King Lear

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Kenneth Branagh
  • 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The tragedy of King Lear receives an outstanding performance in an all-star cast led by Britain’s senior classical actor, Paul Scofield. He is joined by Alec McCowen as Gloucester, Kenneth Branagh as The Fool, Harriet Walter as Gonerill, Sara Kestelman as Regan and Emilia Fox as Cordelia. This is the 9th recording of Shakespeare plays undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press, and is directed by John Tydeman. It was released to mark the 80th birthday of Paul Scofield in January 2002.
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Best over the top acting ever.

What made the experience of listening to King Lear the most enjoyable?

The awesome over the top performance of the titular king.

What was one of the most memorable moments of King Lear?

The first scene with King Lear and his daughters sticks in the mind.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

King Lear

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is the excellent foppery of the world that when we are sick in fortune—often the surfeit of our own behavior—we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars, as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence, and all that we are evil in by a divine thrusting-on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star!

Any additional comments?

Don't be layin' no goats on stars.

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- Je suis Charlie

Not unabridged

This is not actually an Unabridged recording. There are many scenes where lines are skipped, including large swathes of Act 3 Scene 6 and Act 4 Scene 2, and the entirity of Act 4 Scene 3.
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- Liz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-08-2011
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks