• by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by Bill Bryson
  • 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shakespeare's life, despite the scrutiny of generations of biographers and scholars, is still a thicket of myths and traditions. Some are preposterous, some are conflicting, all are arranged around the few scant facts known about the Bard, from his birth in Stratford to the bequest of his "second best bed" to his wife when he died.Following his international best-sellers A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson has written a short biography of William Shakespeare for the Eminent Lives series, which seeks to pair great subjects with writers known for their strong sensibilities and sharp, lively points of view.


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Not the book you might think it is...

This is a book about Shakespeare the man (and the times he lived in) - it is not a guide to his works. But given that qualification, it is an intriguing account. It flows easily into the ear, constantly asking interesting questions, and answering many. But in the end, we are still left wondering how any person could grasp so much and penetrate so deeply into humankind.
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- Russell

another Bryson best

If you could sum up Shakespeare in three words, what would they be?

a good read

Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

as good as 'at home' also excellent work

Any additional comments?

keep up the good work Bill

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- bill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2007
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited