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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73,336 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: CBC Full Cast Production Publisher: Audio Holdings, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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A magical tale of enchantment, retribution and love. Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, is betrayed by his brother and exiled to a desert island with his daughter Miranda. With the help of Ariel, a spirit, he uses his supernatural powers to shipwreck his brother and others on the same island. With a series of illusions, he regains his rightful place and finds a husband for his daughter. Download and start listening now!

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  • 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! "

  • 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 ! "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 :) "

  • 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.