The Sonnets

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Frank Muller
  • 1 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The 154 sonnets of William Shakespeare contain some of the best-known, most-quoted lines in the English language. This collection brings dozens of those immortal poems to vivid life. Included here are: Numbers 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"), 130 ("My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"), 147 ("My love is as a fever"), 151 ("Love is too young to know what conscience is"), and many more. Almost everything about the sonnets is controversial: the identity of the recipients, the young man and the Dark Lady, the dates the sonnets were written - and some even question if they were indeed written by the Bard. But their beauty and eloquence are beyond reproach.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Rich in melody and wordplay, Shakespeare's sonnets are, of all his work, the best-suited to audio production - while also the most demanding in vocal delivery and interpretation. Woven through the sonnets, though in no organized or consecutive manner, is the most amazing personal story, a love triangle that's funny, shocking and weird - baring, or seeming to, the author's most intimate secrets. Helpful for those who stumble over arcane or changed word meanings is this selection of 60 sonnets with "footnotes," read by Frank Muller.

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Excellent Recording, Lousy Transfer

I enjoyed this recording many times when I got it from my local library on cassette, so I was eager to get it on Audible. Unfortunately, the digital conversion of this title is very poor, with low gain levels and compression problems that cause much of the speech to sound slurred. I would encourage audible to get a better master from Recorded Books and re-record these classic masterpieces read by the late Frank Muller.
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- Tom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books