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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146,502 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare, E. Nesbit Narrator: Josh Verbae Publisher: Interactive Media World Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781787244245
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Set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skilful manipulation. This edition of 'The Tempest' 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/20/2014

    " The Tempest is among my least favourite Shakespeare plays. I suppose I just find it rather dislocated. All the action takes place in this no-man's-land, an island as without nation as it is without nature, for it's peopled by fantastical spirits and indescribable monsters. It therefore feels like there is no rules, anything can happen, and without a positive reality to defy, it doesn't seem all that miraculous when it does. Also, I struggle to find any of the characters likeable. Prospero's this Machiavellian bam, playing with people, including his own daughter, to avenge his sense of injured righteousness. Miranda is this simpering one-note non-character. The only person I felt anything for was Caliban, and that was far too much pity to find any of his foolery funny. I'm just not the biggest fan of this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 2/20/2014

    " Not my favorite William Shakespeare play. I tend to remember when I read it in college that this one was a tad more difficult for me to follow, so I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other works of Shakespeare that I have read. "

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

    " One of Shakespeare's plays classified as a Romance (in the old sense of the word). Every time I read it I enjoy it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P_campbe | 2/7/2014

    " I love Shakespeare's last play! Different from most of the novels I felt, there was action with the tempest and the boat to humor from the men thinking one was talking when in fact is was the spirit. Shakespeare is the best and creating fun and serious at the same time and can't wait to read another! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 2/4/2014

    " Not a favorite again, but the Bard always throws in some good stuff. And who wouldn't love Prospero?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kalessin | 1/31/2014

    " Last play for my Shakespeare class--all told, I will have read 13 of Shakespeare's plays, and 9 this semester alone. Woot! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tristy | 1/24/2014

    " I wanted to like this more. The concept is wonderful. The illustrations are wonderful. But the two just didn't connect for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hevel Cava | 1/23/2014

    " E x c e l l e n t ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laural | 1/15/2014

    " Shakespeare's best written play, in my opinion, even if A Midsummer Night's Dream is my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiannon | 1/2/2014

    " my second favorite tragedy, after the acottish play "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Khalil | 12/29/2013

    " The first of Shakespeare that I have read. I found "The Tempest" to be fascinating, although difficult to comprehend at points. I hope to understand Shakespeare's style to a greater degree in the future, and explore more of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandria Nicole | 12/25/2013

    " I liked this story a lot but there was some weird spirit stuff happening that lost me and I didn't think it was needed. Only happened once tho so not too bad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M6 Hope | 12/23/2013

    " This was my first Shakespeare read. I enjoyed it. Maybe I'll read others of his plays sometime. I like his use of language and how he makes up new words. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 12/19/2013

    " I found it to be boring and unengaging compared to some of the other plays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 12/10/2013

    " There were some good moments in the story but not too many of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 12/10/2013

    " It's just funny that The Tempest has an average rating of 3.73. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Everett Darling | 12/8/2013

    " One of the best epilogues ever, delivered by Prospero. I imagine it as Shakespeare himself saying goodbye to his magic craft as he shuffled off soon after this plays completion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brendan | 12/5/2013

    " I think this one was a bit of a mess to be honest. The language is great as always, but the plot and resolves leave some things to be desired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Schwabauer | 12/5/2013

    " This is a pretty good read. The odd thing about this play, though, is that nothing really happens. Most of the events that the play is drawn from happened long before the play even takes place and the play itself deals with concluding those events. There is some beautiful language and a few of Shakespeare's most famous lines within this play. There is also the potential for some pretty spectacular theatrical effects, since the protagonist of the play is himself a wizard (perhaps an image of Shakespeare himself, who was a wizard with the English language). All in all, this is a good play and one of Shakespeare's middle-famous works, written late in the Bard's career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke Dombroski | 12/3/2013

    " Hmm... Where to begin? Being my 8th Shakespeare play, the Tempest certainly set itself apart from the others. I don't feel comfortable putting this under the category of any of Shakespeare's other plays (tragedy, comedy, etc) because it truly stands alone. It reminds me, primarily, of "a play about playing." It is well known that Shakespeare wrote this at the end of his life, there was trouble with the art if theatre at the time, and it was his last solo work. I could find many references to acting and "playing" so to speak, especially being an actor myself. But besides the interpretation, it is one of my favorites of Shakespeare's works. The plot is solid, and has its dramatic and comedic moments. The use of magic was very interesting, and although I didn't feel to strongly for any of the characters (compared to worry for Antonio's fate in "Merchant of Venice") I found myself enjoying it. I'll probably re-read this and write another review, but I'd highly recommend it, although it is not the place to start with Shakespeare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Peoples | 12/2/2013

    " My performance as Sebastian really put it over the top for my theatre arts class. Not the best Shakespeare I ever read, but still entertaining. A good last piece for the greatest writer of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel (Sfogs) | 10/15/2013

    " 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 Brittany Lee | 10/3/2013

    " I almost forgot how long it takes me to finish a Shakespeare play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer Smith | 9/6/2013

    " I didn't really like the play, mainly because I didn't understand it at first. But overall it was good writing and I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 9/3/2013

    " I loved the epilogue at the end :') "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Advaita | 8/15/2013

    " This one is all about magic,power, politics, dilemma, etc. Not my the best of Shakespeare, but still quite a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rowena | 7/31/2013

    " Miranda and Ferdinand are a pair of romantic idiots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice | 5/31/2013

    " This is definitely one of Shakespeare's better plays. It is a rich mix of comedy, romance, and drama-- not to mention mysticism. Quite beautiful and poetic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xavier | 5/10/2013

