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King Lear Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: The Audio Partners; Unabridged Edition edition (Nov. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932219188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932219180
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 14.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly good Feb. 20 2009
By C. McCloskey - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Recently I've gotten hooked on the Arkangel Shakespeare audiobooks because, as fully dramatized, they become entertainment not a scholarly exercise in reading an archaic language.
King Lear was new to me, unlike the others I listened to, so I didn't know whether I could follow the action without any cues to tell me who was speaking. Not to worry, the actors are distinct enough that this wasn't a problem. I didn't know what to expect from the play itself because it was always described as horribly depressing, but, without any visuals, I could get interested in the characters without having any image of Lear carrying his dead daughter on stage.
Anyway, this has become one of my favorites of the Arkangel series. As the kids progress through the plays in school, I will bring out these audiobooks so we can hear 'conversational' Shakespeare to counterbalance what the kids see on the printed page.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
King Lear as it was meant to be! June 20 2008
By Daylight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Reading Shakespeare's classic tragedy is one thing, but listening to it performed in such a masterful way is another. This oral production of King Lear brings this play to life in a powerful way. What better way to get through traffic than to be entrenched in the world of treachery, pride and redemption! The actors are magnificient! This is one of my best purchases from Amazon.
Worth the Purchase Dec 1 2012
By Jenny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been looking for an accurate , unabridged audiobook for one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, King Lear. I did not like the Naxos Audiobook version. Its unabridged claim is false advertising. (The sound effects were good, though.)

I have listened to other audiobooks from Arkangel Shakespeare (Macbeth; Romeo and Juliet;Hamlet) and liked them, so I purchased their King Lear audiobook with confidence. It was worth it.

The sound effects (sword fighting, chains, etc.) were good. They did not overwhelm at all. Some of the music played in between scenes was weird, though.

The pacing was just fine with me. The performers didn't say their lines too fast nor too slow. It is only a problem if you aren't paying attention.

The performances were top notch with feeling and not over-wrought. I think some lines could have been said with more emotion (Lear's final meeting with his eldest daughters, for example), but they didn't bring down the whole play.

Last, but not least, the audiobook stayed faithful to the text. I think they used one of the folios. Anyone know which one?

Overall, I recommend this for high schoolers encountering Shakespeare for the first time, those who can't see the play live, and for the slow readers and mind wanderers. Enjoy!
The Best recording of the Best tradegy Dec 8 2007
By Happy Jack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the best performance i have ever heard of this play. Trevor Peacock (Lear) is phanominal. Every time i listen to it i find my self repeating lines back. Its just such a meaningfull play, and it is done to justice. Kent and Edgar are loyal and valliant, glouster and lear are tragic and Edmond is villanous...Its great.
King Lear Feb. 8 2007
By Michael Cantine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording is remarkably effective as a piece of theatre. Well-cast, well acted, well conceived.