The Complete Sonnets of William Shakespeare

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Roscoe Lee Browne, Christopher Cazenove, Vanessa Redgrave, David Warner, Elliott Gould, Samantha Eggar, Robert Foxworth, Joel Grey, Juliet Mills, Roger Rees
  • 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For sustained dramatic intrigue and sophistication of plot, William Shakespeare's sonnets are at least the equal of his greatest plays. Throughout the centuries since their first publication in 1609, critics, psychologists and curiosity-seekers alike have pondered the nature of the poet's relationships with the mysterious young man, "Mr. W.H.", and the "ill-coloured" Dark lady. With or without the mystery, with or without the epic greatness of their author's other works, the sonnets would still have their place among the greatest poems ever written. Compelling, subtle, intellectually rigorous yet taut with intense emotion, each poem survives reading, study and vibrant interpretation from one generation to the next. On this recording, great contemporary actors present the entire sequence, delivering the full range and power of virtuosity, emotional power and bristling intelligence that made Shakespeare great.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good but not great

An acceptable hodgepodge, uneven audio, some shockingly dull American accents amid fine British ones. The best is saved for the last, with several well-known sonnets after many less impressive choices.
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- joan crawford

excellent cast

Shakespeare is to be heard rather than read.. Very enjoyable. Now back to Proust...
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-18-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books