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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This retelling in prose of twenty of Shakespeare’s thirty-seven plays was originally published just for children. Keeping Shakespeare’s own words whenever possible but making the plots and language easily understandable, this very listenable collection has entertained and informed generations of adults as well. With such classic stories as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, and more, Shakespeare’s most memorable characters come to life anew as magicians and fairies, fools and kings weave their magic, mischief, and madness.

Contents include: 
The Tempest
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Winter’s Tale
Much Ado about Nothing
As You Like It
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Merchant of Venice
King Lear
All’s Well That Ends Well
The Taming of the Shrew
The Comedy of Errors
Measure for Measure
Twelfth Night
Timon of Athens
Romeo and Juliet
Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Conquering the distaste for knowledge and learning which so frequently opposes itself to the instruction of children; and we do not scruple to say that, unless perhaps we except Robinson Crusoe, these volumes claim the very first place, and stand unique, without rival or competitor.”

    Critical Review, 1807

  • “The Lambs’ Tales is the granddaddy of all Cliff Notes and may be the only one that qualifies in its own right as a work of literature. These narrative retellings of 18 of Shakespeare’s plays don’t attempt to reproduce the plays’ structure or dramatic qualities, but recast the stories into narrative form with freedom and dexterity.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jtz | 4/6/2011

    " this is a very good pre-shakespeare book for kids. the tales are told in a story line instead of a play scrpt, so i find it easier to follow!:) it is also a good read-aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ana | 2/8/2011

    " If you're a fan of short stories and suck at interpreting prolific sentences, this book is for you. This is a good introduction for people who wants to meet Shakespeare's works but too lazy to read them.

    It's like reading Edith Hamilton's Mythology, easy, breezy, reading but satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tierra | 2/1/2011

    " I have had this book for at least 15 years and this is the book that made me fall in love with the stories by Shakespeare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michele | 12/2/2010

    " a good way to introduce children to the stories of shakespeare's tales if not his gift of words. "

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