SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options)

  • by William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
  • Narrated by Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
  • 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Universally accepted as Shakespeare's finest play, we peel back the layers of Hamlet to discover how and why it deserves such a place of honour in world literature.


What the Critics Say

"Innovative, instructive and inspiring... lit crit to ensure A-satrs all round." (The Guardian)
"Superb! A totally brilliant way to revise." (Daily Express)
"Clear and lively...a stimulating study aid." (Sunday Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Great introduction to Hamlet

I really enjoyed this interpretation of Hamlet, which I've never seen or read before. I just finished listening to the commentary version (about 8 hours total), which consists of a full dramatic enactment of the play. Each scene is introduced by a helpful narrator who does a great job of keeping you up to speed with what's going on. She also gives you questions to think about as you listen regarding various characters and themes. Periodically throughout the action, the narrator breaks in to explain some of the important details, which I found to be very helpful and not at all intrusive. Her narration is enthusiastic and compelling, so it blends nicely with the action.

In addition to this commentary version, you also get a non-commentary version (about 4 hours), which I plan to listen to next. Now that I have a good understanding of who the characters are and what's happening throughout the play, I'll be able to enjoy it uninterrupted, as Shakespeare intended. :^)

By the way, this was my first selection, and I was very happy with the quality and usability of the recording. By usability, I mean the fact that it's broken up into several small chapters, ranging from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. It was easy to rewind a few seconds to re-hear something if I needed to.

Overall it's very well done. I'm looking forward to the next one!
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- Jane

Educational Entertainment at its best!

SmartPass has done a wonderful job. I couldn't stop listening. I learned so much. I would recommend this to anyone that loves a little history with their Shakespeare.

To Buy or Not to Buy, that is the question! BUY is the answer.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2009
  • Publisher: SmartPass