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The sound quality of this production made me imagine someone propping a microphone in front of a television showing Romeo & Juliet being performed. It's tinny-sounding, and there are background sounds of birds, wind, feet scuffling, etc, which dilute and diminish the voices to a small degree. It's not unbearable, just a bit distracting.
On the positive side, the actors are very good. Listening to this play was different from reading it on paper, or seeing it performed live... I caught different strands of relationship between the characters. The Nurse, played by Fiona Shaw, was especially brilliant.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorite Shakespearean works. The language is so beautiful and the voices bring out the wonderfulness of the book. The full cast is the best way to listen to a book on tape. They even have celebrity readers (Kate Beckinsale: Pearl Harbor, Serendipity). If you like Shakespeare, romance, or tragedy than this is a great choice. If not, this is still worthwhile just for the beautiful language.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
This is the best of the Romeo and Juliets that I have heard- it's well played, absorbing and well paced; in that I felt it was particually faithful to the Elizabethan stage- there was no obtrusive attempt to set scenes within a sound-scape ( not that there is anything wrong with this- the BBC ones tend to do it superbly, but if you have a few seconds of backround noise before a scene begins it does hold up the action) and the scenes are often divided just by the sound of a rapier swipe- just as one would imagine the scenes following hot on the heels of each other in the original staging- and of course the play itself is about rush and the lack of time.
Fiona Shaw is good as the nurse (though to be honest the BBC nurse is slightly better) and Anton Lesser made a more than usually sympathetic Mecutio. He did the 'queen Mab' speech very well, but rather underplayed his death scene.
Frances Barber made a convincingly harsh Lady Capulet- but the acoustics made me wonder if she was actually occupying the same space as the other actors- incidentally her Cleopatra (BBC radio) is even better..
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
This was the first time I listened to an audiobook version of the play.
To say I was impressed and moved by the cast's rendition is an understatement!
The characters, particulary Romeo and Juliet, are acted beautifully and the character of the Nurse is especially enjoyable!
I was immediately transported into the realm of Shakespeare and was lost there until the audiobook had reached its ending. To cut it short: Buy this audiobook, it's worth every penny and is beautiful to listen to!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This recording is perfectly clear and uses only a minimum of sound effects, which help convey the action. The acting, especially in the roles of Juliet, Romeo, the Nurse, and Friar Laurance, is remarkably good. Perfect for study or entertainment.
Terrible sound quality! This has been around in CD format for a while. Re-mastery sorely needed. The voices can hardly be heard through the din of the phoney sword play.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful