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Much Ado about Nothing

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This sparkling comedy of manners revolves around the amorous adventures of two couples, gentle Claudio and Hero, who want to marry, and the warring Beatrice and Benedick, who think they don't. This witty romp is one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies.
Audio CD, 18 pages
Published November 30th 2005 by BBC Audiobooks America (first published 1598)
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Much Ado About Nothing, abridged.

CLAUDIO: So, um, Hero, I sorta maybe like you a whole lot will you go to the prom with me?

HERO: We should get married! Squeeeeeee!

BEATRICE: Pfft. Love is for stupid losers who are stupid.

BENEDICK: You know, you might get laid more often if you weren’t such a cynical bitch all the time.

BEATRICE: Fuck you.

BENEDICK: Get in line, sugartits.

*audience is beaten over the head by sexual tension*

DON PEDRO: Hey everybody, I had a great idea! Let’s make Beatrice and Bene
Bill  Kerwin

I don't think Much Ado ranks with Shakespeare's very best for three reasons: 1) the plot is weak, particularly the deception that moves things along during the first act (why does Don Pedro choose to woo by proxy en masque? What is to be gained by it except delay and confusion?), 2) Dogberry and Verges are second-rate clowns, and 3) Claudio, in his readiness to believe ill of Hero, is too unsympathetic a lover for a non-problem comedy. On the other hand, whenever Beatrice and Benedict are sparri
Jul 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's face it, there aren't too many of Shakespeare's females who kick ass. Yes, we all can name the four or five that don't quite suck (Kat, Portia, Viola, Emilia, etc) but good strong feminine characters were not, it seems, the bard's strong suit. So as you wade through the whiny, conniving, helpless throngs of man worshipping wenches that appear in nearly all Shakespeare plays, it can be tempting to just give up looking for redemption. But alas, it is this lack of strong feminine voice that m ...more
I am probably the last person in the whole history of the world to get it, but, just in case there's someone else left, it occurred to me yesterday that the title of this play had to be a rude pun. Five minutes on Google was enough to confirm my suspicions. From this page:
In Shakespeare's time "nothing" was a euphemism for a woman's naughty bits. This gave the title three different yet equally appropriate meanings, as the main conflict over the play revolves around the false implication of Hero
Bookdragon Sean
I saw an absolutely brilliant version of this play today at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. It was Mexican themed, full of dancing, gunshots, high racing emotions and many moments of farcical humour. All in all, it was a great production of an imperfect play.

If I’m ever critical of Shakespeare’s works it’s because I know how excellent Shakespeare can be. The Tempest is one of the best things ever written in the English language. Similarly, Richard II is pure poetry, beautiful and powerful, but i
3 of 5 stars to William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing. We read this play in my 9th or 10th grade English course as a comparison to his more popular plays such as Macbeth, Othello, Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet, as well as something different from his historical fiction plays about various kings and queens. It was an opportunity to see his brilliance in writing something different and basically... about nothing. Well not really nothing, but you get the drift.

It was a decent
In the 1906 preface to The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James described the book as ‘an ado about Isabel Archer’. That reference caught my attention, and since I'd never read Shakespeare’s 'Much Ado', and since I love to follow even the vaguest of book trails, I browsed my bookstore’s Shakespeare shelves as soon as I had an opportunity. Like most of you, I’d read some of the plays for study purposes but I’d never bought a Shakespeare play for pleasure. In my innocence, I presumed buying Shakespeare ...more
Henry Avila
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, in Spain, is coming to Messina, the capital of Sicily, for a little R&R, just having defeated his treacherous half- brother, in battle, (with few casualties, nobody important), Don John (the "Bastard"), they are now reconciled again ! His army needs it, Rest and Relaxation, the governor of that city is his good, longtime friend, Leonato. The time, is unstated, but Aragon, ruled that island, in the 15th century. Count Claudio, who gained glory in battle, in the Pr ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who thinks Shakespeare's comedies aren't funny
Movie review at bottom

This is the most enjoyable play I’ve yet read in my Shakespeare project. Aside from the Elizabethan words that required me to check the footnotes, it had a very modern feel to it. The complicated plot, the good and bad characters, the denouement, the happy ending all reminded me of light comedies that I’ve seen performed on the modern stage.

The play was probably written in 1598. In my Complete Works it has been placed in between Henry IV Part II and Henry V.

