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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,561 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Lamb Narrator: Alan Cumming, Nigel Davenport, Andrew Sachs, Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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Discover Shakespeare's best-loved plays.

A perfect introduction for all ages to the breadth and beauty of Shakespeare's work, Tales from Shakespearehas become a classic work in its own right. The tales bring vividly alive the power of Hamlet and Macbeth, the fun of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the drama of The Tempest. Blending detailed narrative with original dialogue and poetic language, they fully convey the wit, wisdom, and imagination of Shakespeare's magnificent plays.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 2/10/2014

    " Great for introducing Shakespeare to children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Klawr | 2/8/2014

    " 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 Amber | 2/4/2014

    " The kids begged for more Shakespeare. No, really, they did. Although it was a difficult read aloud with all of it's run on sentences, this was a wonderful version of Shakespeare. Not overly simplified but easier than reading the plays. I had intended to read one story a month to them but ended up doing one or more a week! "

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

    " Found the hard back second hand and listened to much of the audio together. Anne listened to quite a bit on her own too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riki | 2/2/2014

    " Easy to read and understand. A good intro to Shakespeare and his works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/30/2014

    " My first introduction to Shakespeare as a small child and it was such a good way to read the stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sundeep Naidu | 12/21/2013

    " Man, the most difficult words of English.. I could never understand Shakespeare's language.. Anyway, done with Macbeth and R&J... loved both of 'em.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ultimotomasino | 12/17/2013

    " Thank God for Charles Lamb! His choice of Shakespearean works turned out to be a beautiful trail-mix of salty-sweet stories that just keep you going. This is in no way a boring read, but while it is quite condensed and easy to understand, it still stays true to Shakespeare's "Ye-Olde" style of story telling plus it provides you the basic skeleton of his stories, enabling you to better understand the original work itself should you decide to read more of ol' Will later on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/13/2013

    " This was the only form of Shakespeare I could tolerate to read. I wish I still had my copy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Staci | 11/29/2013

    " A good summary of some, but not all of Shakespeare's plays. The authors at times put in their own feelings about characters motivations and such but that's to be expected from works of the time. A good introduction for younger readers of Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamera | 9/17/2013

    " This is the most basic break down I have ever read of Shakespeare's work- it's great to familiarize yourself with a particular piece before reading and dissecting the original version. I also highly recommend as a way for younger readers to get a feel for the bard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel Rodgers villanueva | 9/15/2013

    " I always did love Shakespeare :3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 9/7/2013

    " This re-taling of Shakespeare classics is great. I enjoy reading them to my chilren. They are shortened a lot but the language is not over-simplified. The book was written in 1807 and a lot of the wording is directly from the original plays so my younger children don't understand everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Littlemama | 9/6/2012

    " The taming of the shrew-I think that Katharine had a very bad temper. I think that Petruchio was crazy to want marry Katharine. 7/11 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 7/16/2012

    " I have copies of this book on each coast - in the hopes of reading stories to my niece and nephew if I can get them to sit still long enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 5/23/2012

    " These retellings make me want to re-read the plays, and see the ones that I have missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tierra | 5/12/2012

    " 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 Alexia | 1/24/2012

    " This is an amazing book because Charles and Mary Lamb make Shakespeare obtainable if the language is perceived as difficult to understand. They bring the stories alive! This book created mt love or Shakespeare and gave me an idea of how to approach the original books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 10/26/2011

    " One of those childhood classics. I don't think I've read it all, but I did read the complete works of Shakespeare instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neem | 9/7/2011

    " Read it last year. We read A Midsummer night's dream Hamlet and a few others. Now he wants to read Macbeth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peacenow | 9/4/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 8/29/2011

    " This is the copy I bought for my children in 1976 which is a fascsimile of the 1909 Edition and is illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Whenever I attend a Shakespearn play, I not only read the play, but read Charles & Mary Lamb's synopsis. It's a great resource. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/22/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/31/2011

    " I got more than half-way through this and only neglected to finish it because it was due back at the library. Wonderful summaries of the plays I have read, and the summaries of the ones I hadn't read made me want to read them. "

  • 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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