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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (72,495 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Stella Gonet, Gerard Murphy, and full cast Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2001 ISBN:
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Twelfth Night, nowadays one of Shakespeare's best-loved and most-admired comedies, was not always so regarded: Samuel Pepys saw the play three times in the 1660s and judged it 'silly'. Modern audiences, critics, and directors seem better attuned to its delicate counter pointing of romance and realism, to its ambivalent ending, and to the poetic suggestiveness of Feste's songs.

With this in mind, sit back and enjoy this lively performance, featuring the voices of such esteemed Shakespearean actors as Stella Gonet (Viola) and Gerard Murphy (Sir Toby Belch), accompanied by a full cast. 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 DrJenni | 2/20/2014

    " Still funny every time I read it. Glad Colin had to read it for his English class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zuzana | 2/14/2014

    " One of my favourite Shakespeare's comedies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danna Ridge | 2/9/2014

    " This is my favorite Shakespeare play. I highly recommend it :) My class watched the movie version as well (the one with Helena Bonham Carter), and I thought it was fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 2/7/2014

    " It was good, not my favorite edition of the book, but it was required for class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina Lim | 1/16/2014

    " My favorite play by Shakespeare's to date. I like comedy:D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 1/11/2014

    " Not my favorite play. Many of the jokes go over my head, the formula of the plot is bothersome, and there just aren't any characters that I really care about that much. This is a whimsical play, and I'm not a big fan of whimsy (I'm looking at you Southeast Portland), so my response could be more about me than the play. I've seen it done twice and always enjoy what the actors do with the lines, but as a read it was a bit of a slog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Estelle | 12/23/2013

    " This was suprisingly light-hearted. I forgot how funny Shakespeare can be. I love all puns, and his ability to have characters go on and on and on with wordplay . The plot was not extremely in-depth, but I appreciated it - especially the androgyny and homoerotic subtext between Antonio and Sebastian. Overall, a quite fun read, although not life-changing by any means. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelica Velazco | 12/16/2013

    " This book was more interesting then I thought it would be. The love triangle between Olivia, Orsino, and Viola/Cesario made things real interesting because of how each character had feelings for another person, other then the person that has feelings for them. My favorite character was Olivia because of they how well she disguised herself and played the part of a man named Cesario. She had to hide her feelings Orsino because she really loved him but he saw her as a man. I would sugest this book to any highschool senior because of the love and emotions that take part in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dakota | 12/11/2013

    " Easily my favorite of all Shakespear's "works", I love this story. It is a shame that Amanda Bynes was given the opportunity to ruin the tale with a modern remake a few years back, but I think true thespians will agree that it had the strength to enure such a horrific violation of the natural order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 11/26/2013

    " I remember doing a monologue from this for Shakespeare through Performance class in college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianne M | 11/23/2013

    " Never was there a greater opening line than "If music be the food of love, play on." "

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

    " My favourite comedy by Shakespeare, full of laughs and surprises as well as a strong story and characters. Saw an RSC adaptation which had Richard Wilson as Malvolio :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tegan | 11/3/2013

    " I also went to go and see this t the Globe Theatre in school.... It was quite good actually "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 10/4/2013

    " By far my favorite Shakespeare play! HILARIOUS--I laughed out loud in some parts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/21/2012

    " Would have been a three, but Feste is so awesome I bumped it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 11/6/2012

    " Meh, not my favorite Shakespeare play. Alright, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 7/12/2012

    " Probably my favoite of his comedies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 4/12/2012

    " Actually a fairly entertaining book for a book I had to read in English. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 3/18/2012

    " Eh, typical Shakespeare. Some cross-dressing, mixing up, falling in love, a brawl or two. Shrug. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 3/18/2012

    " Read about 20 pages of this; finished in the Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th Edition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conniejoneso | 10/4/2011

    " I remember reading this while in London and we got to see the play at a Park there...Hyde?...can't remember now... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/8/2011

    " I read the first part of this book in a Shakespeare read aloud group, so had the motivation to finish it: otherwise, I never would have chosen to read it for pleasure. It was a lot of fun to read aloud: there were some hilarious scenes that had us cracking up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alejandra | 7/23/2011

    " This is an incredibly funny book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chrissy | 6/21/2011

    " Too many movies ripped it off before I got around to reading it, so that the plot device tasted stale. Still, great dialogue (of course). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 5/23/2011

    " Possibly my favorite, I liked this even more than Much Ado About Nothing. It helped that most of the readers on the audiobook were really good, particularly Viola. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " I've seen this play produced so. many. times that it's lost a little of its magic for me, but there's still no arguing: it's one of the very best of Shakespeare's comedies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzette | 5/16/2011

    " Shipwreck. Twins. A woman dressed as a man. Love triangles. Chaos ensues. Love me a good Shakespearean comedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warren | 5/16/2011

    " my favorite Shakespeare comedy, as far as I've read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 5/15/2011

    " As far as Shakespeare goes, not my favorite, but still enjoyable non-the-less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sami | 5/12/2011

    " I like Sarah - and I understand where she is coming from. Her sister is an excellent foil. This is a giid series starter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sakura | 5/7/2011

    " lol this is a fun book even tho its a little weird at times its still one of my all time favorite books of Shakespeare "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 5/1/2011

    " Definitely one of my favorite books by Shakespeare. There is so much wit and comedy hidden in this book that you don't always catch the first time reading it. But it really is brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 5/1/2011

    " Shakespearean comedy at its finest... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/30/2011

    " Possibly my favourite Shakespeare play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 4/28/2011

    " Chicks and dudes get mixed up. In Shakespeare's day, it was little dudes playing the chicks dressed like dudes. Sounds like an early version of Tropic Thunder's play on race. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 4/25/2011

    " I'm sorry, I cheated, I just read the sparknotes. but i'm just so behind. with five days of makeup work, AP tests, and leaving for another trip in 30 hours, i barely have any time to breathe. cheating a little on my fifty-two makes me feel a *little* better... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Careshow10 | 4/24/2011

    " Shakespeare. What to say but wonderful. If you enjoy Shakespeare, you obviously don't need my review to get you to pick up this play. It is wonderful in every aspect. The characters, the plot, the dynamics, the comedy. Just a great read. Shakespeare lover's will feel me. Just awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 4/23/2011

    " I preferred Love's Labour's Lost. This was ok -- interesting re the gender-bender part but that's the academic in me talking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Forrest | 4/15/2011

    " so much beautiful language - not very much story. Malvolio is treated much worse than contemporary-darling Shylock ever was. "

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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.