Thursday, November 6, 2014

0 Audio Book Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet

Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Author: William Shakespeare
Narrator: Full Cast Dramatization 
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Published: August 5, 2014
Length: Approx. 2 hours
ISBN: 978-1-4423-7434-8
Genre: Classics
Source: Publisher


Goodreads Summary:
In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love in unexpected ways. In the woods outside Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves into couples but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another. The king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, battle over custody of an orphan boy. Oberon uses magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named Bottom, in an effort to distract Titania from the custody battle. While all of this is going on, Bottom and his companions ineptly stage the tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe.

This new full-cast recording based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare's classic expertly produced by the Folger Theatre is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.


Title: Romeo and Juliet
Author: William Shakespeare
Narrator: Full Cast Dramatization
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: August 5, 2014
Length: Approx. 3 hours
ISBN: 978-1-4423-7430-0
Genre: Classics
Source: Publisher


Goodreads Summary:
The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings Romeo and Juliet to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.

In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare creates a tragic world in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. This play, set in an extraordinary world, has become the quintessential story of young love.

This new full-cast recording based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare's classic expertly produced by the Folger Theatre is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.



My Thoughts: 
Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington D.C., "is home to the world's largest collections of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe." And now they've partnered with Simon and Schuster to bring fully dramatized audio books to the public. 

I chose Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream to listen to. All of the audio books in this collection are performed by a full cast. This is fantastic because it's like watching a play with your eyes closed. In case you're not familiar with Romeo and Juliet, it's a story about star-crossed lovers. A Midsummer Night's Dream is also about lovers, but it's also about fairies misbehaving. It's one of the funniest plays in my opinion. 


Both of the audio books were great to listen to. Watching the plays first hand is the absolute best, but the audio books would come a close second. I think it would also be good for teachers to have on hand while teaching Shakespeare. 


For the full list of audiobooks from the Folger's Shakespeare Library, click here.

To learn more about the Folger Shakespeare Library, click here.

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