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Author: William Shakespeare, Edith Nesbit Narrator: Josh Verbae Publisher: Interactive Media World Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2018 ISBN: 9781787249684
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Petruchio tames Katherina, an unwilling participant in the relationship, with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride. This edition of 'The Taming of the Shrew' is an adaptation of Shakespeare's eponymous drama, narrated in plain modern English, capturing the very essence and key elements of the original Shakespeare's work. Read in English, unabridged. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lottie | 2/17/2014

    " I heard once that 'The Taming of the Shrew' is a book that you either love or hate. I'm somewhere in between (how's that for decisive). It's amazingly fun to see a nasty tempered woman learn obedience, though I do like to think at least a bit of her 'attitude' is still there, otherwise the play would be a tragedy, about a woman whose spirit was broken (like a horses?) However, that less than flattering depiction is not what I saw happening, it seemed more of a lesson for the 'feminists' of today. It's a very trick subject to address, but here it goes. I sometimes see women and men being downright nasty to each other, spiteful, and with no real reason. Kate is an excellent example of this, but my point is why, why the vicious spite. Submission is a lesson we hate to learn, probably why we rebel so strongly against God, but to invite this hatred as a counter measure against it invites poison to our souls, one that slowly destroys us. Anyway, interesting play. If you enjoy Shakespeare read it, even if you end up hating it the ideas involved just might get you thinking a little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/16/2014

    " Hilarious play! It's one of my favorites. But I'm biased to his comedies, because he's so damn hilarious. Petruchio is such an awesome and crazy character. I expected a bit more from Kate, though. Oh, well. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dpat | 1/31/2014

    " Favorite work by William Shakespear "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaum | 1/30/2014

    " A terrible job of Shakespeare ... He had a poor vision about the woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juna | 1/25/2014

    " I loved the cleverness of this play. I especially loved Kate, that is, until she "bowed down" to her husband and was tamed. "

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

    " Quick read on the one hand, and at least I know the story because had a hard time with the old English on this one for some reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savannah | 1/18/2014

    " I don't know how I would pass Shakespeare without No Fear. I actually read, understand, and enjoy Shakespeare's plays when I read them this way! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alnita | 1/17/2014

    " Basis of all romantic comedy! Love "

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

    " Not one of his better plays. Othello is much better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory | 12/25/2013

    " My class actually acted this play out and read the lines outloud to the class(i was Pertruchio). I had a lot of fun and it wasn't some huge sprawling epic. if you want to get into shakespeare, this is your book. You only need to figure out the language in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A | 12/23/2013

    " I came to enjoy reading Shakespeare while in High School Literature class. It helped even more when my teacher would also let us watch movies based on these classics, just seeing them brought to life made the reading experience great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delaine | 10/22/2013

    " This is one of my favorites by Shakespeare, especially for sassy ladies. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 10/2/2013

    " I'd like to give it 2.5 stars...funny in some parts, but not really all that suspenseful. Great word play/analogies, as usual. In spite of the title, there's actually a juxtaposition of gender roles within a marriage (makes one think, at the very least). It being of the bard, though, I'll round up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 8/9/2013

    " The birth of an obsession with Shakespeare's comedies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yorky | 8/7/2013

    " I really did like the book, it was a captivating tale but the end of the play was sort of disheartening. Apparently, you need to be submissive and obedient to be loved and accepted by your husband. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn | 7/12/2013

    " my favorite shakespeare work. It's not that hard to understand, and is actually quite funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 6/11/2013

    " Have always liked this one. Kate is great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 5/18/2013

    " What can I say - it's Shakespeare. I am re-reading it with my daughter for school and had forgotten how fun it is! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shan | 3/21/2013

    " My favorite work of Shakespeare "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 9/3/2012

    " It was good, though I'm glad wives are not expected, by society, to be slaves to their husbands in NZ today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosamond | 8/31/2012

    " Shakespeare's most confusing play. It's either a terribly ironic work of art dissing sexism, or a terrible attempt at irony. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indira | 8/10/2012

    " clever and entertaining. the misogyny didn't upset me too much, either. good to finally get the "kiss me, kate" allusion!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andie | 3/20/2012

    " it was okay until petrucio decided that "taming" Kate meant isolating her with no food or water for days. cruelty puts me off books, damn Shakespeare you were harsh to women "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iv | 3/5/2012

    " Amazing!So funny and witty!Loved it!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bohan | 3/2/2012

    " Well written and funny. But can't get past the sexist theme. Probably deserves 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asenath | 1/2/2012

    " There are so many ways that this can be interpreted...was Shakespeare an advocate for women's rights? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 {Father | 7/13/2011

    " I'm sorry but I didn't like this book at all. "

  • 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 "

About the Author

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

Josh Verbae is the editor and a theology specialist at The Big Nest. His work includes compiling collections of Christian Classics series and editions of the Holy Bible. His narration work includes The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter, The Sphinx without a Secret by Oscar Wilde, and English Fairy Tales, Vol 1 by Andrew Lang.