Summary

Is Shakespeare hinting at the end of his own magnificent career in these and others lines spoken by the great magician, Prospero? The Tempest was the last of Shakespeare's comedies, completed just before he retired to his native Stratford-upon-Avon; perhaps this delightful comedy was intended to signal the playwright's farewell to his beloved theater. The Tempest reflects Shakespeare's mature genius, with its story of innocence tempered by intrigue, hilarity bounded by melancholy. Audiences the world over still thrill to see The Tempest's dark comedy and magical fantasy. Sir Michael Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave helped to build one of England's foremost theatrical families, a tradition that Ms. Redgrave continues today. And Hugh Griffith is one of the nation's greatest character actors. Together, they bring The Tempest majestically to life.
©1964, 1996 HarperCollinsPublishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 28-06-04

Excellent performance.

I will qualify my review with the following: This was the first audio book I have completed, and I have not seen "The Tempest" as a production.
I enjoyed this audio book. It helped me to understand the characters and setting better than simply reading the play from a written book. It could be helpful to have Act and Scene information announced as the book progresses. The sound effects (sea waves, music for Ariel) served to promote understanding of the play's content.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jocelyn on 02-10-06

Excellent Resource!

This recording is an excellent resource if you are looking for a more exciting and comprehensive telling of Shakespeare's play than your own voice in a variety or variations.

I had to read The Tempest for my first year English class this term and it helped me read it fast and with coherence. It reminded me so much of listening to the recordings in high school and helped a lot! Try it out! It's a great play.

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