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Publisher's Summary

Passionate Love in a Prejudiced World

In Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy, director Bill Rauch explores racism, religious bias, xenophobia, and the more disturbing aspects of relationships in the context of our society’s ongoing struggle with polarizing differences. 

Consumed by their bigotry, those who praised the Moorish general Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage to Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome all obstacles, but Othello’s assignment in an exotic new location draws them into the web of his lieutenant Iago, whose resentment and demons know no bounds.

Public Domain (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Tremendous Production

I suspect that if you don’t know Othello, this will be a little harder to get into, but still worth your time. For someone like me who does know the play, this production is breathtaking.

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Simply Perfection.

This was such a beautiful listen. The sound quality, the sound effects, and the music were all so gorgeously crisp and made me feel like I was sitting in Ashland, Oregon watching this play while drinking mulled wine. Each actors craft was elegantly and powerfully displayed in this recording and are obviously all top notch. Thank you Audible, so much for making this available to me (and others).

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More honorable than tragic

Listening to this dramatic performance shows that the Shakespearian story of Othello is more about the less publicized honorable nature of a seemingly disadvantaged individual than it is just another romantic tragedy.

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True text with modern inflection

Often, Shakespeare loses me because Middle English language and phrasing are too antiquated for me to easily follow. This rendition is expertly acted, offering true language in modern inflection. Really well done.

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Best Way to Understand Shakespeare!

It REALLY helped to hear the inflection and tone of the actors! Although this was a terribly sad storyline, as one of his Tragedies, it was well worth the listen, and our group had an excellent discussing afterward.

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Best version ever

This is some of the best acting I've ever heard. I teach high school students and for mist of them this is their 3rd play and is their favorite mainly becasuebthe actors in this version do such a good job with expression and inflection that they make Shakespeare's complex diction understandable. I love this version and the actors who played Othello and Iago were brilliant.

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  • tony
  • 07-18-22

brilliant

I always wondered what the big deal was regarding the works of Shakespeare. Now I know. It's a simple drama, but the language! The language gives what could be routine conversation the weight of biblical proportions. I'm gonna need some more of this.