Shakespeare AudioBooks Download
Shakespeare AudioBooks Download: We offer specially
selected quality audiobooks with the works of William
Shakespeare (1564 to 1616 - also known as "The Bard")
was an English poet and playwright. He is widely regarded
as the greatest writer of the English language, and one of
the world's preeminent dramatist and playwright.
William Shakespeare wrote nearly 40 plays and 154 sonnets,
he also wrote many poems. See the list of his works:
Tragedies, Shakespeare Comedies.
Scholars to this day have not resolved all the misteries
about his plays, as they were only published after his death
and mistakes when transcribing his works seem to have happened
over the years.
Modern critics classify his plays as 'problem plays' or
'tragi-comedies', because they can not easily be categorized.
Some say that Shakespeare broke generic conventions on purpose.
Some of his later comedies are also classified as 'romances'.
In one point all critics agree, though: William Shakespeare is
an exceptional writer!
The selection of Shakeaspeare audio book downloads
offered below is a reflection of the different versions of his
plays and speeches. Different editors have chosen the version
they prefered, which makes it interesting and allows the
listener to explore the works of William Shakespeare.
The one line out of one of these famous speeches, that
probably most people know, is "To be or not to be..." out of
The audio files below are short (a few minutes each) and
represent some of the most impressive renditions of the key
parts in Shakespeare's plays, performed by actors who
themselves are legends and put all their talent and personality
into their performance.
'To be or not to be - that is the question!'
Richard Burton's rich and resonant voice delivers
Henry V's address to his army on the eve of Agincourt!
Alec Guinness's performance as King Lear stirs
the listener in this recording from the BBC Sound
From the BBC Sound Archives, one of Shakespeare's
most famous and memorable speeches, with Paul Scofield
and Peggy Ashcroft as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth,
bringing these ominous words vividly to life.
With Denis Quilley as Macbeth, this recording
from the BBC Sound Archives brings Shakespeare's
memorable words to life.
Ian Holm delivers King Richard IIIs soliloquy,
bringing Shakespeare's wonderful lines, full of
pyschological insight, vividly to life.
This impassioned speech is beautifully spoken by
Fay Compton in this BBC Sound archives recording.
In this recording from the BBC Sound Archives,
Hannah Gordon is Shakespeare's wise Portia.
William Shakespeare is one of the very few playwrights who
have succeded to write both tragedies and comedies. His plays
always had popular appeal but also contain complex
characterisations and a poetic grandeur. Shakespeare managed
also to give his plays philosophical depth, without making them
dull, heavy and boring.
Sian Phillips, Emma Fielding and Miriam Margolyes
star in Shakespeare's comedy of men behaving badly and
women doing it for themselves. BBC radio has a unique
heritage when it comes to Shakespeare.
Frances Barber and David Harewood star in
Shakespeare's towering tale of great love, political
intrigue and tragedy. BBC radio has a unique heritage
when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923,...
A quintessential Shakespearean comedy, complete
with a loquacious clown. (Harper Collins US)
Helena Bonham Carter stars as Rosalind with David
Morrissey as Orlando and Natasha Little as Celia in
Shakespeare's festive comedy. BBC radio has a unique
heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. (BBC Audiobooks)
Samuel West and Susannah York star in
Shakespeare's great tragedy of power and pride.
This is the first new, full-scale edition of
Cymbeline in 37 years. One of Shakespeare's final
works, Cymbeline uses virtuoso theatrical and poetic
means to dramatize a story of marriage imperiled...
Shakespeare's most famous sonnet, in which he
tries, and fails, to find an apt comparison in nature,
read by Bill Wallis..
Michael Sheen, Kenneth Cranham and Juliet
Stevenson star in the best-known and most powerful
tragedy of modern times. BBC radio has a unique
heritage when it comes to Shakespeare.
