A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
- Narrated by: James Shapiro
- Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-12-05
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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This book brings the news and intrigue of the times together with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.
This audio includes a selection of scenes from Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and Hamlet featuring performances by Vanessa Redgrave, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, and many more.
"Quite brilliant....It gives a whole large picture of his life, times, and achievement. Wonderful." (Andrew Motion)
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By Larry Miller on 10-27-05
If you love Shakespeare
...you will love this book. Shapiro looks at Shakespeare through a new lens and focuses his and our attention on his most creatively productive year. He helps us understand what shaped the man who wrote Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and Hamlet in one amazing burst of energy.
This is a fresh and refreshing look at both the four plays and the man and his times. I reccommend this listen for anyone who loves the Bard and/or anyone who loves these four plays. The 45 minutes of excerpts from these plays by the great actors is a nice bonus at the end.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Scott on 01-05-16
What would have made A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare better?
It's all my fault for not noticing--but this is a much abridged version on audio. The reading--even though performed well (and presumably cut) by the author himself--leaves out most of the more fascinating parts of the superb book. So, I'd say this is one to do that old-fashioned thing with--read it!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful