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Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Group Publisher: Author's Republic Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781518938948
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Critically acclaimed as one of Shakespeare’s most complex and intriguing plays.

A delightfully comic tale of mistaken identities revolves around the physical likeness between Sebastian and his twin sister Viola, each of whom, when separated after a shipwreck, believes the other to be dead. Filled with superb comedy, this entertaining masterpiece remains one of Shakespeare’s most popular and performed comedies.

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  • 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 | 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanne | 2/6/2014

    " My favourite Shakespeare, Viola is my favourite character and I love the mixture of comedy and romance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 2/5/2014

    " My least-favorite Shakespeare play, full of incomprehensibly mean and shallow people. Blah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 melody | 2/3/2014

    " He's a man dressed up like a woman and they fall in love while a clown frolics around and mocks us all. I think I just didn't have my classic reading hat on and just can't find the appreciation Shakespeare deserves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fitzy | 1/29/2014

    " need to change this edition "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avery | 1/20/2014

    " William Shakespeare's fascinating play, Twelfth Night, is a play consisting many notions of deception, perplexity, and infatuation. These ideas are some which the things many characters experience all throughout the entire play. For example, Malvolio, the well-kept head servant of Olviia's estate, is deceived through a false information stating Olivia is in love with him. In his fantasies of trying to pursue Olivia, he reveals a vigor to out outside of his own character. Being stuck in his own imagination causes him to be portrayed not as a veritable mature man, but as a immature simpleton. It all ends when he is taken out of the enigma that Olivia's love for him was all apart of a game of revenge. This book is filled with copious amounts of situations where many characters fall into cases where problems can occur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianne | 1/16/2014

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

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/14/2014

    " Twelfth Night is based on how far people would go for love. This book is very interesting because I could related to the world as a whole. Something what i learned from this book was that sometimes people are not really in love they are just in love with the idea of being in love. What i did not like about the book was the end because i feel like the marriages were not based on love. I would recommend this book to people specially teenagers because they are the ones who struggle the most when it comes to "Love" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tpshinskie | 1/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to read. I read it at a time when I all I wanted to do was sleep and dream. Pretty depressing time in my life. I later watched a play at Miller Outdoor Theater when I finally pulled myself together and moved back to Houston. "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathryn | 1/9/2014

    " A re-read before I start teaching it with my 7th graders next month. One of my favorites! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 1/2/2014

    " Definitely not my favorite of Shakespeare's. The characters and the plot are very flimsy and while I understand the concept he was going for, it's not his best work at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morris | 1/2/2014

    " One of my favorite authors, poets!! He never drops the baton. Anything by him is worth your while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki | 12/26/2013

    " My favourite Shakespeare play of all time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivy | 12/18/2013

    " This is one of the first Shakespearean plays I was ever introduced to, and it will always remain a favorite. Despite an occasional deviance (the mistreatment of Malvolio for instance), it's quirky, light hearted humor is simply good fun. I would definitely recommend this to anyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelica | 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 Maxwell | 12/6/2013

    " I actually enjoyed the jokes, plot, and characters of this play a fair amount, so it seems that I'd have liked Shakespeare a lot more from the start if I'd been able to focus on the comedies rather than the tragedies. "

  • 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 | 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/1/2013

    " Not one of Shakespeare's better plays, but there were some fun moments. "

  • 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 9/25/2013

    " I am not particularly fond of Shakespeare (please no booing and hissing, I am entitled to my own opinions and likes). But "Twelfth Night" was particularly entertaining for me. I enjoyed it far more than any else Shakespeare I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 7/31/2013

    " What a great play. I enjoyed it immensely. I had seen it at Casper College and that made reading the play much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 6/20/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 4/8/2013

    " I think that this was a good book. I was impressed with how well written this book was and how easy it was to read, even though it is in old english. I believe that this is one of William Shakespeares best writings that I have read. I would highly recommend this book to all high school Seniors. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 12/13/2012

    " Directing this for my summer Shakespeare company, The Rude Mechanicals, so the full truth is that I'm re-reading, having been part of productions before. This is my favorite of the works, in its poetry, its passion, its falls and flights. "

  • 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 Klz | 6/15/2012

    " Heartbreak, intrigue, and comedy. The best of Shakespeare! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 6/14/2012

    " Another play I don't recall reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 6/4/2012

    " This play was 1000000x better than Romeo and Juliet. Even though it was a school book, I enjoyed it very much. It was actually so funny that despite the confusing language, i laughed out loud several times. I'm definitely glad that my class read this book. "

  • 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 "

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

    " my favorite of his work. this plot has been used SOOOO many times in modern pop culture. it amazes me that such a 'threes company' scenario has been around so long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/2/2011

    " He he! Ahhhh the confusion caused by identical twins~!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 6/26/2011

    " Even in modern English...I just can't get in to Shakespeare! This was just dumb. "

  • 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). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tay3lor | 6/21/2011

    " wow, that was a headache. :o) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/15/2011

    " If you would like to read a play about cross-dressing, go with this one over As You Like It. Twelfth Night is much more interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 6/14/2011

    " A great play, but I do not recommend this no-frills edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/9/2011

    " Not one of Shakespeare's better plays, but there were some fun moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 6/9/2011

    " Excellent text for teaching this great play to younger students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 6/8/2011

    " One of my favorites by Shakespeare. It is comical and has a happy ending, which makes me happy! Really not much else to say. The man is a literary genius. His stuff never gets old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carly | 6/7/2011

    " I read this in my 7th grade English class. It was a funny story and I really do enjoy anything Shakespeare. This was probably the first play that got me fascinated with him as an author an person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/29/2011

    " I always dreamed of playing Viola someday. "

  • 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. "

About the Author

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.