Ophelia

  • by Lisa Klein
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this re-imagining of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queens most trusted lady-in-waiting. She catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, and their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and ultimately, Ophelia must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever with one very dangerous secret: she is pregnant with Hamlets child. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.

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My all-time favorite book.

I love this book, and I am so happy to have found it on audible! The narrator was a perfect fit, and told the story beautifully.
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nice idea, poorly executed

I had high hopes for this Shakespeare/Hamlet "pastiche", but things fell apart rather quickly and went exactly where I was afraid they were going. Aside from the cliche ending, I will say only one thing, and this pertains to many current writers: why, if you are ostensibly writing some new interpretation or revisionist story, or for that matter any of the plethora of current novelists, why are you using a totally unnecessary prologue, to give away the key "surprises" that lie behind your vision of the story???? If I'm in a theater, watching a movie, do I want the person behind me to tell me the key plot twists before the movie even begins?? This trend baffles me. I think it points out the woefully inadequate editorship going on now, as I would have demanded the prologue be cut completely, and I would have suggested many other points to alter. Describing the basic plot points to a friend, he simply replied, "Oh, that is bad". This is to be a movie next year, but there is much that needs fixing, and whatever interest I had being a Shakespeare fan, is greatly diminished to the point I doubt that I will see it.
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- Darryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios