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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Trevor Howard, Margaret Leighton, David Dodimead, and full cast Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN:
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Kiss me, Kate, we will be married o'Sunday - Petruchio

A Shakespeare Society Production.

The complete play in five acts.

William Shakespeare lived between 1552-1616, but his work endures and is enjoyed the world over.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffani Erickson | 2/16/2014

    " You cannot go wrong with William Shakespeare. In fact, I am excited to take a class on Shakespeare. I love his works, although they are difficult to decipher sometimes, it's worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 2/14/2014

    " Love the shrew! Check out the BBC Retold version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 2/12/2014

    " I give it a 3. I would have given it a 3.5 if there was a option. Not that I have anything against Shakespeare I just don't really understand Shakespearean language, like i have to read the page 3 times just to get what was happening. Okay back to the review. I started reading this book last summer but I had to stop since I had a hard time understanding but after taking a test about it for school and watching 10 Things I hate About You in school, I actually found the story even more beautiful than it really was and decided to finish it just a few weeks ago. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan Rhodes | 2/8/2014

    " I wish i didnt even have to give Any stars to this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 2/6/2014

    " I was taken with the metafiction beginning, something I know Shakespeare used a lot later, but comes off as a mere clearing of the throat here. But reading it in full for the first time, I thought it softened the misogyny -- Shakespeare telling us that this is what men think men think of women and women of them, take from it what you will, it's just a play. And although Petruchio has most of the best lines, the only reason this play must still be performed (and want to be performed) is what it gives to the female lead who plays her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/20/2014

    " Proof of the backward-ness of teens of the '90s...I saw (and fell in love with) Ten Things I Hate About You. After enough viewings, I felt guilted into reading the original. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Garcia | 1/20/2014

    " This book has a lot of problems with the sexism of its time, which is going to bug you. That being said, there's a lot to say for this play. It's got Shakespeare's standard wit and intelligence as well as some surprisingly nuanced commentary on gender roles. I'd give it a read were I you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mashi | 1/20/2014

    " I watched the film many years ago.By Richard Berton & Elizabeth Taylor.Shakespear is a real play writer.Taming of the shrew has broken all the traditions of people at that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roderick | 1/18/2014

    " Acted this book out in class, what a riot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gia | 1/13/2014

    " Tough to figure out exactly what Shakespeare intended with that finale...easy to love the fight scenes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele R | 1/7/2014

    " I guess I'm still too much of a feminist to completely tolerate this classic comedy . . .even though it is the 16th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 London | 12/31/2013

    " The Shelf: Accepted. Favored Author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Alcorn | 12/22/2013

    " This was quite short and accessible. I think most kids would be able to enjoy this version of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dvdurante | 11/7/2013

    " Yeah don't bother reading this. See the play. SO good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Jackson | 10/7/2013

    " one of my favorite of "his" works. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie | 5/25/2013

    " humorous, but i can't get over the blatant sexism of shakespeare in this play. his chauvinism is so great, and so ignorant, that i'm tempted to question his overall intelligence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 1/25/2013

    " The King....not even attempting to review him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Syafa | 1/14/2013

    " i very like this book.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/21/2012

    " The introductory scenes with Sly were a surprise to me! I was also somewhat surprised by how much of the musical Kiss Me Kate is directly from the play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenzie | 8/12/2012

    " Hillarious. William Shakespeare out did himself with this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly R | 6/16/2012

    " I can't remember when I finished this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jiji | 5/12/2012

    " I was forced to read it for school. Although it was comical, I just hate Shakespeare in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cena | 2/22/2012

    " AMAZING!!!! loved it so funny too and a great movie. once the language was decyphered i had a great time with it... SHAKESPEAR ROCKS O_0 \m/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Stys | 2/21/2012

    " probably my favorite play of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hay | 2/10/2012

    " loved 10 things i hate about you, loved this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 10/4/2011

    " I love this play. I've directed it twice. The second time for Oxford Shakespeare in 2005 , with a wonderful cast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 5/23/2011

    " This play best exemplifies how my love life will play out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/21/2011

    " The first straight comedy of Shakespeare's that I ever read. The characters and situations are hilarious, and I love the Kate and Petruchio relationship. A must read for anyone who's even remotely interested in Shakespeare! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " I'm rating this 3-considering-it's-Shakespeare, not 3-compared-to-the-majority-of-books. It's fantastic, of course; just not among my favorites of his plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 5/18/2011

    " Cant give five stars to a play that encourages spousal abuse--even if its Shakespeare "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hay | 5/16/2011

    " loved 10 things i hate about you, loved this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/8/2011

    " I had a hard time with the gender roles of the day. It was entertaining enough, but very sexist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/5/2011

    " Such a good book! And funny in a Shakesperean sort of way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candice | 5/4/2011

    " i think bell shakespere's productionof this ruined the story for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 4/11/2011

    " The language is exquisite, as usual.

    The initial set-up never pays of. Kate's last speech would only make sense if a husband is perfect. I wish she could have taken that into consideration.

    Also, some dialogue could have done with a little more subtext. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 4/11/2011

    " funny book, in a shakespearian sense...the original bridezilla! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esmeralda | 4/9/2011

    " Another example of William Shakespeare's insight into human relationships. Recently saw the film version-excellent portrayal of "the shrew" by Elizabeth Taylor opposite Richard Burton-very entertaining and funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/5/2011

    " i love the book because i love the movie 10 things i hate about you (what it's based off of) but not sure about the ending... kinda iffie on that "

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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.