of greatness and out to play. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana * | 11/2/2013

    " It was a bit of a disappointment in the end, it seemed to be building and then suddenly stop. I loved the RSC, and I thought much of the book was clever, but at the end, it was not very exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 erin | 11/1/2013

    " I know him! Well, sort of. My parents were friends with him in the 80s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/12/2013

    " I was really impressed with the author's ability to write, quite convincingly, about Shakespearean England as well as about a drugged-out grad student in the 1980s. Very entertaining! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/4/2013

    " I desperately wanted this book to be so much better than it was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson | 3/30/2013

    " i really enjoyed this book! a story of william shakespeare of 1586 and william (will) shakespeare greenburg of 1986. they lived in such different times yet their stories have many similarities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matteo | 8/27/2012

    " I read this over the course of three trips to the library. Shakespeare and I do not get along well, but this was very entertaining and original. And pretty damn funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 4/28/2012

    " Marry, I really enjoyed this book. I actually understood the Elizabethan language and learned interesting facts about William Shakespeare without even trying. Storyline moved quickly and definitely kept me interested. (Mayhap worth as much as 4.5 stars?!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaimie | 8/17/2011

    " I give this book a solid, eh. It was OK, I thought the "idea" of the book was interesting, execution left a little bit to be desired. While I realize the author was attempting to weave 2 stories together, it was really jumpy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 6/19/2011

    " Loved it! Just finished a reread. A bit of a trashy romp that takes many liberties with the history; the Bard would approve! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 5/11/2011

    " Had great potential but didn't quite get there for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemar | 3/24/2011

    " Fun and insightful. I came away feeling like I had a familiarity with Shakespeare that brought him out of his time, down from the altar of greatness and out to play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 9/30/2010

    " A decent enough concept (having 2 stories that are loosely tied together alternate chapters), but the story itself seemed a little thin. It has it's funny moments and kept me interested enough to want to know how it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 9/16/2010

    " Not a book I ever would have chosen, but I really liked it. Makes me wish I actually liked Shakespeare lol. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colleen | 7/20/2010

    " Not sure if this qualifies as "read" or not. I couldn't do it. Too many other good books to read. Only the second book I've ever stopped reading. The author tries way too hard to make Shakespeare seem cool. Ugh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Olivia | 6/15/2010

    " I didn't find anything remotely funny about this book. I was highly disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 5/2/2010

    " I couldn't folllow the Elizabethan part & the contemporary part was gratuitous.. not for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/26/2010

    " So much fun. Wrapping together the young Will S with the outrageous young Will who attends college just outside San Fran. So much is the same in their two lives. What do 20 year olds do? "

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