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Download The Winter's Tale Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Winters Tale (Unabridged), by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,591 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Sir John Gielgud, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, and full cast Publisher: Caedmon Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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A king's mad jealousy tears his family apart in this rich, tragicomic play, one of Shakespeare's last. When King Leontes suspects his wife, Hermione, has been unfaithful, he sends her to prison, where she gives birth to a daughter. Assuming the baby is not his, Leontes orders that she be left to die on a desert shore. He spends the next 16 years grieving over his error, until the fateful day his long-lost daughter Perdita returns. Oscar winner Sir John Gielgud leads a full cast in this masterwork of romantic theater. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 2/16/2014

    " A fantastical romance with comedy, tragedy, and lovely surprises. Best enjoyed within the historical contexts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 2/5/2014

    " This one's definitely a problem play. The motivations seem a bit forced, and the repentance and reconciliation are just too pat. I liked it better when Lamb told it. As an adult, I just cannot like most of the characters, so I really don't like the play very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 1/30/2014

    " This is my favorite Shakespeare drama, and I've definitely seen it on stage more than once. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristina | 12/31/2013

    " I remember reading this at some point, but I get it mixed up with all the other tertiary plays that aren't as funny as 12th Night and Midsummer Night's Dream. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hui Min | 12/27/2013

    " I LOVE FLORIZEL. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/26/2013

    " This is one of the more bizarre plotlines. With bizarre characters. Which don't fit together. The plot doesn't quite cobble enough for me. It's like a puzzle, where the edges of the pieces sort of lay on top of each other, instead of locking together. So you end up with Niagara Falls falling off backwards on the picture. There are some interesting statements made here, and a few scenes of good fun... but if you're going to read some Shakespeare? There are many other ones to read first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Bledsoe | 12/25/2013

    " The five stars is not just for the play itself, but for the notes on its history, composition and meaning by editor John Pitcher. Usually these sections are as dry and sandpaper, but Pitcher conveys his own enthusiasm and as a result, these sections are a joy to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 9/21/2013

    " meh. not my favorite shakespeare play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tex Tourais | 9/16/2013

    " I docked it a star for the statue scene... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micha | 9/11/2013

    " Had no idea how good this one was until we hit it in class, now it's really stuck with me, and really changes how I've always thought of Shakespeare (which, to be fair, is based more on his earlier plays and career than these later ones). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keely | 9/6/2013

    " I won't pretend I understood everything that happened, but I got the jist of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 8/22/2013

    " I think this would have to be my absolute favorite play by Shakespeare. I read this after having read all the more famous ones and was very surprised by the ending. It is not what you'd expect from Shakespeare. While it ends the way a comedy should, there is still a surprise twist. "

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

    " First work of Shakespeare's I've read in over 3 years. Um, I thought parts of it were brilliant, while others were just...random. Middle of Act 2 was odd, and Act 5 was just... weird. I liked it, but it just wasn't what I was expecting from a Shakespearean play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 5/11/2013

    " One of my favorite plays, I re-read over the summer because I saw the RSC's production at the Armory. I love the dual nature of this play: first half a tragedy, the second act a ridiculous pastoral comedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 11/29/2012

    " Shakespeare's everything play. Really. Or at least all of his good theatrical devices. Such a powerful story of forgiveness with a love thread along the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/25/2012

    " The writing was still beautiful, but it is such a silly play. [Leaves this review pursued by bear] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 3/17/2012

    " This was a fun read; such a dramatic story and pretty funny in parts, too. I was surprised at all the sexual references, I guess I thought that literature from that long ago would be more virtuous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Midgett | 3/11/2012

    " I actually watched this instead of read it, but it counts. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 12/27/2011

    " hans history, and why he was were he was and why he got involved in the rebellion "

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

    " I think this is my favorite Shakespeare play? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/28/2011

    " I was actually in this play! Best role ever: Autolycus! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmalee Miller | 8/13/2011

    " I adore Shakespeare. His work is pure beauty. I can't recommend his works enough. "

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

    " I actually watched this instead of read it, but it counts. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke | 5/11/2011

    " Like "As You Like It," this play also concerns aristocracy and it partly takes place in a pastoral setting. I found it enjoyable, but couldn't buy the mystical element. The secondary characters were more interesting, because most of them were funnier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 4/17/2011

    " Read for Shakespeare English class--Freshman Year "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie | 4/3/2011

    " Zeitgeist, boy has our language gone backward in time. Discovering WS has been a huge bucket list item of mine for 30 years. So fulfilling to be doing it!! But sometimes wildly difficult! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/28/2011

    " Ok, I like the ideas behind this play better than the work itself. It is ambitious and long and slow to read and unfortunately under produced.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/24/2011

    " I was actually in this play! Best role ever: Autolycus! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. The first work of Shakespeare that I have read. After getting used to the language, I loved the book. It reminded me of other stories,I have read. There was a surprise ending. I would recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabi | 12/20/2010

    " Dude, it's where JKRowling got the name Hermoine from, and it was just so funny! "

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