A Midsummer Night's Dream: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition Audible Audiobook – Original recording
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Folger Shakespeare Library, The World’s Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies
The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings A Midsummer Night's Dream to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.
In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love in unexpected ways. In the woods outside Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves into couples - but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another. The king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, battle over custody of an orphan boy. Oberon uses magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named Bottom, in an effort to distract Titania from the custody battle. While all of this is going on, Bottom and his companions ineptly stage the tragedy of "Pyramus and Thisbe".
This new full-cast recording - based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare’s classic - expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 7 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 05, 2014|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,666 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5 in Shakespeare Plays
#18 in European Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#37 in British & Irish Dramas & Plays
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I thought the terrible cover art was simple a poor choice by the publisher...
Live and learn, and know to never by a Baker Street book again unless I find the need for kindling for the fireplace...
I would not even buy this for a child in kindergarten...absolute trash...garbage...worthless!
The only reason I gave this "one star" is because there is no option for no star or less...
Let the buyer beware...read descriptions carefully or you will buy crap such as this... What a disappointment!
I don’t love the Folger’s edition. It places the notes on every left-hand page and the text of the play on every right-hand page. I find this visually distracting, and I think other editions are more readable, though this one is affordable.
With the downside being to such a degree it would be thought that perhaps the book had no value, but this is not true. The book has a major upside for students who are new to Shakespeare and the language he uses for his plays. In this capacity it will help those who have not learned to appreciate or haven't adjusted to the older mode of expression an introduction to the joys of the world that Shakespeare brought to life in his plays. In this context the book is a valuable resource and one that can and will bring much joy to those who go to the effort to use it in the way it was meant to be used. It would be a very good companion to the books that were handed out in class for the reading of Midsummer Nights Dream.
Another bonus of this book over one that just translates the text into modern English is the fact that there are a number of explanations given to explain what the references/idioms mean in modern terms. Helping the reader to reason out the slang terms that Shakespeare used that would have been contemporary for his times, but have since lost their meaning. Also it includes a lot of information in regards to the background of the play as well as a full synopsis of the play. It also gives a run down of the characters and the major themes of the play both of which are quite important to the student who is assigned the play for a class.
So while the format is a distraction it doesn't keep the book from being quite useful.
By S. Martin on January 22, 2022
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 27, 2020
Especially impressive is the range of bibliography absorbed and offered here, and the elucidation of intertextual references, from Ovid and Apuleius via Chaucer and sixteenth century texts.
All of this series has a robust sewn binding and thick pages making it perfect for academic study.
Packed with information, a definitive text and hugely useful notes - this edition of the Dream is a 'must have' for anyone interested in the theater and this most magical of Shakespeare's plays.