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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Michael Redgrave, Peter Neil Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Award winning actor Sir Michael Redgrave leads a full-cast performance of Shakespeare's dramatic comedy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dmack | 2/17/2014

    " 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 Lady Shahrizai | 2/16/2014

    " I read this in high school and I have no idea which version it was. (Too long ago to even desire to figure this out.) I loved the story and Shakespeare's style and still do to this day. (This includes most of his works with with I'm familiar but haven't yet read.) I've seen movie adaptations of several of his works ... none of which I've felt succeeded. I just don't think Shakespeare's writings translate well to American film-making. (I don't know about the British.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Michell | 2/6/2014

    " My first Shakespeare, I am word perfect and love it, the film is a must see too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Obote O.clause | 1/29/2014

    " A story that cuts across money lending and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/23/2014

    " It's been a while since I have read Shakespeare - luckily, I read the version that had the modern English on the adjacent page. However, the more I read, the more the old language made sense. I am always surprised at how modern a Shakespeare tale can feel, even in the old English. The story is timeless and entertaining, though the discord between Jews and Christians was very outdated. It's been a while since one was forced into Christianity. I enjoyed many of the characters - especially Portia and Bassanio. There were a few I never quite got, and I think in a modern adaptation, some of the many extraneous characters would have to go. I kept getting a little confused about who was who, and of course it doesn't make it easier when they don a disguise! The Merchant of Venice is a great read for getting back into Shakespeare after twenty something years. What's next? Maybe Much Ado About Nothing - I'm inspired by the 6th grade play this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ajay | 1/18/2014

    " all done in my school days . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 1/14/2014

    " This is one of my most favorite Shakespearean plays to read! It touches my heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Golda Gabriel | 1/9/2014

    " One of my favorites...even memorized Shylock's defense for class in high school, and i still know it now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitlyn Affuso | 1/6/2014

    " It was hard to get into, but by Act II (roughly) it became much more interesting. It is a polar opposite of "Much Ado." "Merchant" is dark, tragic and pokes at sensitive topics. This tragedy play is for a reader looking for something grave and dark to crack open. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 12/20/2013

    " Chilling, uncomfortable, and tough to chew through-- not because it's bad, but because it's sort of heavy, sad in a strange way and hopeful in another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadadora | 12/18/2013

    " A great novel I love it my first novel that Shakespeare wrote it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/11/2013

    " I love how the play has been interpreted in so many different ways throughout the years. It's really a story that reflects our cultural back to us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/25/2013

    " I have seen this play performed, but I have not read it the way I have read Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabi | 9/8/2013

    " Okay, I haven't analzyed this one eitehr, and, try as I might, I could NOT get over the Anti-Semitism displayed! Not on my own! Give me time, and I'll find it AMAZING, I promise "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rawan Mohammad | 1/2/2013

    " My first William Shakespeare book.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 11/7/2012

    " "A pound of flesh"... I love the irony of this play but don't like the racism that existed at that time "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 8/15/2012

    " Like the original chick flick. Dramatic and relationship obsessed. Saw this being performed in the park and thought I would give it a read. Pretty boring to say the least "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 5/27/2012

    " Read a student version, which helped me quite a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 11/20/2011

    " Strange that my high school included this play in freshman English. Not exactly a rousing introduction to Shakespeare. In fact, I was so unimpressed, I refer to him as "the author of..." in my essay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Meekhoff | 11/17/2011

    " Good story, but the characters are a little different. But I guess Thea's how people were back then. "

  • 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.