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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,295 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: The Marlowe Society Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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One of Shakespeare's comedies from early in his career, The Two Gentlemen of Verona has the smallest cast of any of Shakespeare's plays, and is the first of his plays in which a heroine dresses as a boy. Performed by The Marlowe Society, it deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/10/2014

    " This play has genuinely funnier moments than have occurred in either of its predecessors (Comedy of Errors, Shrew), stemming from the fact that for the first time the audience gets to be in one one of the character's jokes on another (when the Duke of Milan messes with Valentine when he knows Valentine is planning to steal away his daughter.) Plus, Launce's speeches are actually truly funny (if antisemetic, sigh.) Also, Mark and I thought that in Proteus we see the idea of love being far more important than the reality: it's why he won't kiss Julia goodbye, and why we think he switches the object of his affection to Silvia, who is more unattainable and therefore can be wooed tragically. Yes, the bit with the pirates couldn't be sillier (when we did this show, they were women, which made the oddly flirtatious language make more sense), and the ending totally falls apart, but we're seeing Shakespeare's sense of comedy improve markedly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 1/18/2014

    " Classic Shakespeare. Not my favorite but even a bad one is better than most peoples best. True love, truthy love, and betrayal with the customary woman dressed as a man (which at that time meant a male actor dressed as a woman dressed as a man??!) "

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

    " This is definitely not Shakespeare's finest, but it's still rather entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zeeple | 1/14/2014

    " Definitely my least favorite Shakespeare play. Tidy ending is way too easy and a little reminiscent of Hollywood (I say that pejoratively). I am looking forward to a tragedy after three comedies in a row. I think next up is Titus Andronicus (yay!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Pyne | 11/17/2013

    " I really enjoy the way that Shakespeare can make the characters so easy to connect with. It is not my favorite one of the plays he wrote, but the characters are understandable and very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 8/28/2013

    " The play is much funnier than the performance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grack21 | 4/28/2013

    " Woo boy. That ending is pretty repulsive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 3/16/2013

    " I just prefer seeing a play to reading one, but there is a reason Shakespeare is so timeless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyn | 11/21/2012

    " Apparently this is one the Bard's earliest works and maybe he had not yet hit his rhythm. The language is lyric and well placed, but there is just nothing going on. I gave it a chance, and tried really hard to like it, but just could not get into this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 9/18/2012

    " Yep. Read it. Yep. Enjoyed it more as a play. Yep. That's how it is going to be with this project. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aeisele | 8/19/2012

    " I really loved this - about friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hunter Johnson | 7/5/2012

    " Read it aloud with a group as part of 2013's "Free Shakespeare!" event at the Dayton Visual Arts Center. It's Shakespearean comedy; precious little review should be needed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 3/7/2012

    " What the heck kind of a wimp is Valentine. First he saves his love Silvia from being "forced" by Proteus THEN he gives Silvia to Proteus in the name of friendship. Instead of the two gentlemen of Verona it should have been the wimp and weenie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 2/18/2012

    " Shows our weakness of keeping our promises and the ends to which we will satisfy our lusts. Justice prevails. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 2/16/2012

    " This one has some stuff in it I really didn't like at all--the attitude toward women. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 McKenzie | 6/6/2011

    " Well, I hated Proteus and loved Valentine. I still don't think that Julia should have forgiven him so easily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abe Goolsby | 5/22/2011

    " Definitely one of Shakespeare's more lightweight works, but still quite enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/20/2011

    " Well, Shakespearean comedy, y'know. Lovers, fools, lovers bein' jerks, love both requited and un-, uhh bandits being kinda dumb. I guess there were some good lines, it was kind of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/19/2011

    " ah! this was the third play I read for that paper! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 3/28/2011

    " My absolute favorite Shakespeare play. A hilarious classic more people should read. "

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

    " This is the great modern edition of a play which is a silly comedy with an ending that should upset modern sensibilities--and there's a dog! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 1/31/2011

    " Yep. Read it. Yep. Enjoyed it more as a play. Yep. That's how it is going to be with this project. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabi | 12/20/2010

    " Awww, this one was so cute! There was also betrayal, and the funny olden way of using the saying, "Made love to" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelpeart | 12/1/2010

    " First actual Shakespeare I've read since Julius Caesar in high school. Appreciated having annotations. The word plays are awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/21/2010

    " Overall a good early work of William Shakespeare. Lots of intrigue and fun characters. My only beef is with the ending where Shakespeare seems to suddenly realize that he actually HAS to end it, so there are some loose ends that are hastily and messily tied up. Overall a fun play, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 8/11/2010

    " Read the play and then went to see it. It always comes to life when you see Shakespeare on stage. I was prepared to dislike the play, but enjoyed reading it and seeing it live. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M | 7/28/2010

    " I've seen and done this show too much to have any love for it. And the end is just a mess. However, I recently re-read it with some newbies, and they loved it, so maybe it's one of those things where it's great until it's overplayed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 7/15/2010

    " I just prefer seeing a play to reading one, but there is a reason Shakespeare is so timeless. "

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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.