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I come from a computer science background. I have only recently begun to take an interest in literature. The historical context, definitions, and introductions are amazing. The commentary during dialog is extremely helpful in comprehension. Often times we glaze over certain dialog and don't really appreciate what was said. The commentary seems to anticipate these moments and brings us back into an analytical focus. After finishing the audio book I was very confident in my knowledge f the piece and could hold my own in a discussion with any literature student!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Wonderful idea to give listeners the ability to choose between versions with or without commentaries.
When I started listening to the version with commentaries, I was concerned that the commentaries might over explain the scenes and prevent me from appreciating the play from my own perspective. However, I listened on and was delighted to find that my worries were unfounded. The commentaries were copious and insightful enough to ensure effortless understanding of the context and language of the dialogue, but they did not preempt independent appreciation of the play overall.
In sum, I enjoyed this audiobook and gladly recommend it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This is a fabulous book very well rendered. There is two versions one with the straight text the other with added historical information. This added a good bit to the overall enjoyment but you don't have to listen if you don't want to. I for one really enjoyed the extra's. recommended I really enjoyed being transported back to Shakespeare's time.
A really good detailed scene by scene commentary which makes the play easy to follow and explains the language, plot and characters. Invaluable for study or anyone with keen interest in Shakespeare.