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Publisher's Summary

Hamlet, which dates from 1600-1601, is the first in Shakespeare's great series of four tragedies. In writing this extraordinary play, Shakespeare effectively re-invented tragedy after an interval of roughly 2,000 years - you would have to go back to the Greek dramatists of fifth century Athens to find anything of comparable depth and maturity.
This production features the voice of Anton Lesser as Hamlet along with a full cast.
(P)1997 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1997 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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By Kirby on 11-27-03

Excellent Copy

This is a first-rate production of the play. It's clean, complete, and well-acted. Music and sound-effects are tasteful. At times, it might be a little bit too quiet, say, for airplanes, but these moments are few and far between. Overal, I wanted an audible copy I could keep coming back to like the text, and that's precisely what they've delivered.

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By M. W. Roberts on 02-09-10

The best of the audible Hamlets

My chief criterion in evaluating a dramatized performance of Shakespeare is that none of the lines are left out, save a few words here and there. Secondly, I also appreciate accurate sound effects, and a subtle "soundtrack," and a good overall recording quality. By all of these measurements this Naxos production of Hamlet scores well. The main problem is that, in a couple of scenes, Hamlet himself starts speaking way too fast for one to take in the lines. One might argue that this play is soooo long that, since this company has - quite justifiably - decided to remain loyal to Shakespeare's script, it only makes sense that they would have to hurry it up a bit. A few reviewers have failed to take the validity of this argument into account. The BBC Shakespeare productions are invariably bad about leaving out large chunks of important dialog. Any geek like you or me who listens to audible dramatizations of Shakespeare will insist on every verse being spoken.

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By zoe on 12-01-15

a great classic

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

yes i would recommend it to a friend it is good for anyone that likes the classics

What other book might you compare Hamlet to, and why?

you can compare hamlet to most tragedy books

What does Anton Lesser and full cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

you wouldn't the tones of different character

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

no as it is a heavy book because of the nature

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By Peta on 10-02-15

I can thoroughly recommend this performance

I can thoroughly recommend this performance . Anton Lesser is superb as Hamlet and the rest of the cast bring it all to life

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