BBC Radio Shakespeare

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Full Cast
  • 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Performance

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. In Much Ado, the clarity of radio allows the wonderful verbal sparring between Beatrice and Benedick to sparkle as high comedy and melodrama mix magically in a combination of prose and verse. Revitalised, original, and comprehensive, this is Shakespeare for the new millennium.

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I am not overly fond of Shakespeare; I am not a connoisseur nor a fan of his works. However, David Tennant's performance of Benedick is exquisite. That being said, I could probably listen to David read the phone book and be overcome with emotion. Fangirl? Yeah, maybe....just a tiny bit. This version of "Much Ado About Nothing" is abridged, and the dialogue is altered somewhat. Still, it's immensely enjoyable, and the cast really does an amazing job of bringing it to life. Samantha Spiro is very enjoyable as Beatrice, and her style works well with David's. All in all, an enjoyable listen, especially for DT fans.
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- Irene Adler ~Kindle Forum Pro~

Abridged and altered

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No


Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

I would love to, but the play gets modified by the performers.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes


Any additional comments?

The performance cuts out significant portions of the play. There are also several places where an actor changes a line or word order. It really takes away from the play. Also, Don John speaks too, too softly to even be heard. What's the point?

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- Dorene Kavanagh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited