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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67,141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Hugh Griffin Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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Antonio's friend Bassanio is in love and needs money to go courting. Using Antonio as his collateral, he borrows money from Shylock. But when the debt comes due, Shylock demands repayment in the form of a pound of Antonio's flesh.

Hugh Griffin, Harry Andrews, Ian Holm and Roy Dotrice perform Shakespeare's tragicomedy.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timm DiStefano | 2/18/2014

    " "Never trust a man who isn't moved by music." ... "Therefore prepare thee to cut off the flesh. Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou less nor more But just a pound of flesh" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rana Burr | 2/10/2014

    " A fascinating play by an even more fascinating playwright. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophi | 2/7/2014

    " 2 words. I. Love. Willy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickie | 2/3/2014

    " For our Shakespeare class. Really enjoyable experience talking about laws of the land, laws of God. The figures Antonio and Shylock represent... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristoffer | 2/1/2014

    " Do we not bleed? Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abdullah AlSaidy | 1/26/2014

    " one of the best !! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ng'ethe Maina | 1/26/2014

    " Loved the whole plot, but I really didn't like the ending, on how Shylock was used as a symbol of evil. I believe he was acting out of how he was raised and how their culture was raised. It's funny how Antonio is depicted as a saint which in contrast Shylock reveals his true nature towards the Jews and he still comes out without a scratch yet Shylock loses everything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 1/26/2014

    " Required reading in a high school lit class. Would probably appreciate it more if I re-read now "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joodi | 1/19/2014

    " I saw the movie after I studied this play. It was really amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/10/2014

    " I liked this one but it isn't my favorite Shakespeare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Romy | 12/31/2013

    " Muy astuta el desenvolvimiento de los personajes, pero no me gusto que denigran y hablan mal de los Judios,muy antisemita.Quizas por esa eposa si era ampliamente aceptado. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RK Byers | 11/16/2013

    " i can't front: when the guy's good, he's good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Tuttle | 11/13/2013

    " I have a difficult time reading Shakespeare but I enjoyed the plot of this play and the themes after my Proffessor explained them to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 11/11/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dray | 10/26/2013

    " I actually found this play quite tragic. To speak so eloquently of mercy and then turn around and rip someone's life apart as revenge is a tragedy. I'm looking at you, Portia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 8/8/2013

    " Good book! It's better to hear it than to read it in my opinion-it is a play after all! Hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeni | 7/28/2013

    " I read this play the other day while at work. I was actually really surprised by how much i liked it. In my opinion, it was short and too the point, which isn't always like shakespeare. I loved how it played out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 7/20/2013

    " I love Shakespeare because of the way all the plots became woven together and the complexity of the characters. The hypocrisy by some of the characters was very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fatima Janneh | 7/14/2013

    " Most likely my favorite play by Shakespeare "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanella | 2/18/2013

    " One of my favourite Shakespeare plays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roanne Araneta | 8/4/2012

    " i like this so much! haha i presented this back when i was in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 7/9/2012

    " One of my favorite Shakespeare plays - it helps that I had an amazing professor teach this play! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shyanne Hurley-Phillip | 9/7/2011

    " Yet another great book. not as great as julius ceasar though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabi | 9/3/2011

    " 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 Luke Dombroski | 7/30/2011

    " I've recently begun reading Shakespeare. 5 or 6 plays in, this is by far one of the best. A difficult play to perform, but an easy and good read. Portia's scenes were a little slow, but as a Shakespeare "Problem Play," it's great. "

  • 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.