The Tempest

  • by William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, Ben Owukwe
  • 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban, this new production, directed by John Tydeman, balances the magic and the earthiness, with music playing a key role.
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Tempestuous Performance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Ian McKellen gives an excellent performance as Prospero and the recording really brings the play to life.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tempest?

Ariel's music and also the way in which characters were brought to life through their own mannerisms and personalities.


What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Prospero is the central character and gives an unforgettable performance.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I easily could have.


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- Mr

Hard to listen to.

The Tempest is hard to follow at the best of times but there are a few things in this production that really don't help. The first is Ian McKellen. Much of this performance of Prospero is practically whispered by the great actor. It is simply hard to hear his lines a lot of the time, unless you are listening to this in headphones - I was listening in the car and even with the volume right up he was incomprehensible at times. The second problem is the music; the musical settings of the songs are awful and obfuscate the text; they are like a lead weight around the ankles of these lyrics and utterly, utterly tuneless. It is hard to believe they were deemed acceptable.
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- ColonelJames

Book Details

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