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Extended Audio Sample The Merry Wives of Windsor (Unabridged), by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,598 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Anthony Quayle, Joyce Redman, and full cast Publisher: Caedmon Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Sir John Falstaff, the lovable rogue, is brought back from his death in Henry V to set this farce in motion. Falstaff (Anthony Quayle), finding himself in need of funds, attempts to seduce 2 wealthy young ladies, Mistress Ford (Joyce Redman) and Mistress Page (June Jago). Alas, the scoundrel's money-making scheme goes awry when he sends the ladies - who are friends - identical love letters. The 2 women retaliate by plotting his downfall - with hilarious results. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 2/11/2014

    " I love that Shakespeare writes strong, witty women. The Merry Wives, Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page are very capable of taking care of themselves as they outwit jealous husband and ridiculous knights. This will be a very fun to play to see at the Festival this summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/9/2014

    " another case of "forgotten more than you (whippersnapper) has yet learned." time to reread. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 2/3/2014

    " I may like it better on another reading--I miss most of the puns on first readings. My first impression is that it reads like Abbot and Costello. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mallory | 1/28/2014

    " I actually really like Shakespeare's comedies. This one cracked me up, and I loved that there were three story lines going on at once. Shows truly brilliant writing! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/27/2014

    " OK not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Villwock | 1/18/2014

    " What a hack! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christiane | 1/11/2014

    " I know this text intimately. I was privileged enough to direct a student-based production of it when I was in college. "

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

    " I don't really remember this one very well "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 12/4/2013

    " 1985 Aug 1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P_campbe | 12/1/2013

    " It really didn't get merry until near the ending! What crazy fun women though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel (Sfogs) | 6/28/2013

    " A good laugh! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 4/29/2013

    " Funny stuff starting about the middle of the second act. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dameon Manuel | 11/9/2012

    " Shakespeare's most light-hearted comedy, and his only play with a contemporaneous UK setting. Also contains a makeshift ritualistic ceremony of Dionysus in the fifth act. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 8/31/2012

    " MUCH better on stage than as a read. I highly recommend seeing it on stage instead of reading. I know that was redundant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleisha | 8/22/2012

    " Reading this in prepartion for a read-through party hosted by a friend who's an Opera coach. Our local opera will be putting this up soon and she thought it would be fun to get a few dramatic folk together to ham it up. I agree! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 6/17/2012

    " A top contender for my favorite comedy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali | 5/17/2012

    " I guess watching this would be a lot better than reading it. Also I didn't like Falstaff so another play about him... No. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Stephanis | 3/3/2012

    " Great fun, with little of the biting humor of a lot of the other Shakespeare comedies "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/2/2011

    " cuckold. hehe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanja | 10/2/2011

    " This is a very funny story. Like most of Shakespeare's comedies, it was a bit ridiculous and had many weaving plots. I enjoyed it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren Tuttle | 6/22/2011

    " It was a lot of slapstick funny and not so much the ironic humor that I usually like in Shakespeare's comedies "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert Premeaux | 5/14/2011

    " A good mix of romantic comedy, farce and the thing that looms on the horizon for Shakespeare, the problem play ... though at best this one only hints at Measure for Measure or All's Well. Falstaff is always worth a read. "

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

    " Funny stuff starting about the middle of the second act. "

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

    " I made a resolution this year to read all of Shakespeare's plays. So far, as of March, this is all I've read. All in all, it's fun and baudy, if a bit strange and hackneyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 1/23/2011

    " A hoot from start to finish! After you've read it, listen to Verdi's operatic adaptation, "Falstaff," which brilliantly captures the humor of this play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 10/12/2010

    " Saw this as a German operetta in Berlin too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P_campbe | 8/22/2010

    " It really didn't get merry until near the ending! What crazy fun women though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/23/2010

    " Probably the best single volume edition of this textually challenged play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalía | 5/1/2010

    " I saw this performed at the Globe theater in Ashland, Oregon. Amazing, and amazingly funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayna | 3/10/2010

    " Very funny, even by today's standards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abe | 1/4/2010

    " This play is to Henry IV Parts I and II what Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is to The Andy Griffith Show. "

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