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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (909,704 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781470885359
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Two families in Renaissance Verona, Italy lie at the center of "Romeo and Juliet," Shakespeare's timeless tragedy about two young teens caught up in the whirlwind of emotions and decisions typical of so many young people, past and present.

Both families are Italian. Both families are wealthy and influential. Both families are stubborn. Family members have been caught up in a quarrel that has led to past feuds and present enmity, so much that when the young Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet perceive that they have fallen in love, they marry in secret because they know their families will never allow them to be together.

Trouble is bound to happen.

Romeo, through no fault of his own, is caught up in a type of gang fight and "accidentally" kills a Capulet. Distraught, he is banished, but seeks a way to take his beloved Juliet with him.

Through the intermediary who married them, Friar Laurence, Romeo arranges to meet Juliet and devises a plan where they can escape and live happily ever after.

Such is the stuff of fairy tales, but this is a Shakespearean tragedy, so "happily ever after" can never be.

Rather, the twists and turns in this Shakespearean drama, although difficult to believe, have tugged at millions of heartstrings from the time the play was first performed until contemporary times.

Most high school students study this play in class as their first or second foray into the works of William Shakespeare. Teachers and parents continue to realize its value, and that having a background in Shakespeare leads to improved understanding of later works they will encounter.

Besides, this play is a masterpiece of the conventions of lyric poetry, with all the embedded sonnets, lines and conventions it includes.

Being able to listen to the "Romeo and Juliet" audiobook enables parents, teachers and students alike to enter a dialogue as they share in the study of the play, thus adding to the enjoyment of the work.

William Shakespeare was christened in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford on Avon, England, April 26 1564. He was the child of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. Shakespeare did attend a type of boarding school, but it is unclear as to how much schooling he actually received.

He married Anne Hathaway in 1583 when he was 18 years old and she was 26. Their child, Susanna, was christened in Holy Trinity Church much earlier than nine months after their marriage, leading to the assumption that Anne was pregnant at the time they were married. Shakespeare knew something about teenage angst.

"Romeo and Juliet" is one of Shakespeare's early tragedies. Other Shakespearean tragedies include "Hamlet," "Julius Caesar," "Macbeth," "King Lear" and a number of lesser known plays.

Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 production of Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved tragedies. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen.

A love to die for…

When you are passionately, purely in love, nothing else matters—not even life itself. Shakespeare’s consummate tragedy of young lovers swept into a catastrophic vortex of misunderstandings, secrets, and fate is set in 1840s Alta California, a vibrant and conflicted time in our history. Romeo and Juliet, the son and daughter of two landed families locked in an old feud, are irresistibly drawn to each other. Defying the hatred and distrust surrounding them, they dare to believe they can—and must—be together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A captivating rendition, courtly enough in its tone and design to allay traditionalist carping, yet energetic, full-blooded, and in no way hidebound.”

    OregonLive on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s theatrical production of Romeo and Juliet

  • Nominated for the Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award in both Classics and Full-Cast Production categories

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rene' Lorencen | 2/17/2014

    " Classic. But if they had only communicated better it would have saved them all a lot of grief. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shane | 2/15/2014

    " Is this book in Yiddish?! I couldn't understand a word! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy♥ | 2/13/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanitia Van der walt | 2/13/2014

    " A well known play, and even though you knew the ending of the story even before you started to read the beginning you can't help but be fascinated by the world and how love, as unrequited as it is, can change a characters heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber Clermont | 2/12/2014

    " 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 Lorraine | 2/9/2014

    " First read in 1983 as part of my O'Level. Loved it then, although incredibly hard going until my fantastic literacy teacher broke the whole book down, bit by bit. The most amazing love story of all time....but I think we all know that. Read too many tomes to remember since. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noreen Boguiren | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't hate it entirely but I found that it was somewhat disappointing. In another point of view, it can be argued that it is something that the people of that time period would have enjoyed "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana Zainescu | 2/7/2014

    " Wow! Big expectations and....can't believe that's it...cruelly disappointed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silje | 2/4/2014

    " Just love it ! Had to read it as a homework when i was 16 ish .... And i fell in love ! Its a beautiful story ! I Thinke i have to read it again just for fun :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Randolph | 1/28/2014

    " I know this is supposed to be an important work but reading plays is a pain in the ass "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia Hatt | 1/28/2014

    " One of my favorite Shakespeare's books! :) I read it in spanish when I was still in secondary school. Loved the story though it was very very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rikki Chadwig | 1/27/2014

    " I don't know...I like Hamlet more...:) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanne Domantay | 1/23/2014

