A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Amanda Root, David Harewood, Roy Hudd
  • 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Shakespeare's most imaginative and merry play is set in an enchanted wood amidst fairies and sprites.
When Oberon, King of the Fairies, uses his magic upon four runaway lovers in a midsummer wood outside Athens, chaos ensues. Who really loves whom? Meanwhile, a band of well-meaning but bungling local actors have their rehearsal sabotaged by the mischievous Puck, who bewitches their leader, Bottom, and Titania, the Fairy Queen. The result is a lively and anarchic comedy which can only be resolved by an elaborate disentangling of spells.
Hermia is played by Amanda Root, Oberon by David Harewood, and Bottom by Roy Hudd.

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Shakespeare is rolling in his grave.

Would you try another book from William Shakespeare and/or the narrators?

I love Shakespeare, but these are the worst narrator I have EVER heard.


What did you like best about this story?

That it was a play by William Shakespeare.


What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

The completely faux Jamaican accents of Oberon and his queen completely ruined the tale. They were almost offensive.


Was A Midsummer Night's Dream worth the listening time?

I cannot recommended this audio book. Offensive is putting it mildly.


Any additional comments?

In all the years that I have been a member of Audible, this is the very first time I can say a book was simply awful. Save your money save your time.

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- Gil of the Amazon "I am an avid reader, I love a good book more than almost anything."

A great performance of a Shakespeare favorite

A Midsummer's Night Dream has more physical comedy than most of Shakespeare's plays, and you're missing out if you don't see Oberon and Titania and the rest of the fairy court, so I wasn't sure how enjoyable this purely audio presentation would be. But it's a delight. Oberon and Titania are otherworldly, and sound effects make it clear what's going on to make up for the lack of visual cues.

This is a comedy about two pairs of youths, one in love and the other couple both in unrequited love. Their flight into the fairy woods, a well-intentioned fairy king (and a not so well-intentioned Puck), a troop of actors, and a quarreling fairy royal couple, all collide in a funny, magical fantasy that gets untangled with a happy ending, unlike Shakespeare's other famous play about star-crossed lovers.

Definitely a great way to experience this play, although still better on stage.
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- David "Indiscriminate Reader"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2014
  • Publisher: Arkangel