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OTHELLO William Shakespeare Performed by Hugh Quarshie Anton Lesser Emma Fielding and full cast audio book [Audio CD]

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'Othello', in the words of Edward Pechter, 'has become the tragedy of choice for the present generation.' Read the first page
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Format:Audio CD
The recent Naxos AudioBook entry in their Classic Drama Series, <Othello> NA 320612), is so well directed by David Timson that it fairly boils along. Granted that some passages are read a bit too swiftly to be followed by those without texts open before them, but one gets the feeling that this is a play and not a 400 year old monument. There are moments, however, when one could use some extra noises-on, so to speak. When Iago gets Cassio drunk, a little more rowdiness from extras would be appropriate--but perhaps I am spoiled by too many film versions and certainly by the full chorus in Verdi's opera.
Hugh Quarshie makes a more interesting Othello than a great one. He does not have that Paul Robeson voice that one tends to associate with the role, and he understands the part light years better than the Othello of that unfortunate film version a few years back. But his lightweight approach does not work when the mouth-filling flights of poetry make their demands after he is convinced of Desdamona's infidelity.
Anton Lesser also makes a fine but not great impression as Iago. Perhaps he needs to use more variety of delivery when he is being "honest" with the other characters. After all, his approach to Othello should not be in the same key as that to Roderigo or even to Cassio. Iago is a supreme actor, so it takes an equally supreme one to play him.
For once, we can hear Emilia (Patience Tomlinson) hesitate when she speaks of the "lost" handkerchief; although on a sound recording she cannot give us the body-language to explain why she betrays her lady for the sake of her husband. The Cassio (Roger May) is very good in the handkerchief scene with Iago and the hidden, miscomprehending Othello.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Tragedy May 22 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This play embodies tragedy, and may be my favorite play by Shakes. Othello has wonderful elements - some of the most unbearable and longest dramatic irony of any play, a devilish villain whose true motives we are left to guess, a virtuous but flawed protagonist, the triumph of evil over good. Othello is a gut-wrenching play and should be appreciated for its sheer dramatic energy and passion. Certainly other questions are explored - such as the issue of racial insecurities even in a successful and admired man among prejudiced people. However, perhaps the most important things to take out of it is the sheer evil that Iago spreads around him, puppeteering the good characters with strings of wickedness.
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By fileman
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Othello, comes out as a man wronged and tried to right a wrong and the only way in those days was by murder most foul, but it is the way of that world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to understand what shakespeare meant Nov. 11 2000
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
I think that as the author explained in the intro the original is hard to understand due to the venacular at use. The author took the story and munipulated it to fit the style of our times. He did this well and kept the story captivating and uses actual words for the story. He also eases the reader by making it a novel with inside feelings and thoughts which are harder to comprehend in play form. Its a great book to read. I recommend it for anyone that has ever had to read shakespeare and not completly understood what they were reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting characterizations Dec 2 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Othello isn't my favorite Shakespeare play, but I found the characterizations in it extremely interesting. I think that Iago's wife, Emilia, is one of the most complex and fascinating female characters Shakespeare ever created, as she is torn between her husband and Desdemona throughout the play. It all comes down to the question--why did she give Iago the handkerchief?? Emilia is certainly worthy of more critical attention than she seems to receive these days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tragedy Dec 7 1999
Othello is now one of my favorite Shakesperean plays, right behind Romeo and Juliet. The play contains many universal themes which could be applied to life today, such as jealousy and revenge. The book is sad at the end, but it is very well-written and is effective in evoking emotions in the reader. I recommend this book for anyone who has to read a Shakesperean play or for anyone who wants to read a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shake's Alive! Oct. 18 2000
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"Othello" is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, but even the best of things could use a little updating once in a while. That's why I was so excited when I found out about the comic book version. It is the play, the whole play, and nothing but the play, made easier for the layman to understand with interesting contemporary art.
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This full-cast dramatic recording of a classic Shakespeare takes the entire text and dramatizes the presentation, which results in a package capturing the excitement of both live play and written word. Audio listeners will enjoy the results; especially the pairing with classical music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ruin of the Moor
"Othello" is sort of a companion piece to "Macbeth" -- both are about noble, upstanding men who are destroyed by their own weaknesses. Read more
Published 7 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Master piece of the early 1600's seems all too real today
To read Shakespeare presents the reader with a dilemma and he either gets into the play and the personalities as the author presents them, in his realism as he understands their... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
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I never thought I would ever like to read Shakespear but after reading Othello I have been roped in. Now I want to read more works. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2012 by chrystal blyth
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameful marketing
Can't complain about the price, but the cover illustration is wrong (wrong publisher), there are no 'notes, 'sources', 'index' and too many more to mention, and the book is 92... Read more
Published on July 14 2009 by Michael from Montreal
1.0 out of 5 stars This sucks
Look, here it is. I know everyone says how great and everything Othello is and that this Shakespeare guy is like a genius. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by "shakespearesucks"
4.0 out of 5 stars a tragedy causes by a man with jealousy via a handkerchief.
the play is good. i have seen the movie and i think it's not as good as the book...othello in the book is stronger...also iago (my favourite,yes) is more serious.
Published on Sept. 27 1999
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