Shakespeare Saved My Life

  • by Laura Bates
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before - supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars. Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years - a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.

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What the Critics Say

"Macbeth and Hamlet are the primary targets of examination, but the inmates take fresh approaches to several plays." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Stunning and Disturbing

What made the experience of listening to Shakespeare Saved My Life the most enjoyable?

Can't really name one thing...it all worked together to make a great story.


What other book might you compare Shakespeare Saved My Life to and why?

Henrietta Lack's story had a similar effect on me. The stories are so intriguing and to know they are true stories leaves me speechless.


What about Cassandra Campbellā€™s performance did you like?

She's got a lovely voice, and can take on different characters without a hitch.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. Neither laugh nor cry just left me stunned.


Any additional comments?

Highly recommend. This is a world I would never ever venture into. Laura Bates does a terrific job of ushering us (safely from our comfy armchairs) through a difficult and dangerous world.

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- Beatrice Berk

Shakespeare Fan or Not-worth the listen

This book is not about Shakespeare as much as it is about dedication and redemption. Hard to stop listening. Well written and narrated, this is an amazing story of the profound difference the misunderstood can make. I am not a fan of Shakespeare and never could follow it. However, the insight into the path of a convicted killer is sadly tragic. Author Laura Bates is an amazing woman and convict, student, author Larry and amazing man!
But for the grace of God...
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- PLCC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio