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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73,143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Barry Morse, Sonja Lanzener, Paul Sparer, Ira Burton, John Glover, Brian Murray, Nicholas Kepros, Susan Osborn Mott, Pat Terry Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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In The Tempest, long considered one of Shakespeare's most lyrical plays, Prospero, a sorcerer, and his daughter, Miranda, have been stranded on an enchanted island for 12 years. When a shipwreck - caused by the eponymous tempest - brings enemies to the island, the stage is set for comedy, romance, and reconciliation.

The Tempest embodies both seemingly timeless romance and the historically specific moment in which Europe began to explore and conquer the New World. Its poetic beauty, complexity of thought, range of characters - from the spirit Ariel and the monster Caliban to the beautiful Miranda and her prince Ferdinand - and exploration of difficult questions that still haunt us today make this play wonderfully compelling.

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Listener Opinions

  • 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. "

  • 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 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 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! "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 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 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.