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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Antony Sher Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Kassim114 | 2/1/2014

    " keep your friend close but your enemy closer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Gordon | 1/31/2014

    " and it felt like giving a pound of flesh trying to get to the end. A book to quote ...not to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Zimmerman | 1/26/2014

    " This is the one with the persecuted Jew. Very powerful and relevant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/18/2014

    " This is a very good book and shows how horrible people can be. Shylock's Hath Not A Jew speech is really touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 1/14/2014

    " a nice read. Not too exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ria | 1/13/2014

    " My favorite of Shakespeare's comedies!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/27/2013

    " unlike high school, I read Shakespeare and actually understood what is going on (thanks partly to the Kindle and dictionary function)...this Bill Shakespeare guy knows how to write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Breton | 6/15/2013

    " Favourite Shakespeare play :). Well, from the ones I've read so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaoni Bhuto | 4/8/2013

    " What a character...call him negative. Call him wicked. Call him a devil. Hate him...but still, what a character!!! - Shylock... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. E. | 1/29/2013

    " I actually have had the pleasure of seeing this play performed on stage. Hysterically funny, with tender moments and upsurges of human triumph, The Merchant of Venice is an essential to the education of any English or creative writing major. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manish | 1/24/2013

    " For me some things in this book is still not clear for me... at end few points are explained clearly that are suspense in mid of the story but not all at least not for me... may be that's why Shakespeare to tough to read... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 8/17/2012

    " The quality of Mercy? It would have been more merciful not to have read this play. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dmack | 3/19/2012

    " sorry not a shakespeare fan at all; read in college "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claux Lopez | 3/15/2012

    " Me gusto mucho el lenguaje tan correcto, y la manera en como antonio en si demuestra el amor por bassanio... pero lo que mas me gusto de todo es lo que el juez dice a shylock.. "puedes cortarle, pero no debe sangrar" :O "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 3/8/2012

    " First book of Shakespeare's I ever read - Grade 9 ....... thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 3/1/2012

    " Reading this book made me fully appreciate Shakespeare's works. And at the end of it all, I could not help but pity Shylock. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 a | 10/8/2011

    " In sooth I know not why I am so sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenzie | 9/7/2011

    " "The quality of mercy is not strained" monolouge is AMAZING!! Justice is high demanding! LOVE IT!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly | 8/25/2011

    " Read this in 2010 for my English class. I don't really recall the story all that much, but it certainly did not really have an effect upon me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/26/2011

    " This play is just silly. I enjoyed Jew of Malta much more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " Reading this book made me fully appreciate Shakespeare's works. And at the end of it all, I could not help but pity Shylock. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 5/15/2011

    " So I'm reading this for school and I actually like it so far. I've just finished Act IV scene 1 and I'm preforming Shylock's soliolquy in Act III on Thursday. Overall, I've liked it and can't wait to read more Shakespeare this summer! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deepti | 5/13/2011

    " It has been read and over-read for school till it has lost all its dramatic value for me. But the true fact of the matter is that Shylock is an everlasting character who will never erase himself from common memory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 5/10/2011

    " Of the very very few works by Shakespeare that I've read, this is the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 5/6/2011

    " I enjoy reading Shakespeare although it can be a bit laborious at times. Thank goodness they aren't very long! This play had a profound message about mercy and justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/4/2011

    " One of my favorite Shakespeare plays! The racial and religious prejudice theme is so relevant today. I empathize with Shylock's character each time and I think this play really shows how Shakespeare was so ahead of his time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joash | 5/4/2011

    " i thought the play will end that shylock has taken his pound of flesh from antonio but it came as a suprise that the court ordered him to instead pay antonio for thretening his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/3/2011

    " A comedy? Really? Very dark. Could have been the Pulp Fiction of its time if Bill threw in some actual killing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jarika | 5/2/2011

    " Awesome...GREAT ending...this is what surprise endings are made of!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minah | 5/1/2011

    " Great play! It makes me still enthusiastic to read next line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 4/27/2011

    " Poco divertente dal punto di vista della commedia, ma istruttivo e bello, scorrevole e dolce verso la fine. Shakespeare rimane un mito del teatro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/26/2011

    " Yeah... I read it before we actually had to for English, so I have to read it again. Whatever, it's a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 4/23/2011

    " Being an English major/English teacher, I enjoy almost all Shakespeare. Merchant of Venice is one of the first plays I read (high school) and I enjoyed it mostly for the vivid characters Shakespea created, especially Shylock, who garnered my ire and my sympathy. "

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Author William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.