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From Shakespeare with Love: The Best of the Sonnets

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Shakespeare's Sonnets, one of the most remarkable collections of poetry, was first published in 1609, 400 years ago by Mr Thomas Thorpe. Naxos AudioBooks marks the occasion with a selection of 80 of the finest, read by leading actors. The selection includes famous ones such as 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day' as well as lesser well-known sonnets though of equally f ...more
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Published April 1st 2009 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published April 15th 9)
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Dec 12, 2011 Phoebe rated it really liked it
Shelves: english, poems, audiobook
I had my William Shakespeare's Collected Works (the one from the Royal Shakespeare Company) ready to read along. It was really helping to look at the footnote of each sonnet, because several word meanings would have been completely lost to me otherwise. It was very educating and helped tremendously with understanding the sonnet(s).

Hearing the sonnets read out loud made them much more accessible than only reading them silently for yourself. I can really advise anybody who is interested in Shakesp
Nov 05, 2015 Trish rated it it was amazing
It is so much better to hear these read out loud than to read them yourself.
Jun 09, 2015 Rochelle rated it it was amazing
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Poetry is one form of literature that is never so beautiful on the printed page as it is when spoken. It is written for the ear, not the eye and Shakespeare's sonnets are no exception.

A perfect cast for a beautiful collection. Each of the voice actors in this performance do a splendid job - each piece is perfect. I do have a great weakness for the delightful accent of David Tennant, and Juliet Stevenson is another of my favourite audio performers. In all, it makes for an "eargasmic" listening ex
Oct 28, 2009 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Mm, a great thing to have playing at work--the flow of it makes a nice background music, and then when you can listen more carefully it's, you know, Shakespeare.

Could have used even more David Tennant, though. :)


...well, currently listening to.

Dang, I'd forgotten how many of Shakespeare's sonnets were all about "HEY, HAVE KIDS ALREADY. HEY. HEY YOU. KIDS. ALREADY." hee.
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Feb 11, 2016 Stefanie Kellum rated it liked it
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David Tennant reading Shakespeare's love sonnets? Yes please! ;)
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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