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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67,028 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 2/18/2014

    " Since this was required reading in school, I decided to read it as an adult. Still not one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simone | 2/15/2014

    " This is a play that really highlights inequality, be it between man and woman, or among different creeds and races. Nevertheless, the skill and sheer force of the underdog are shown in the characters Shylock and Portia. Portia is the strongest character of the whole play, even though being stuck in an impossible situation, and being relieved of it by chance, in the only moment her lover, Bassanio, shows any ability at all. Portia solves all the problems the others were unable to deal with, in one of the most ingenious turns, worthy of any real barrister. Also striking is her integrity, especially in comparison to Bassanio's. Whereas she was able to bear her burden because of the oath she had sworn her father, he is unable to keep the ring she gave him. In the end, I think she forgives him because she knows she has no match and she was the one who played him, and therefore she cannot expect too much from him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Reynolds | 2/13/2014

    " Trying to get this play read before discussion of it on Sunday! Hard to believe that I had three Shakespeare classes in college and never read Merchant of Venice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 1/19/2014

    " To bait fish withal: if it feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge! If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge! The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction. Yes, I memorized that whole speech for a high school english class, and am proud to say I can still recite the whole thing today. Are you impressed? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Zink | 1/13/2014

    " This edition of The Merchant of Venice not only includes the play itself, but also critical essays that provide historical context and perspective that guide one's navigation of the play. It is an invaluable resource. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felice Kelly | 1/13/2014

    " OK, so the whole Shylock anti-semitism thing sucks. In fact, it's a sharp reminder of how badly Jews have been treated even in supposedly permissive societies. But the play is funny and poignant and has a lot of lovely language in it. I recommend reading it out loud with friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 1/2/2014

    " I think that this is one of Shaespeare's wittiest plays with a great villain and hero. Portia is the angel of justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyson | 12/26/2013

    " I love Shakespeare, especially when I have the opportunity to see the play the day after finishing reading it! Pure brilliance! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 12/23/2013

    " Ok, this is definitely my favorite piece of Shakespeare. It's funny, extremely entertaining, and remarkably insightful. It's also one of the most sexually open plays in the first Folio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zack Mack | 12/20/2013

    " Similar to Gatsby by having false hope and symbolism and really was a good introduction to Shakespeare. "

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

    " A very good read. It shows the reader what's most important in life or something of the sort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Cowan | 11/16/2013

    " Now matter how many times I read this I always find a nuance that I missed the previous times. This is one of my favorite Shakepeares. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nimmaz | 11/14/2013

    " Buku ini bercerita tentang kesetiaan dua bersahabat yang melawan seorang lintah darat .Pada mulanya memang sangat pedih dan penuh hal yang pelik .Namun semua itu berakhir dengan kebahagiaan .Lintah darat pun memperoleh akibat dari semua perbuatan yang dilakukannya. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel C. | 11/2/2013

    " An extra star for the legal shenanigans, but I put this one in the same category as "Taming of the Shrew." It hasn't aged well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 4/17/2013

    " With each reading, I find this play more disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elda Kocks-de | 12/27/2012

    " Okay: first off, I am of the Christian faith.The Screwtape letters [CS Lewis] and The Merchant of Venice = amazingly fresh look at Christianity. Totally brilliantly written, I think... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantel | 10/16/2012

    " This one is funny! Lol "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maike Bruls | 6/13/2012

    " I liked it, but there are other plays that I like more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac | 4/29/2012

    " As all Shakespeare plays, I should probably read it a seconded time, or preferably see it preformed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikenliza | 2/13/2012

    " This book has actual Shakespeare's words on one page, and a modern English version on the facing page. It makes it much easier to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 8/21/2011

    " I finished it in 2 days, but I still didn't really get it-- but I know I like it :). I wanna read more Shakespeares... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dmack | 5/20/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 5/20/2011

    " Mercy is greater than justice. Indeed. "

  • 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. "

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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.