The first in Shakespeare's great series of four
Shakespeare's classic as dramatized by renowned
vocal actor David I. Davies. (One Voice Recordings)
Father and son Julian and Jamie Glover star as
King Henry and Prince Hal in Shakespeare's stirring
Father and son Julian and Jamie Glover star as
King Henry and his son, Hal, in this powerful
production, which also stars Timothy West and Prunella
Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's most
popular and polished works.
Shakespeare's bitter tragedy of loyalty, power
The story of a foolish and self-indulgent king
who learns the value of self-knowledge.
Kenneth Branagh heads an outstanding cast in
playing one of Shakespeare's strongest characters. The
eighth production in the widely admired series of
Shakespeare plays presented by Naxos AudioBooks...
Richard Eyre directs Ken Stott as Macbeth and
Phyllis Logan as Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's drama of
greed and destiny. (BBC audiobook)
By the time Shakespeare came to write Macbeth -
almost certainly in 1605/1606 - he had already
completed three of the great tragedies with which
modern audiences are so familiar: Hamlet (1601)(NAXOS)
"...All our yesterdays have lighted fools the way
to dusty death." - Macbeth Macbeth is among the most
powerful of Shakespeare's tragedies (Harper Collins US)
Shakespeare's dramatic and complex comedy.
A Midsummer Night's Dream must be one of the most
enduringly popular of Shakespeare's plays, and it is
not difficult to see why: the work blends several kinds
of comedy with a powerful atmosphere... (NAXOS)
"The course of true love never did run smooth" -
Lysander A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of
Shakespeare's best early works, an airy, romantic romp
in the woods among bumbling rustics... (Harper Collins
Sylvestra Le Touzel, Sam West and David Threlfall
star in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy. (BBC
David Tennant stars as Benedick with Samantha
Spiro as Beatrice in Shakespeare's merry comedy of wit,
words and romance.
A full-cast performance of one of the greatest
verbal sparring matches in all of literature.
The second in Shakespeare's greate sequence of
Samuel West stars as Richard II with Joss Ackland
as John of Gaunt in Shakespeare's lyrically tragic
history. BBC radio has a unique heritage when it comes
to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when...
Douglas Henshall, Sophie Dahl and Susannah York
star in Shakespeare's passionate story of doomed love.
BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to
Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly...
Shakespeare's play is filled with wit,
tenderness, dramatic variety and poetic beauty.
"Our revels now are ended... this rough magic I
here abjure..." In Shakespeare hinting at the end of
his own magnificent career in these and others lines
spoken by the great magician,...
Shakespeare's magical, other-wordly final play.
Ian McKellen, as Prospero, heads a strong cast in
Shakespeare's last great play. The wronged Duke raises
a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island
so that he can ensure justice...
Twelfth Night, nowadays one of Shakespeare's
best-loved and most-admired comedies, was not always so
regarded: Samuel Pepys saw the play three times in the
1660s and judged it 'silly'. Modem...
The Winter's Tale was one of the very last plays
Shakespeare wrote, a moving romance whose themes are
sin, forgiveness, death, rebirth, and the power of Time
and Nature to heal all wounds. Based on...
The Shakespeare Sonnets are a collection of 154 poems about
love, beauty, and mortality. They first appeared in 1609 in a
book entitled 'Shakespeare's Sonnets'.
All 154 of the Shakespeare's sonnets are
Every bit as dazzling as the best of his dramas
and comedies, Shakespeare's sonnets represent one of
the finest bodies of poetry ever penned. And because
they are love poems of an extraordinarily...
Everyone knows something of Shakespeare's
sonnets, even if only in memorable fragments like 'the
darling buds of May', or 'remembrance of things
past',or 'the marriage of true minds'. For centuries...
Plays of other Famous Playwrights
This audiobook provides an overview over some of the most
popular and famous plays that have been written over the period
of the centuries.
Here in one volume are seven great plays: Medea,
The Tempest, The Imaginary Invalid,Camille, An Enemy of
the People, Arms and the Man and Uncle Vanya; all under
the direction of veteran producer Yuri Rasovsky.
William Shakespeare Audiobook Download