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The Rape of Lucrece Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Rape of Lucrece (Unabridged), by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 0 (478 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Richard Burton Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Richard Burton reads Shakespeare's narrative poem about the legendary Lucretia (or 'Lucrece'). The poem tells the story of the Roman leader Tarquin's rape of Lucrece and her subsequent suicide.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Katie Hawkins | 12/24/2013

    " "For me, I am the mistress of my fate..." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Cherie | 11/29/2013

    " Not some of Bill's best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Kevin Chambers | 8/17/2013

    " Unsettling and gripping character study in poem form. Looking at the psyche of raped and raper, Shakespeare forces his audience to confront and contemplate the horrors of such an act. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Emily | 8/16/2013

    " This was my favorite reading from this Shakespeare class. The sonnets are mind-blowing, and there are so many truths within the words. "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrator

Richard Burton (1925–1984), born in Wales, was a renowned, award-winning actor of stage and screen. He was one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period and at one time the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. He won a BAFTA, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Tony Awards for Best Actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award, six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but without ever winning. His awards include a 1975 Grammy Award for Best Children’s Recording, for The Little Prince. He also narrated Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds, his performance becoming a necessary part of the concept album. Widely admired for his command and understanding of English poetry, he insisted that his way out of an impoverished Welsh childhood was due not to acting but to books; he read one a day and was an avid fan of Shakespeare. Although he is widely known for his Tony Award-winning role playing King Arthur in the original production of Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway musical Camelot, he also won a reputation as the best Hamlet of his generation.