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4.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 5 4.21 (14 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: January 2010 ISBN: 9781455170463
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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
Cybeline
King Lear
Macbeth
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
Hamlet
Othello
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.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/30/2010

    " This books helps to take Shakespeare out of "play" format into story-telling - great for reading with the kids - and an intro to the much longer play and old-English format.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/25/2010

    " Well, I certainly thought it was easier to read these stories (though there were a lot of annoyingly simply spelling mistakes) than the original Shakespeare. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 8/3/2010

    " aaah oh now I get it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peacenow | 6/22/2010

    " Especially for Lovely Lucy. My intellectual grandaughter. The best beginner's Shakespeare. Easy read and very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 5/21/2010

    " One of the best books to lead any young person into the plays of Shakespeare beautifully. I loved these as a child and it has been fun reading them to my kids. Its still as fresh now as I remember it. A joy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clarmelia | 5/17/2010

    " It wasn't a bad introduction to Shakespeare when I was a kid. Even though I'm not a big fan of abridgments or adaptations, I felt like this was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/3/2010

    " This book was a great adventure for someone as unenlightened as me. All of Shakespear's plays are summarized in a neat 10-20 pages and include famous or/and pivotal quotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imani ? ? | 3/17/2010

    " I've had this book for like five years and have yet to finish all the stories in here. Pathetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giselle | 2/12/2010

    " This book was a good introduction to some of the plays I haven't read yet and a good review of those I have studied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/11/2010

    " This isn't the exact edition I don't think, but it's close enough. Charles and Mary Lamb do an excellent job of translating several Shakespeare plays into modern, simple English prose for children. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Lamb

Siblings Charles and Mary Lamb were luminaries of early nineteenth-century literary life and key figures in the Romantic movement. Their well-known Tales from Shakespeare, first published in 1807 and never out of print, was written to encourage the poetic impulse in children and prepare them to enjoy the actual plays later in life.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.