    " The Tempest was a slow moving book that someone might enjoy. But, I can tell you it definitely is not me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charise | 2/9/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gracie Bawden | 1/30/2013

    " I love this book.Shakespeare's last play. It took me a couple of reads to be able to really connect to it, but now I do I feel so glad I persevered. To read it from a post-colonial position makes it even more poignant, and the comedy even more brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toby | 1/22/2013

    " Read this again for class...never was too crazy about it, although it does have a wizard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John R | 1/7/2013

    " It is a very fun book to read. Similar to the Epic of Gilgamesh is was a role play book, meaning the book told exacly what the character were doing. At some moments the book was hard to understand like when that ship crash happnened, by it was Prospero's falt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dirk | 1/3/2013

    " Anybody else read this and think "A better measure for measure?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 11/3/2012

    " I think the Tempest is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. It's not talked about all that much but the mixture of myth and humor make it a fun story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Egerer | 10/5/2012

    " Excellent play. Romantic, charming, poetic -- I guess this is what I'm to expect from Shakespeare? Prospero's noble deed at the end wrapped this story up well, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsty | 9/20/2012

    " I enjoyed The Tempest on my second reading of it, but not as much as I thought I would. The story itself was great and some of the writing was wonderful, but I would have preferred it to be a little longer and to have more interaction between the characters of Prospero and Miranda. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kalessin | 2/13/2012

    " Last play for my Shakespeare class--all told, I will have read 13 of Shakespeare's plays, and 9 this semester alone. Woot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shacoria | 1/26/2012

    " This was a really enjoyable book. I liked it better than some of Shakespeare's other stories. The only real critique I have of the story is that I find the ending to be a little too happy. In the end all of the bad guys apologized for their wrongdoing, which is sweet, but not very realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominique | 12/30/2011

    " well, i read the play "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam | 12/11/2011

    " 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 Ann | 11/9/2011

    " Gorgeous. Especially compared with some of his other works. Stylistically so unique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Livy | 11/3/2011

    " I liked it, it kind of reminded me a lot of the Cain and Abel story, but it is definitely was not one of my favorite. I still gave it four stars though, because it did enjoy it. I just didn't like it as much as some of his other plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eslam | 11/1/2011

    " I love most of them specially Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sameh Ragheb | 10/25/2011

    " I enjoyed the play, Maybe I am in love with Miranda Prospero's daughter now :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lewis Allan | 10/7/2011

    " Read this very young, was a bit difficult at the time. I did enjoy it, but again at the young age I was, it was difficult to understand what was going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 10/2/2011

    " Billy Shakes and I are tight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irisheyes | 9/16/2011

    " I'm still have several of the lesser known plays to read.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tommy | 9/12/2011

    " i dident really enjpy reading it.It was more of a love story and im not that interested in them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Florian | 9/11/2011

    " What else is there to say? THIS IS IT. Shakespeare, man! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 9/7/2011

    " Couldn't do without it. Same with the Pelican Shakespeare and Pearson's The Necessary Shakespeare and every one of the paperbacks. Fantastic, of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iva | 8/31/2011

    " I actually haven't read it, but I saw a show yesterday. Local people and some from other countries worked on it and did a great job. I liked every minute of it. Someday I will surely read it. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 8/28/2011

    " I have a similar edition of his complete works "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/26/2011

    " read only 12th Night because will be seeing the play in September at Shakespeare festival in stratford.Delightful! Can't wait to see it performed live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 8/23/2011

    " Timeless, Classic, thrilling! A true taste of culture and passion! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scylar | 8/9/2011

    " Great to have all of Shakespeare's works in one volume. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 8/8/2011

    " Until you have read Shakespeare, you really have not read anything in the English language. You might as well start now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evangeline | 5/22/2011

    " Very handy to have around to refer to, if i was to buy individual copies of all his works it would be costly and take up far too much space. Alhough of course i still like to buy special copies of my favourites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 5/18/2011

    " I haven't read everything in it, obviously, and the 5 stars is mostly because...well, the book has everything Shakespeare and I bought it at a used-book store four years ago, in mint condish, for 20 bucks. If that doesn't deserve a 5, right off the bat, I don't know what does. Bargain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 5/1/2011

    " Believe it or not, I have read them all O.o "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 4/19/2011

    " Didn't read the whole thing of course....but this is the edition I used in college. Very nice annotated edition, however it's a bit bulky. ;-) I kept it, because really, how much is Shakespeare going to change when my kid takes it in college? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/14/2011

    " The college class I took on Shakespeare's work really cracked it open for me. Knowledge definitely enhances appreciation when it comes to the Bard. This single-volume text includes everything he's written, with annotations. Over 2,000 tissue-thin pages. I just want to pet it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 3/10/2011

    " What do I think well? It one of the greatest books I've read and still reading. I know that I will continue to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reddie | 3/7/2011

    " So far I've only read Hamlet....so far...just wow. Full Review Coming Later "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Javen | 3/4/2011

    " It is not my intent to review the Riverside. There are several well-wrought "complete works." But nobody even comes close to William Shakespeare of Stratford. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/17/2011

    " Whether or not you believe that one man named William Shakespeare wrote these plays, it cannot be denied that they are greatly enjoyable on their own and have influenced countless other works of art throughout the ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 2/10/2011

    " Worth the investment- all of his major and minor tragedies, comedies, histories and romances- plus sonnets. Our professor had made us get a version similar to this one (not leather bound). We read a good portion of it but you can only just scratch the surface with Shakespeare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/10/2011

    " I particularly like this annotated edition. Particular attention is paid to both language and historical context. "

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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.

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.