Henry V

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Samuel West, Timothy West, full cast
  • 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

Henry V, which dates from 1599, is the last in Shakespeare's series of plays based on English history. It is also, of course, among the Bard's best-known and most-performed works. It's given rich new life here by a full-cast presentation that combines classic literature with classical music.
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A good cast- the West family out in force (as usual for audio Shakespeare) Timothy West as Narrator and Samuel West as Henry V- which he does very nicely- the scene at Portsmouth; the discovery of the conspiracy, I thought he did very well indeed.

That apart I thought it all rather a lack-lustre production- flat and uninteresting- too much medieval chanting- particually as a substitute for battle noises- which seems to me idiotic as surely the whole joy of audio is that you can produce massive effects with really no budget at all.

The comedy elements also fell down rather- one got the impression that the actors didn't understand the words or get the jokes.- but very poiniant death of Falstaff.

Criticisms aside, this is the only Henry V available, and it is unabridged and, frankly, it's not the greatest play Shakespeare ever wrote and I'm not sure that anyone could make the play a real audio success
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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2001
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks