The Merchant of Venice

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Michael Redgrave, Peter Neil
  • 1 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award winning actor Sir Michael Redgrave leads a full-cast performance of Shakespeare's dramatic comedy.


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Tis a LIAR

I bought this thinking that it was an UNabridged version of Shakespeare's play. When I played it, I found that IT IS AN ABRIDGED version!

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- Jeanette


I'm primarily a "business history guy," and not into fiction much. But I'm also an Anglophile, raised on Shakespeare, and this play is very revealing of much business/cultural history. Modern ears, I think, will likely deplore the injustices done to the Jewish merchant Shylock, which might not have been Shakespeare's (or his audience's) views at all. This was billed as a "comedy," right? As in, having a "happy" ending? But I love the way the pretzel logic leaves everyone, even the most virtuous, tinged with a bit of larceny and trickery. The hypocrisy of the supposedly virtuous Establishment gentiles was well on display here (perhaps unintentionally?). The performance I thought delightful all around. I can only wish audible would produce the earlier Christopher Marlowe play "The Jew of Malta," and maybe the nonfiction book "Shylock's Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe" by Derek J. Penslar. But meanwhile, Ferguson's "The Ascent of Money" is available, which sheds some limited light on the topic.
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- Phil O.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-21-2009
  • Publisher: Saland Publishing