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The Tempest Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 4 (73,251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Sir Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, and Full Cast Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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Is 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 see 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Tegan | 2/16/2014

    " We did this in English and I found it thoroughly enjoyable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Nick Nemetz | 2/3/2014

    " This is the first time that I had actually read The Tempest after seeing it a couple of times. My experience reading it was not too special. I say that because this novel to me at least, was not typical Shakespeare. Neither the content nor the structure was as good as I had hoped. As far as the way that the play was written, there are too many points in the play where there are too many people talking and it gets confusing while reading it. In Act 2, there are at least 4 or 5 people talking amongst each other in successive lines. When being performed, this is obviously not important, but for someone who is simply reading a play, especially with the language of a Shakespeare play, it is hard to keep track of who is saying what. The one thing I enjoyed while reading the play, especially after discussing it in class, was how this play may have been a precursor to the discourse of colonialism. There are many examples of colonialism in The Tempest. The most important one is with Prospero and Sycorax because there is a binary opposition related to it. Sycorax, who is a witch of dark magic, is also a woman and harnesses nature as her source of power. Prospero, on the other hand, “colonized” Sycorax’s island and killed her. As a result, he enslaved Caliban, her son. I never thought of the Tempest in this context. I always thought that Caliban was just a bitter young man. However, thanks to the discourse of the phenomenon of colonial discourse, I appreciate this play much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Rachel (Sfogs) | 1/26/2014

    " REALLY liked this play! Magic, spirits and a cunning plot thats rights all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Alex Li | 1/16/2014

    " During reading the book The Tempest it was my first experiences reading a Shakespeare's book. The Tempest was a hard difficult book that was about Perspero and how he lost this kingdom to his brother Alonso. Even thought this book was really hard to understand it was a great start of reading these old modern books. This book have shown a lot of themes like Romance between Miranda and Ferdinand and power and more. But i think that most of the part is about power and how Perspero want to get back his kingdom. "

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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.