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Richard II Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Richard II, by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Richard II tells the dramatic and bloody story of the king's fall and the ascension of Bolingbroke as Henry IV. (A full-cast production.) Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Steven Peterson | 2/14/2014

    " Not one of Shakespeare's best plays (categorized by some as a "history play"). Still, it bears testimony to the Bard of Avon's talents. Richard II was, in reality, a none too successful king of England. This play surely speaks to his problems as ruler. He takes on Henry Bolingbroke, among others, and begins a process thereby leading to his ultimate fall. Ironically, Bolingbroke, in "winning" out, becomes the next King of England (Henry IV). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Ben | 2/13/2014

    " It is debatable whether this play was meant to be a stand-alone work or part of the Henry quadrilogy of plays. For that reason, I am reserving much of my judgment on this work until I read Henry the Fourth Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V. Like many of Shakespeare's historical plays, this deals with family conflict, power and right, with the central conflicts occurring between Henry Bolingbroke and Richard II. Old Gaunt delivers one of my favorite lines in this plays -- "Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour" -- but the finest monologues belong to Richard II. Particularly memorable is the monologue in Act III, Scene II: "[W]ithin the hollow crown/That rounds the mortal temples of a king/Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits . . . ." Likewise memorable are his lines from Act IV, Scene I, when he surrenders the crown to King Henry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Jason | 2/4/2014

    " Of most interest as a hint of what is to come in King Henry IV Parts I and II, although still an interest in its own terms, especially for characters like the Duke of York. Richard II begins with the King arbitrating a quarrel by two younger courtiers and ends with one of those younger courtiers, Henry IV, usurping as King. One flaw, at least to my eyes, it jumps from Henry IV returning to claim his lands, and pledging loyalty to King Richard II, to him usurping the throne without ever explaining if his initial attitude was disingenuous, if something changed, or what happened to bring about this transformation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Pat | 1/31/2014

    " wonderful. excellent political intrigue and observations on life. "

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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.