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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73,170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Michael Redgrave, A Full Cast Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"Our revels now are ended... this rough magic I here abjure..."

In Shakespeare hinting at the end of his own magnificent career in these and others lines spoken by the great magician, Prospero? The Tempest was the last of Shakespeare's comedies, completed just before he retired to his native Stratford-upon-Avon; perhaps this delightful comedy was intended to signal the playwright's farewell to his beloved theater. The Tempest reflects Shakespeare's mature genius, with its story of innocence tempered by intrigue, hilarity bounded by melancholy. Audiences the world over still thrill to The Tempest's dark comedy and magical fantasy.

Sir Michael Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave helped to build one of England's foremost theatrical families-- a tradition that Ms. Redgrave continues today. And Hugh Griffith is one of the nation's greatest character actors. Together, they bring The Tempest majestically to life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shakespeare’s blend of romance, comedy and political intrigue and his echoings of Virgil and Ovid can make this, like his other late work, feel at once classical and incipiently postmodern.”

    New York Times

  • “Part of The Tempest’s permanent facination for so many playgoers and readers, in a myriad of national cultures, is its juxtaposition of a vengeful magus who turns to forgiveness.”

    Harold Bloom

  • Prospero’s use of magic in The Tempest is a source of apparently endless critical speculation. It has been defined as benign and redemptive, its violence excused or legitimated. At the opposite end of the critical spectrum it has been defined as witchcraft and read as a metaphor for colonial oppression…By whatever means The Tempest is approached, magic is the defining factor in the relationship between Prospero and Caliban.”

    Times Literary Supplement

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yui | 2/17/2014

    " This book is about revenge, love, and storms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol Hardesty | 2/7/2014

    " Being the fantasy geek that I am, "The Tempest" is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. Interestingly enough, it was also the last play Shakespeare completed before his death. So it's only fitting that the Bard's swan song would be a bewitching adventure. Plus, here's some trivia: two of the characters are named *Ariel and Sebastian*. (strikes a thoughtful pose) Do you think perhaps the creators of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" read "The Tempest" and decided to give their characters the same names? ;) One can only wonder. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Emma Goodwin | 2/3/2014

    " I am a big Shakespeare fan but I had to read this in school and it was so boring and confusing. Nothing important seemed to happen, the plot was too strange to be tragic and there was no excitement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Greg | 1/27/2014

    " Reminded me of LOST. I owe this work more time and energy. "

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