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Download The Merchant of Venice Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Merchant of Venice (Unabridged), by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67,075 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Antony Sher Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, agrees to lend Antonio, a Venetian merchant, three thousand ducats so that his friend Bassanio can afford to court his love, Portia. However, Shylock has one condition: should the loan go unpaid, he will be entitled to a pound of Antonio's own flesh.

Meanwhile in Belmont, according to the terms of her father's will, Portia's many suitors must choose correctly from three caskets. Bassanio arrives at Portia's estate and they declare their love for one another before he picks the correct casket. Antonio falls into bad fortune and finds he cannot repay Shylock: a dramatic trial ensues to decide his fate. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shari | 2/19/2014

    " While I find parts of this play to be utterly ludicrous (gold, silver, or lead, anyone?!), I am utterly haunted by the character of Shylock, and by his daughter Jessica. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Bastian | 2/18/2014

    " One of Shakespeare's best works and so often overlooked. Portia is an incredibly string female character, especially for the time period. Great humor, suspense, and drama. A masterpiece! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chrystal | 2/3/2014

    " The ending is totally contrived to fit the ideas of a "comedy" but overall, the basic dynamics of the play are pretty interesting to unravel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kassim114 | 2/1/2014

    " keep your friend close but your enemy closer "

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