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Publisher's Summary

In The Tempest, long considered one of Shakespeare’s most lyrical plays, Prospero, a sorcerer, and his daughter, Miranda, have been stranded on an enchanted island for 12 years. When a shipwreck—caused by the eponymous tempest—brings enemies to the island, the stage is set for comedy, romance, and reconciliation.

The Tempest embodies both seemingly timeless romance and the historically specific moment in which Europe began to explore and conquer the New World. Its poetic beauty, complexity of thought, range of characters—from the spirit Ariel and the monster Caliban to the beautiful Miranda and her prince Ferdinand—and exploration of difficult questions that still haunt us today make this play wonderfully compelling.

Public Domain (P)2002 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Couldn't hear

There was soo much atmospheric sound that the words were drowned out, let alone its Shakespeare! Didn't get past the first 5 mins.

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  • CB
  • 06-20-12

Shakespeare...Wait a minute. Did that say Sonya??

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

All Shakespeare should be read aloud. There is a rhythm to Shakespeare that you just don't get when you read it silently. (Hence, at least part of the problem with High School English classes,) But, when you have the chance to listen to some really fine actors playing the parts, you have the ability to watch the story unfold before you
Tempest was the first professional theatrical production I ever saw and this audiobook brings back all the magic of that experience.
Besides which...I actually knew Sonya Lanzener.

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5 Stars for Shakespeare

Thank you to the National Endowment for Humanities for the free recording. No complaints when free.

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A Wonderful Rendering.

I had never read ‘The Tempest’ before, so I’m so glad I got to experience this audible version. I feel like I got to enjoy the next best thing to seeing a live performance on stage. All of the vocal actors were wonderful in their parts. This classic story had a lot of humor and reminded me very much of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ which has always been a favorite of mine.

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short and very entertaining

The performance was top notch, the story is very entertaining. The actors did a very good job.

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insufferable

performance sometimes hard to understand with certain characters, & was grating to listen to at some parts. the main source of my ire was how wretched the plot is . i appreciate the theatricality of the performance but it shouldn't get in the way of audio comprehension

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Human weakness is overcome with forgiveness.

Trying to recall the character Ariel made me listen and read this play again.
This time, the story is much differently perceived. Prospero, a multi-faceted character, sets the stage for revenge but then softens - at the suggestion of a magical, invisible being.
Overall, pleasurable and got the job done. Recommended.

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okay

Prospero, Stephano and Trinculo were great but the voice effects on Ariel were very obnoxious.

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This is not the full play but an abridged version.

This is an abridged version. Much of the text has been cut out. It's free but not helpful if you want the full play.

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Unclear

This production was hard to understand and follow. It is not worth the time .

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  • Melba Dube
  • 05-29-21

Liked it

A crew of men are shipwrecked on a magical island and tormented by an old man and his slaves.

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  • Tone
  • 04-29-22

Ruined by unnecessary backing music and noise.

very difficult to listen to..
The incessant background sounds are louder than the actors lines and in many parts you can barely hear the script or which character is speaking.

Shakespeare's plays in general do not translate well to audio because unlike in theatre or on text you have no idea which character is talking unless the narrator is able to provide a clear distinction in tone & dialect between the characters.
This one is particularly bad because, even taking into account the aforementioned noise, the narrator/actors all sound identical.
I gave up early due to this confusion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-22

Thoroughly entertaining

The audiobook version of this play is very entertaining. It has a whole cast, sound effects and music. I felt thoroughly entertained by the voice actors, even if it was somewhat confusing at times. I found it harder to understand Shakespeare when it was read to me rather than when I read it myself. The character changes and the scene settings were sometimes difficult to decipher when the audio version has omitted the setting descriptions, character names and stage directions.

Overall I would recommend this audiobook as it was amusing and quick to listen to.

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  • Alice Mannering
  • 12-03-21

Very hard to take in

The performances were a bit too wild for me as some of the voices didn’t make the text very easy to take in and the sound effects, while fun, were very loud and distracting. I couldn’t listen to this at night as it was too loud and dramatic. Fun though.

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  • Dan Pollendine
  • 01-08-16

A Fun production - good for young people.

The voices are clear and the story is at a good pace. I particularly liked the portayal òf Prospero, Miranda, Alonso and Caliban too. I didn't like the distortion on Ariels voice and found neither Stephano or Trinculo very inspiring.
Ferdinand and Antonio were OK.
music was excellent throughout and the Bowson had a great cameo and nearly sole the show but for Prospero's final speech, which I loved.

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  • Renata Lee Shong
  • 01-11-22

Enchanting

I thoroughly enjoyed this work of Shakespeare. Apparently it was his last one before retirement. Narration was well done and the characters excellently performed.

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