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    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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    • Jeremy R. Snyder
    • 18/02/2014

    A stellar performance by a stunning cast

    If you enjoy Shakespeare's comedies you should not miss out on this edition of The Tempest. Sir Ian McKellen as Prospero is everything you might hope for and more, which is no surprise from an actor of his caliber. The remainder of the cast excels similarly and the recording is produced seamlessly. This audio performance is a real treat.

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    • Justin
    • 10/11/2015

    Gandalf is great

    I've always had trouble following Shakespeare plays in text. It's difficult for me to identify the tone of the scene, and the story becomes hard to follow.

    Listening to these voice actors solves that problem. It's easy to follow the story when the lines are being delivered with the correct emotion.

    That being said, The Tempest is a bit romantic for me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
    Ian McKellen could literally read a dictionary to me and I would like it.

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    • Darwin8u
    • 21/12/2017

    Last of the "top-shelf" Shakespeare

    Me, poor man, my library
    Was dukedom large enough.
    - William Shakespeare, The Tempest

    The last of the "top-shelf" Shakespeare plays. Those written after are either only partially written by Shakespeare or phoned-in. This one is just a trip and is a director's dream. There is so much room for interpretation and ability to get funky. This year, as I started reading Shakespeare, I saw a high school perform the Tempest and loved it. It was a HS performance for sure, but it translates well to a whole variety of people and ages. For me, the Tempest is next to A Midsummer Night's Dream in tone and style. While I'm usually not a fan of music and Shakespeare, this is one of those plays with its supernatural qualities, where music seems not only appropriate, but essential.

    Favorite Lines:

    - Hell is empty and all the devils are here. (Act 1, Scene 2)

    - Good wombs have borne bad sons. (Act 1, Scene 2)

    - You taught me language, and my profit on't
    Is, I know how to curse (Act 1, Scene 2)

    - So. Lie there, my art. (Act 1, Scene 2)

    - Watch out he's winding the watch of his wit, by and by it will strike. (Act 2, Scene 1)

    - Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. (Act 2, Scene 2)

    - Let us not burthen our remembrance with
    A heaviness that's gone. (Act 5, Scene 1)

    - I'll break my staff, bury it certain fathoms in the earth, and deeper than did ever plummet sound, I'll drown my book! (Act 5, Scene 1).

    - This thing of darkness I Acknowledge mine. (Act 5, Scene 1)

    - O, brave new world
    that has such people in't! (Act 5, Scene 1)

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    • Corey
    • 12/06/2012

    Great Story, audio needs a little tweaking

    Would you listen to The Tempest again? Why?

    Absolutely! It's a fairly entertaining story.

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

    "I did not give the lie!"

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    No narrator. This is recorded as a stage play. You get a different actor for every part.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. Of course I was already familiar with the story.

    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to rewind every now and then to catch what was said when the actors whisper. Having a hard copy of the play would probably help. Of course, then you could just read it.

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    • David
    • 01/12/2013

    Good, not perfect

    This is a perfectly decent recording of The Tempest. Sir Ian is an excellent Prospero and the rest of the cast are competent, although the Caliban is a bit awkward, The sound quality is a little murky sometimes.

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    • Andre
    • 27/12/2016

    Shakespeare's Great Last Play

    What did you love best about The Tempest?

    The quality of the language and dialogue. I can listen to it over and over again and learn something new.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caliban was my favorite. He represented peoples of color who lost their lands from colonization. As a character, he was ahead of his time.

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

    Again Caliban. I can imagine myself as him. He is a lot smarter than he sounds and has a wicked sense of humor as well as a keen sense of anger, that he was dispossessed of his heritage and land.

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

    Yes, I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting. I opted to listen to it a second time.

    Any additional comments?

    i highly recommend this fine play.

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    • Dana
    • 10/09/2014

    Excellent audio edition

    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tempest to be better than the print version?

    I purchased this to "hear along" as I read the text. Although the performances really bring the characters to life, it may be hard to follow without the text in front of you.

    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated to buy this because other reviewers complained about storm noise, etc. That is really only an issue in the very first scene, and the speech is clear enough over the storm. (And, let's be honest: the play is "The Tempest"; the title incident deserves to be heard a bit, right?) The bulk of it is good, clear speech with music interspersed to indicate scene changes and/or the coming and going of spirits (especially Ariel).

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    • Ardneh
    • 26/04/2013

    Delightful Performance

    A wonderful performance of "The Tempest". I particularly enjoyed Ian McKellen and Emilia Fox as Prospero and Miranda.

    I believe this is a recording of an actual performance and that is the cause of my one complaint. There are very few or no clues to distinguish between Sebastian and Antonio. To my ear, their voices are close enough that it's a bit difficult sometimes to separate the two. (In the actual performance this wouldn't have been an issue.) Since I'm familiar with the play, it didn't bother me too much, but it did throw me a bit at first.

    I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in "The Tempest".

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    • El Bruno tal
    • 28/02/2021

    The way it is meant to be

    The Tempest is a play, and here it is so well executed by all actors that one doesn't even need to be watching the stage.
    I felt like if I was just reading the book I wouldn't have gotten half of the context, especially me not being a native speaker.
    Very enjoyable from the beginning, the play it's just ready and go, no deep background needed for the characters and I'd say, none needed. Each character takes form on their own. All in all, this is a great investment of your time.

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    • Cami Elias
    • 27/01/2021

    Great Book

    The book is so well written, all of the characters have so much depth to them, the performance was good, but the audio kept on cutting out