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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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Christa | 2/4/2014

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

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