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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (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 Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/15/2014

    " I quite enjoyed The Tempest. It is a bit darker, but not as dark as Hamlet or Macbeth. Those are just plain depressing. This is more intriguing. It still has questions about morality and whatnot but the main character is essentially a sorcerer so that is a nice twist. If you watch the half-cheesy, half-interesting Julie Taymor film, you may find the soundtrack to empower the story quite a bit (gotta love Goldenthal). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anibal | 12/26/2013

    " Y have read the book xD "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 12/26/2013

    " Wow, what a play. A wise, sage magician, a nasty sprite, a sad monster, a sweet hero and heroine with all kinds of identity crises and adventure--what more could you ask? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theres | 12/26/2013

    " Complicated but enjoyable, especially if you're able to discuss it with people afterwards. Would love to see this on stage some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prashant Mudgal | 12/15/2013

    " Read it in 7th standard as the old English text prescribed in the syllabus . Ferdinand, Miranda, Arial all seem to be part of your own world. Its the best from Shakespeare(opinions are relative) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charise | 12/10/2013

    " I normally enjoy watching Shakespeare instead of reading it, and this case is no different, but I enjoyed this story when all was said and done. The characters Stephano and Trinculo are funny, and the romance between Ferdinand and Miranda made me smile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ibilola Fasuyi | 12/8/2013

    " I did a presentation about this! i loved it.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heila | 11/1/2013

    " An amoral mess, but as usual with Shakespeare the language can be stunningly amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 9/22/2013

    " If you know the life of Shakespeare, then you will absolutely understand how this play makes Billy's oeuvre come full-circle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caleb | 8/18/2013

    " It was a cool play but it was really hard to read and to interpret "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty Abel | 8/11/2013

    " So i went to the Tempest play last night wit my book group. I loved it. It was in the Black Box, so it was very intimate. Shakespeare really was meant to be seen/heard and not just read. So I am changing my rating to 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caris | 4/27/2013

    " The Tempest is about some assholes on an island. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Twombly | 9/27/2012

    " Perhaps too many critical essays, but the book was useful in our course When Worlds Collide. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam | 7/22/2012

    " To me, it felt like Shakespeare gave up. The ending was disappointing. I was incredibly disappointed by this play. I thought it would be so much better than it was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Indeedox | 5/21/2012

    " viel zu kurz! Geschichte wurde dadurch komplett entstellt... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abe Goolsby | 4/24/2012

    " Great performances and fabulous music in this audio production. One of my very favorite of Shakespeare's! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 1/2/2012

    " Quite memorable and beautifully written Romance, with lines that countless modern works allude to, and situations that one could endlessly draw parallels to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chalida | 9/7/2011

    " Have read twice over the past few weeks and reading again while teaching to 10th grade. Definitely not as fun as R and J, but Prospero is pretty fascinating as a character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mommy Farris | 6/10/2011

    " One of my favorite Shakespeare plays. "

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

    " It was good. It was a side of Shakespeare that I haven't seen much of because in class we only read his tragedies. I had to write a ten page paper on it though so that kind of ruined the experience for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " Possibly my favorite Shakespeare comedy.

    Also, it has a special place in my heart because my fifth-grade class performed it in the original language, and I was a little cross-cast Gonzalo, and it was epic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam | 5/16/2011

    " To me, it felt like Shakespeare gave up. The ending was disappointing. I was incredibly disappointed by this play. I thought it would be so much better than it was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsty | 5/15/2011

    " An explanation of my profile picture... This is my favourite play, favourite Shakespeare, one of my absolute top five favourite texts - so I have a quotation from it tattooed on my arm. 'We are such stuff / As dreams are made on'. "

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

    " This is not my favourite play by Shakespeare but it is a pleasure to read nonetheless.

    Funny that he thought Milan on the sea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 5/8/2011

    " Too bad my professor sucks at teaching... I might have really enjoyed reading this otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/8/2011

    " One of the easiest to understand of the Shakespeare plays that I have read. Lots of good fantasy. A fast paced story. Humor. One of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/7/2011

    " Shakespeare's swan song, would want to be shipwrecked with it! "

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

    " Hadn't read it before-- though I realized, reading it, that various quotations I've used have come from it. Lovely, straightforward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/3/2011

    " Thunder, lightning, magical creatures and islands. A lovely fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 4/25/2011

    " Not my absolute favorite Shakespearean play, but I loved the fantastical elements with spirits and magic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgie | 4/23/2011

    " I love this play - but then I have a daughter named Miranda and yes, she is wondrous also. Can't help feeling for Caliban too, the "puppy-headed monster". "

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