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AN AMERICAN FAMILY SHAKESPEARE ENTERTAINMENT, VOL. 1

by | Read by Robert Forester, Scott Brick, John Rubenstein, and a Full Cast

Poetry & Drama • 7 hrs. • Anthology • © 2009

Whenever a publisher adds yet another Shakespeare recording to the already enormous catalog, it's worth asking whether it offers anything fresh. This audiobook, the first of two volumes, does not. It starts with Charles and Mary Lamb's early-nineteenth-century text and adds a number of American actors who largely sound awkward reading Shakespeare. Robert Forester's western New York accent, for example, just doesn't suit THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, and most of the other tales are just as grating, even in the hands of narrators who are first-rate in other contexts, such as Scott Brick. John Rubenstein's dynamic reading of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is one of the few bright spots in this otherwise-forgettable collection. D.B. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2009]

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Formats

Library Ed. • Blackstone Audio • 2009

CS ISBN 9781433287589 $44.95 • Five cassettes

CD ISBN 9781433287596 $60.00 • Six CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781433287626 $29.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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