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King Lear

Di: William Shakespeare
Letto da: Trevor Peacock,Clive Merrison,full cast
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Sintesi dell'editore

This shattering drama of isolation and loss is one of the greatest tragedies in world literature.

King Lear of Britain has three daughters: the hard-hearted Goneril and Regan, and the good and gentle Cordelia. He determines to divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest share to she who can say she loves him the best. Lear's tragic lack of judgment and self-knowledge is paralleled by the blindness of the loyal Gloucester who is persuaded to reject his virtuous son, Edgar, in favor of the villainous Edmund.

Lear is played by Trevor Peacock and Gloucester by Clive Merrison. Penny Downie is Goneril, Samantha Bond is Regan, and Julia Ford is Cordelia. Edgar is played by David Tennant, Edmund by Gerard Murphy, and the Fool by John Rogan.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Generale
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Immagine del profilo di turbopro
  • turbopro
  • 10/08/2016

tragedy par excellence

one of Shakespeare's finest. the cast did a great job. I almost shed a tear. do good while you can while you breathe.

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  • Theresa May
  • 19/11/2020

Great way to “read” Shakespeare!

It always takes me a little while to fall into the rhythm of Shakespeare’s plays. With the audio book, I can listen for 15 minutes or so then restart from the beginning to take full advantage of Shakespeare’s words. The actors did a wonderful job and the man who played the King sounds like he could do voice over work for an anthropomorphized bear! A fitting voice for Lear! The recording sounded like it skipped a little in a couple of places but it wasn’t very distracting really.

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Immagine del profilo di Kevin Johnson
  • Kevin Johnson
  • 16/11/2018

heartfelt rendition pulls no punches

A profound performance on every level. Peacock at his best with an unforgettable and uncredited turn by David Tenant.

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Immagine del profilo di Brenda
  • Brenda
  • 06/11/2015

Incredibly Irritating

How could the performance have been better?

The actors in it all sound out of breath. There is somebody breathing heavily or smacking their lips with saliva every three seconds. It is so annoying. I don't know if it's for dramatic effect or the people who recored this do not know how to move away from the mic when they breathe.

Was King Lear worth the listening time?

This version was definitely NOT worth listening to.

Any additional comments?

Next time you record something move away from the mic when you breathe.

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Immagine del profilo di Robert Taylor
  • Robert Taylor
  • 30/05/2021

Shakespeare’s Masterpiece

Many would say Hamlet, but I believe Lear to be Shakespeare’s greatest achievement.

King Lear done well is one of the most, if not the most, powerful pieces of drama ever written.

This is King Lear done very, very well.

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Immagine del profilo di Ronnie
  • Ronnie
  • 01/04/2021

entertaining

this was a play for anyone who was wondering what it was. but in Shakespearean fashion it was actually really well put together. personally I was not prepared to listen to a play but I was thoroughly entertained throughout. the Mad King and the conspiracy that was set up against him was very interesting to hear. The actress did a phenomenal job train the different characters. I'm actually interested in looking up this play in person one day so I could actually make the image come more to life

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Immagine del profilo di Yas
  • Yas
  • 27/11/2020

Inspirational

Shakespeare always gives you more than you bargained for. The sisters personify the contrasting elements in life, just as Lear symbolizes life itself.

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Immagine del profilo di Utente anonimo
  • Utente anonimo
  • 25/11/2019

Compelling performance

Fine dramatization, as good as BBC. I really appreciated the Lear voice. Some weird "blop-blop" music is arresting...

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  • Dana
  • 27/01/2023

Didn’t care for this format

I found myself to be lost the majority of the time while listening to this, due to not being able to tell the difference between the voices of the actors. I was never really certain which characters were speaking. Also, there’s no real description given of the scenes as they move to different areas throughout the story, so it’s hard to visualize what exactly is going on throughout the story.

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Immagine del profilo di just asking for some common sense
  • just asking for some common sense
  • 23/01/2023

What a depressing play with no likeable characters

I'd never met a Shakespearean play that I didn't like - until now. This is the most depressing drivel with no redeeming qualities. I think there was a daughter that I was supposed to like, but I didn't even care about her. Shakespeare was a genius, but even a genius can have a miss once in a while.

The actors were good, and maybe I would say excellent if the story were good. It isn't. I was so glad to be done with this. I even took out the ebook from the library trying to connect with it. It didn't help. There's another problem with this play - there are so many scene changes and each chapter should be titled by scene or the scene should be announced. I rarely have had this problem listening to a play, but this isn't good.

I was so happy to be done with this.

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  • Kniphofia
  • 05/03/2016

Heartbreaking

If you could sum up King Lear in three words, what would they be?

Humanity, godless, tragic

Who was your favorite character and why?

Edgar is one of the most difficult parts in the play, but David Tennant was very good.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The whole cast was good.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Bawled my eyes out at the end.

Any additional comments?

The play translated surprisingly easy to audio. I've seen it many times in the theatre.

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  • D. Oneill
  • 01/06/2018

Excellent

Thoroughly convincing adaptation of Shakespeare's exploration of senile decline and corrupting power. The blinding of Gloucester was as shocking in sound as it is on stage. Distinct voices permit tracking of characters even for those who, unlike Shakespeare's devotees, might not be familiar with the play.

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  • J. E.
  • 05/07/2017

Excellent

Very pleased with the rendition. All the characters well-articulated and dramatized, no difficulty following (and appreciating!) the whole.

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Immagine del profilo di Derek
  • Derek
  • 23/12/2022

A Tragic Tale 😭😢😩💔

A wonderful story but very tragic a tale of deceit and betrayal it shows that wealth and power will turn you own family to plot against you and the Black Sheep who is mostly gentle and kind is the only one who speaks the truth thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  • E. Alexandra
  • 29/07/2022

IT HAS DAVID TENNANT IN IT

Why is that not on the cast list? He's absolutely brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed this but the parts with Tennant lit up my ears. Some of the storm sounds were a bit... well, Dirk Maags would have done it differently. Otherwise excellent.

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  • Kez
  • 08/03/2022

Excellent performance

This is an excellent performance, the cast are all brilliant.
It is a harrowing and tragic story. It portrays a bleak world where justice, social order and kingship, all of which are strong values to Lear at the beginning of the play become undermined by the end. It offers no redemption or purpose and characters die without reason. It is a story of betrayal and eventually chaos and madness.

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Immagine del profilo di Shades of Blue Q
  • Shades of Blue Q
  • 22/12/2021

The Best

Simply the best production and cast I've heard ever of a King Lear play. Lear not my most favourite of plays but I did enjoy this production and cast. Thoroughly recommend this version.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02/04/2021

Excellent, entertaining, engaging

I am studying King Lear and found it extremely useful to read the play along with listening to this audiobook. The excellent performances from the narrators helps to bring the characters to life. The dramatised aspects, such as being able to hear characters entering by horse, or the sound of swords clashing makes the story engaging, as if you were actually there watching the play. Very entertaining, and even humorous at times, despite being a tragedy.