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Richard Burton was born to play Hamlet. This performance is a classic which everyone ought to know. The soliloquies are unique, differing in interpretation in the most imaginative ways from their counterparts in former recorded productions. Hume Cronyn, despite his American accent, is a superb old fox as Polonius, and Gielgud as ghost finally found a role which requires his stylized delivery.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Richard Burton's Hamlet to be better than the print version?
Richard Burton performing Hamlet...LIVE! Yes!
What other book might you compare Richard Burton's Hamlet to and why?
I could be entertained by my old college biology text book if Richard Burton had made a recording of it.
What does Richard Burton and a full cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Performing Hamlet...Live! No covering up mistakes and captures the excitement of live theater. I absolutely love it.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Hamlet laying on the guilt trip to his mother about marrying his father's brother and implying she and his uncle murdered him. It is very heart wrenching and dramatic.
Any additional comments?
"Oh Hamlet, speak no more!" sobbing..."No more!" sobbing...
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We're familiar with Shakespeare, and we know just how good Hamlet is. But this recording is all about the golden larynx of Richard Burton. As it was a recording of a live theatre performance, the sound quality is less than perfect, but who cares? It's a privilege to be able to listen to him. I agree with some that his Hamlet may be a little too manic in places, but maybe not an unreasonable interpretation.
And as a bonus, the honeyed tones of Gielgud feature as the ghost.
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