    " It was okay, but I really thought Romeo and Juliet were both very impulsive and I don't think it's love they have but more of infatuation. No offense, but I guess since Shakespeare is a man from the olden times, I really can't relate that much with this book than with the others I read. Sorry. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Essam Rao | 1/22/2014

    " Romeo & Juliet is a clever play, with a good story. But it is just too predictable and the language is confusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inder Oswal | 1/20/2014

    " i thing is most populer love story so i want reed this story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jime Pach eli | 1/20/2014

    " A tragical love story, unforgettable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rey | 1/20/2014

    " perhaps the greatest love story of all time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Phillips | 1/19/2014

    " What's not to like about a tragic love story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy♥ | 1/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca | 1/13/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite romantic pieces; even with the sadness at the end the play as a whole still portrays the magic of true love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Cabarloc | 1/11/2014

    " It's a good book but I didn't enjoy reading it. My favorite part was when Tybalt and Romeo fought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 1/11/2014

    " I like Juliet more and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/10/2014

    " This was an amazing emotional story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/8/2014

    " First read in 1983 as part of my O'Level. Loved it then, although incredibly hard going until my fantastic literacy teacher broke the whole book down, bit by bit. The most amazing love story of all time....but I think we all know that. Read too many tomes to remember since. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alec | 1/7/2014

    " One of the most well known and my least favorite Shakespeare play. Sorry, but there are so many better works than this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/5/2014

    " reading this in the 9th grade was horrible "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Cabarloc | 1/4/2014

    " It's a good book but I didn't enjoy reading it. My favorite part was when Tybalt and Romeo fought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna | 1/1/2014

    " One of my favourite Shakespeare dramas for pure lyrical speech, but Romeo and Juliet themselves are kind of annoying. Still gets 4 stars because it's not Bill's fault their relationship has been made into a pop culture ideal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Turgut Unal | 1/1/2014

    " In my humble opinion none of us should leave any comment on such a legendary love story written by one of the greatest playwrights and authors of all time.Hence I kindly refuse to write a view about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 12/17/2013

    " Shakespeare is not really of my taste but Romeo and Juliet did keep me entertained in school when reading it in the weird world of the Capulets and Montagues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 12/15/2013

    " Eh. Well. I read it, didn't I? The language was beautiful... but the story... blah. It just wasn't my taste. *Shrug* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara Troltenier | 12/3/2013

    " 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." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Rosen | 11/30/2013

    " Not very good at reading Shakespeare. Not really interesting to me but it was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Worden | 11/30/2013

    " I'm not huge on Shakespeare but Romeo and Juliet is a classic. You have to appreciate Shakespeare's talent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wynnie | 11/30/2013

    " I'm not a Shakespeare fan, never have been. A fact I've kept from my retired English teacher grandmother my entire life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paz Hinostroza | 11/28/2013

    " It's not as romatic as it seems... this young love is portrayed beautifully through shakespeare's words though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gassy Traoré | 11/16/2013

    " Not so keen on Romeo and Juliet anymore, it'll never replace, A midsummer night's dream. But I stiall appreciate, the language and those words I have discovered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cami | 11/14/2013

    " A very tragic love story, but it was beautifully written! I love Shakespeare! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chloë Barrett | 11/14/2013

    " Can't complain it's an English classic! However my English teacher changed my view of this play. It is not a love story at all but one of conflict and family feuds, and no offence Romeo, but you need to man up! 'Tis all... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxime Ouellet-payeur | 11/2/2013

    " I don't understand why people find this romantic. Although it is an excellent play, if you read it, you will see that it is far from being a huge "romance". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Advaita | 10/8/2013

    " The perfect tragedy of a love story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blair Beveridge | 10/6/2013

    " My favourite of Shakespears plays, a pair of star crossed lovers risk it all for each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mab.sewell | 10/6/2013

    " not big on star-crossed lovers who die martyrs deaths...but it's Shakespeare. He's got amazing lines in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 9/23/2013

    " romping with swords that may injure and kill, my grave is to be like my wedding bed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 8/27/2013

    " It is an interesting lover story but I do not like the ending. It makes me mad at the chose they made, because they were "proving fate wrong" or something. The plot was interesting and that is what I like about it. If you like violence then you should read it. It is kind of corny though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anneke | 8/1/2013

    " Pretty good but not amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wren Murray | 6/27/2013

    " loved it! one of my favorite classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jong Ho Lee | 6/8/2013

    " I read this book when I was a freshman (2011-2012) at Northwood High School (Irvine, CA). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Danielle | 6/2/2013

    " Loved this play the first time I ever read this in high school. I don't think I will ever forget this play! Funny how all his plays end in tragedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talia Shortt | 5/19/2013

    " I've read this a number of times now, and love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Lolonis | 4/25/2013

