The Sonnets

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Alex Jennings
  • 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 these wonderfully crafted, intense lyrics have stood for something valued about youth, love, and the emotional complexities belonging to that time of life. This new recording presents all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets, using the New Cambridge Shakespeare texts.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Audible Editor Reviews

William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets on subjects ranging from love and beauty to time and mortality, and this audiobook presents them all, narrated with empathy and brio by Royal Shakespeare Company actor Alex Jennings. Groundbreaking and unusual at the time they were published, Shakespeare's sonnets are still thought-provoking today, with many lines that are oft-referenced in modern literature and popular culture, from "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day" in Sonnet 18, to "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun" in Sonnet 130. With their rolling cadence and dramatic subjects, these poems are at their best when performed live, as this compelling recording more than proves.

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What the Critics Say

"Jennings would get the Oscar for this extraordinary reading of my all time favourite collection. Intelligent, passionate, restrained, it's all of these and more. A 5-Star performance."(The Guardian)

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Customer Reviews

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20 May 1609 - 2009

Alex Jennings is the best of the few in his generation who can do this very particular performance superbly (Brian Shelley, possibly, is my equal favourite)

We should all be listening to them from this week onwards - it was 20 May 1609 that WS took em in to be published !

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-10-2000
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks