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Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Arkangel Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Arkangel Shakespeare Collection Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781483013046
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Love and wit conquer all in Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy of self-delusion and disguise.

Padua holds many suitors for the hand of fair Bianca, but Bianca may not be married until her spinster sister, Kate, is wed. Could any man be rash enough to take on Kate? 

The witty adventurer Petruchio undertakes the task. While he sets about transforming Kate from foul-tempered termagant to loving wife, young Lucentio and his clever servant, Tranio, plot to win Bianca. 

Frances Barber and Roger Allam are Kate and Petruchio. Lucentio is played by Alan Cox.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The thorniest play in the canon, with the possible exception of The Merchant of Venice.

    Telegraph (London)

  • “One of Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular and problematic comedies.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A lusty, witty, well-crafted comedy, The Taming of the Shrew abounds in vigorous, often ribald wordplay.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “An early comedy whose particular strength is the vigorous control of its central relationship. Modern audiences must accept that Katharina is not the loser by her taming, though arguments about the possible ironies of her dutiful final speech will continue.”

    The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English

  • “[Shakespeare is] challenging an audience’s expectations of how a woman is supposed to behave. What if, as a human being, she doesn’t want to roll over, as was expected in Shakespeare’s day? I actually think he’s championing the woman's rights.”

    Edward Hall, English theater director

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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

Louis L’Amour (1908–1988) was an American author whose Western stories are loved the world over. Born in Jamestown, North Dakota, he was the most decorated author in the history of American letters. In 1982 he was the first American author ever to be awarded a Special National Gold Medal by the United States Congress for lifetime literary achievement, and in 1984 President Reagan awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the nation. He was also a recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.