    " Read several times, have seen it on stage, and when my daughter had to read it for English class, I fell in love with it all over again. Retains its power to move. Shakespeare, of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oni Banks | 4/22/2013

    " Not a love story...a tale of what happens when young adults are left to their own devices without occasional adult supervision (the nurse and priest don't count as sane persons). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talia Shortt | 4/22/2013

    " I've read this a number of times now, and love it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sumi M | 4/10/2013

    " Shakespeare's prose is beautiful in it's own right, but the storyline was dull and uninspired (blasphemous as that is to say.) I found myself exasperated by the characters but constantly in awe with the language Shakespeare weaves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wenting | 3/5/2013

    " This play is boring for most of it, but some parts were interesting, like Juliet's plan. I wouldn't recommend this for everyday reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Welker | 2/25/2013

    " The amount of thought that had to go into each word blows my mind! We don't talk with this amount of thought anymore, and I think that is the reason behind the low rating. People don't want to think today as much as they want to experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gracan | 2/7/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guitar Chick | 11/9/2012

    " Ah, the perils of horny teenagers with a lack of adult supervision. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Douglas mckittrick | 9/21/2012

    " Liked it more than I expected. There was much more interesting developments than modern love stories. But not a fan of the whole "mutual self destruction because love is all that matter" crap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reed | 9/13/2012

    " The Shakespeare play that I read Freshman year. I enjoyed this play. I like West Side Story a lot too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 8/20/2012

    " This was an amazing emotional story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 8/14/2012

    " This is a great book to introduce plays to high school students.this is a classic that I'm sure most students have heard of or even seen the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 5/5/2012

    " Not my favorite Shakespeare. They're just kinda dumb "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Rosen | 3/26/2012

    " Not very good at reading Shakespeare. Not really interesting to me but it was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katlin | 3/25/2012

    " really really good. movie adaptations are good too. I will never grow tired of this story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecilia | 12/31/2011

    " not a big fan of romeo and juliet to be honest.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AlEc BiNtNeR | 10/17/2011

    " This book was pretty lame at the beginning but then it started to get interesting in the middle and the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rae Valdes | 8/24/2011

    " romantic, tragic, but yet all too good and wonderful. <3 loved it~! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 8/18/2011

    " Honestly, I finally see why it was a tradgedy. They were a couple in lust, not love, and married too quickly and ended up dying for it. I thought it was extremely well written though, even if it wasn't the ending I wanted. I am so excited to read more of Shakespeares plays "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Davis | 6/17/2011

    " Read much earlier. Must read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Tapia | 6/15/2011

    " The book was not that interesting. Romeo and Juliet was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellyb | 6/12/2011

    " My only disappointments are that there wasn't enough Mercutio and Romeo was a wimp! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evangeline | 5/22/2011

    " Very handy to have around to refer to, if i was to buy individual copies of all his works it would be costly and take up far too much space. Alhough of course i still like to buy special copies of my favourites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 5/18/2011

    " I haven't read everything in it, obviously, and the 5 stars is mostly because...well, the book has everything Shakespeare and I bought it at a used-book store four years ago, in mint condish, for 20 bucks. If that doesn't deserve a 5, right off the bat, I don't know what does. Bargain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 5/1/2011

    " Believe it or not, I have read them all O.o "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 4/19/2011

    " Didn't read the whole thing of course....but this is the edition I used in college. Very nice annotated edition, however it's a bit bulky. ;-) I kept it, because really, how much is Shakespeare going to change when my kid takes it in college? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/14/2011

    " The college class I took on Shakespeare's work really cracked it open for me. Knowledge definitely enhances appreciation when it comes to the Bard. This single-volume text includes everything he's written, with annotations. Over 2,000 tissue-thin pages. I just want to pet it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 3/10/2011

    " What do I think well? It one of the greatest books I've read and still reading. I know that I will continue to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reddie | 3/7/2011

    " So far I've only read Hamlet....so far...just wow. Full Review Coming Later "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Javen | 3/4/2011

    " It is not my intent to review the Riverside. There are several well-wrought "complete works." But nobody even comes close to William Shakespeare of Stratford. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/17/2011

    " Whether or not you believe that one man named William Shakespeare wrote these plays, it cannot be denied that they are greatly enjoyable on their own and have influenced countless other works of art throughout the ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 2/10/2011

    " Worth the investment- all of his major and minor tragedies, comedies, histories and romances- plus sonnets. Our professor had made us get a version similar to this one (not leather bound). We read a good portion of it but you can only just scratch the surface with Shakespeare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/10/2011

    " I particularly like this annotated edition. Particular attention is paid to both language and historical context. "

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