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Publisher's Summary

BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.The trees and shrubs resonate with declarations of love and confessions of assumed identity in this exciting new production, where the intimacy of radio brilliantly recreates the closed-off, magical world of the Forest of Arden.Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.
© and (P)2000 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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By Donald on 05-21-11

Loved it!

My biggest complaint with BBC radio Shakespeare is their modernizing of the bard's songs and I'm not a big fan of their background music either. As You Like It though is tolerable enough in both of these areas, I personally would prefer something more authentic but it is good for what it is. The biggest draw to this production is Helena Bonham Carter who I thought was fabulous, who wouldn't fall in love with her Rosalind. More than any of the other BBC comedies this is one I eagerly look forward to listening to again and again.

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By Robert on 07-23-13

Why such terrible singing?

Where does BBC Radio Shakespeare rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This recording is quite good, and I have a recording of nearly every play of Shakespeare's.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Helena Bonham Carter's Rosalind is unique, perfect, vibrant.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately, the fool's songs are sung in a nasal, saccharine, twang reminiscent of high school pop ballads.

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By Philip on 01-21-08

Buy it, love it, rave about it...

This is superb. I didn't know the play but was hooked from the word go.

All the cast are wonderful- This is one of the best Shakespeare dramatisations that I've heard from the BBC.

It is not unabridged- which is both a strength and a weakness- they have struck out virtually anything that could be obscure- so it all romps along beautifully- and yet the purist within me feels slightly short-changed by the abridgements.

Secondly the music is probably the productions weakest point. They keep the singing to a minimum which under the circumstances is probably a blessing.

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By Sheila on 01-09-09

Fantastic!

All the cast are amazing with no exception! easy to follow and definitely the best example of a Shakespeare Audiobook i've seen so far!
The only weak points (but this is just me being picky) is that sometimes Rosalind and Celia's voices are slightly too similar to flow clearly. - However thats probably just me. Also the fact its not the unabridged version is a mixed blessing.
BUT anyway these minor points still don't affect the fact that i'm giving this 5 stars :D

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