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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (614 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Ackroyd Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Drawing on an exceptional combination of skills as literary biographer, novelist, and chronicler of London history, Peter Ackroyd surely re-creates the world that shaped Shakespeare--and brings the playwright himself into unusually vivid focus. With characteristic narrative panache, Ackroyd immerses us in sixteenth-century Stratford and the rural landscape–the industry, the animals, even the flowers–that would appear in Shakespeare’s plays. He takes us through Shakespeare’s London neighborhood and the fertile, competitive theater world where he worked as actor and writer. He shows us Shakespeare as a businessman, and as a constant reviser of his writing. In joining these intimate details with profound intuitions about the playwright and his work, Ackroyd has produced an altogether engaging masterpiece.

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  • It really is a stupendous achievement . . . Peter Ackroyd is back at the height of his powers. Phil Baker, Sunday Times

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by peaseblossom | 2/10/2014

    " I submit that if you broke up all the words of this book and weighed them, by far the heaviest category would be the qualifiers 'maybe', 'possibly', 'perhaps', and the like. It's more a list of suppositions than a biography, but for all that, Ackroyd knows his London and certainly imagines his Shakespeare well enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joye | 1/28/2014

    " I loved learning about all the known details of William Shakespeare's life. I was surprised as to how much we do know, I always thought the renowned author was cloaked in mystery. Now, on to his plays..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/22/2014

    " Leaving aside the inherent pretentiousness of calling any work on Shakespeare "the" biography, this book does show painstaking research into not just Shakespeare's life, but his time, environs, social circles, etc. It does weave together to form a coherent narrative, and Ackroyd does sometimes offer up various interpretations of particular information, but equally often he simply asserts his theory as "likely." Despite being a Shakespeare fan, I wasn't very engaged by this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dawn | 1/19/2014

    " Dry, oh so very dry. And really not that interesting. "

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