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!