Shakespeare's most imaginative and merry play is set in an enchanted wood amidst fairies and sprites.
When Oberon, King of the Fairies, uses his magic upon four runaway lovers in a midsummer wood outside Athens, chaos ensues. Who really loves whom? Meanwhile, a band of well-meaning but bungling local actors have their rehearsal sabotaged by the mischievous Puck, who bewitches their leader, Bottom, and Titania, the Fairy Queen. The result is a lively and anarchic comedy which can only be resolved by an elaborate disentangling of spells.
Hermia is played by Amanda Root, Oberon by David Harewood, and Bottom by Roy Hudd.
Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 18-07-15


For a person like me who has problems visioning the printed word in my head, reading Shakespeare first, maybe trice and then listening makes a big difference. The language is so beautiful and comes out clearly in this recording, yet at times I was lost in the story. I am not sure I ever figured out the conclusion of what happened to the couples who were in love and then out of love, thinks to the incompetent fairies. This is a short story or stories and would be a good place for the novice to start. First, you should have one of the many copies of the complete works of Shakespeare, read the story, get to know it and then listen. I am going to go back and reread this story which I have not read in years. I did understand most of it and even laughed out loud a few times. The lyrical words themselves makes this worth listening to.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gil of the Amazon on 14-02-15

Shakespeare is rolling in his grave.

Would you try another book from William Shakespeare and/or the narrators?

I love Shakespeare, but these are the worst narrator I have EVER heard.

What did you like best about this story?

That it was a play by William Shakespeare.

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

The completely faux Jamaican accents of Oberon and his queen completely ruined the tale. They were almost offensive.

Was A Midsummer Night's Dream worth the listening time?

I cannot recommended this audio book. Offensive is putting it mildly.

Any additional comments?

In all the years that I have been a member of Audible, this is the very first time I can say a book was simply awful. Save your money save your time.

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