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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (910,764 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Rob Penman Publisher: Real Reads Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy made accessible as drama for younger listeners whilst remaining true to the Bard's verse and vocabulary. What could be worse than falling in love with your enemy? Romeo Montague thinks he's in love until he meets Juliet Capulet. With her, he discovers what true love really feels like. But their two families are bitter rivals, and no one must know about their secret passion. When Romeo kills Juliet's cousin in a brawl, their hopes of happiness seem doomed. Can Friar Laurence use their love to reconcile the two families, or will his plans bring further tragedy?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy♥ | 2/4/2014

    " Well, I just finished reading this in freshman English class and it's obviously a masterpiece. I just don't believe in the concept of two people falling in love, getting married and dying all within a few days. Other than that, this is definitely one of my favorite love stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thuy | 1/29/2014

    " I like the old-fashioned language. But seriously. The both of them are fools. what the heck are they doing? he is killing himself on top of a girl, he barely knows. he just met her a few days ago.. oh jeez.. love sucks and then you die! "

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

    " In my eyes, this is a cliche drama. True, in Shakespeare's day, it was considered dramatic, but nowadays, everyone knows about the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet. The language is beautiful, but I don't believe it is true love they are feeling. I think they are feeling lust. I love Shakespeare, but I don't really enjoy this tale of two star-crossed lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 1/25/2014

    " Listened to an L.A. Theatreworks dramatization of "Romeo and Juliet" on audiobook. My son is currently reading the play for 9th grade English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pseudonym *Deep Roots Are Not Reached by Frost* | 1/16/2014

    " I like Mercutio... Why did he have to die!?!?! I finished this a while ago... Meh... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adler | 1/6/2014

    " This was not a love story, this was something differntly entirely. I have read this both on my own time and for school, and my opinion is yet to change. This is a brief relationship between a 13 year old and a 17 year old and ends in 6 deaths. Shakespeare is a master at his trade, but I find this lacks the luster I had hoped. Romeo is a wishy-washy teenage boy who falls in love with Rosaline the nun. He becomes depressed, feeling as though his life should just end and that he will never feel the warmth of the sun on his skin again, that is, until he sees Juliet. Oh lark and behold, she doth teach the torches how to burn bright, a jewel in Ethiop's ear, ya catch my drift? He instantly becomes smitten with the daughter of his family's rivals. A tale as old as time, is it not? The two children fall into a forbidden love, and being children, they decide that they are meant to be together. After a ill-concieved plan and aid from a friar, they set it into motion, inevitably ending in both the star-cross'd lovers demise. I will give credit where credit is due, the foreshadowing within this play was very well planned. Alas, it was the content itself that I found distasteful. This has become known as the greatest love story ever told, of Juliet and her Romeo. But is it love? Mercutio tries to warn Romeo in his Queen Mab monologue, dreams are but vain hopes for the vapid child, yet what does he do? He doesn't listen. (Queen Mab= tiny fairy queen who gives you dreams) The theme of this play is driven with darker emotions, not love and happiness. Passion, hatred, obsession. Do these two children love each other? Or do they love the thrill? Can this infatuation with the unattainable even be called love? It's an obsession. They are driven by passion, Romeo falls for the young Juliet Capulet because of her looks and soley that! Juliet wants an escape from Paris and lo and behold, here comes Romeo, what a better sign of teenage rebellion than by shacking up with the son of her family's rival? (Frankly, a piercing would have saved her a LOT of trouble...) They become obsessed with one another, passion fueling it. A rose by any other name smells just as sweet? Does it? If Romeo was not a Montague and Juliet not a Capulet, would they have felt the draw? Like the fruit dangling from the tree in the Garden of Eden, what one cannot have, one desires most. I did enjoy, at least, the dramatic foils of Tybalt and Benvolio, if that is any concelation for disliking a well-loved classic..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrene Bamford | 1/3/2014

    " Star cross'd lovers...original and best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arianna Salcido | 1/3/2014

    " I'm sorry I lost my interest in the book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Che young Yun | 12/26/2013

    " I really like the romance, and it was really impressive to read. I really love their love story. It is a very good book to practice our English.I recommend this book to you guys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa Ginsberg | 12/11/2013

    " The book was ok, I dont like romance. The language was hard to understand. Also I would never recomend this book it was bad in my oppinion. The book wasnt as good as i thought it would be. I really dont think you should read this book unles you like this stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shehnilla Mohamed | 11/24/2013

    " One of The Bard's greatest masterpieces. Never tire of reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber Clermont | 11/7/2013

    " I thought it would be Better. Didn't really lead up to my expectations "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha Urban | 10/29/2013

    " It was really eye opening to read the whole book! Now I know more about all of the characters and I realize that a lot of this book is a comedy an I really liked it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jillian Medugno | 10/23/2013

    " This book makes me angry, suriouslllly she marries him in legit NO time. That bitch was not in love O.o "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayvee Roca | 9/26/2013

    " who can beat the classics right? especially the most famous one. A tale of love and death, friendship and war, Fate and Destiny. Romeo and Juliet, the two most famous characters in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gracan | 8/31/2013

    " beautiful..or course, it's Shakespeare!, but the ending is a bummer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Whitcomb | 5/28/2013

    " The perfect romantic tragedy. I never get tired of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Holbert | 3/16/2013

    " I love Shakespeare and this play is one of his most famous and tragic tales. I love reading it over and over again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nydia Duenas | 1/26/2013

    " i thought this book was pretty boring and hard to understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neena | 12/10/2012

    " truly one of the best love stories of all time and all the little side notes helped me understand it even more. in school we even acted out this book which made it even more fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sammie | 12/3/2012

    " One of my favorite plays! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Advaita | 11/13/2012

    " The perfect tragedy of a love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara Troltenier | 7/10/2012

    " Romeo and Juliet...Most tragic love story ever...I can hear Juliet's famous line in my head, "O Romeo, o Romeo...And I will no longer be a Capulet." "

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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.