The Introduction

Not much a review as some disjointed impressions from one of my favourite Shakespeare's comedies. Much ado about nothing is a display of wit and humour, from squabbles and cutting retorts between Beatrice and Benedick to the unrepeatable, full of malapropisms and nonsenses, humor presented by the the chief of the citizen-police in Messina, Dogberry and his bumbling sidekicks.

In short: prince of Aragon, Don Pedro after defeating his half-brother Don John returns home, and surrounded by his court
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, reviewed, 2013
What happened was, I hadn’t been paying close attention to my Netflix queue, and when Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing was released, I quickly flicked it to the top of the queue (like I do all new releases) without remembering that I had wanted to save it for when I actually read the play. (I was also saving Kenneth Branagh’s for the same occasion.) Then the red envelope arrived and I couldn’t let it sit there forever and I’m certainly not going to waste a few days sending it back unwatched, ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is it: the last classic for my 2016 Classics Bingo challenge! And I achieved blackout! Yes!! *pats self on back* This one filled the "Pre-1600" slot on my Bingo card, but just barely: it was written in about 1598.

Much Ado about Nothing interweaves the story of two couples: The more interesting one is Benedick and Beatrice, who apparently have a romance in their past history.


But now they devote all of their energy in their interactions to insulting each other as wittily as possible, each try
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, the-bard
I’ve always found feistiness attractive. It’s probably the only consistent trait in the girls I’ve fallen for since high school. The clever retort, the unimpressed eye roll, the sarcastic aside: for better or worse, these are the things the pique my interest and prepare me for that unique form of suffering known as love. On my own, I’m hardly confident or witty enough to succeed in one-on-one situations with women who are shy or generally unforthcoming. I need someone to throw down the gauntlet ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-villains
The most important thing to know about this play is that "nothing" used to be slang for vaginas. No, I know, you're like "This sounds like one of those things that people say because it's funny but then you look it up and it's totally not true," right? But it is true. So. Rather A Pickle About Pussies is what we're talking about here.

The plot of this play, which is called A Bunch of Bother About Beavers, or Very Vexed About Vajayjays, is, oh god, who cares, everyone is confused and then they get
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,-
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.”

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare may easily be his most witty work for dialogue.

“He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. He that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.”

The exchanges between Beatrice and Benedick are ageless. Like many of Shakespeare’s work, this play
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: fans of Beatrice/Benedick
Edit 5/6/12 The perfect song to accompany a reading of this play would be Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons. There are several lyrics ripped straight from the text, not to mention similar themes. And it makes me oh so happy. :)

There are spoilers here, but this is Shakespeare. No way am I putting up spoiler tags.

According to the note in my copy, in Shakespeare's day the word "nothing" was pronounced "noting"-- so, "Much Ado About Noting", noting being synonymous with eavesdropping. That pretty m
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clasicos, funny
Primer libro de Shakespeare que leo en inglés.
Y wow es otro mundo, absurdamente genial o genialmente absurdo.

Una historia divertidísima, simple y muy entretenida.

Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a review. It is, instead, a call to all those people (who will probably never read these words because they aren't on goodreads) to teach Shakespeare young and often to the kids they love.

Don't wait for high school teachers to bungle the job. Don't let your kids stress out. Never tell your kids how tough Shakespeare is "supposed" to be. Don't share your own fears of the Bard's writing.

Do buy your family every filmed version or adaptation of Shakespeare's plays. Do, then, buy a book c
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day I may find the time and the energy to prepare some well thought out, elegantly composed, insightful and informative reviews of Shakespeare’s greatest plays – affording them with at least a modicum of the respect that they justly deserve. In the meantime – I am offering a few very quickly thought through ideas on what are undoubtedly the greatest (English language) literary works for the stage ever written.

The majority of Shakespeare’s 37 or 38 plays (depending on who you ask) are imbued
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

I ended up reading this book I my Honors English class. Since I absolutely love Shakespeare and I haven't read or watched any of his comedies I was very excited going into Much Ado About Nothing. The characters were hilarious and I absolutely loved every second of reading and watching the actors, I watched a version with David Tennant as Benedick (he was amazing), portray them. If you are new to Shakespeare I would highly recommend this play to be your first. The language isn't ov
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, shakespeare
“I will live in thy heart, die in thy lap, and be buried in thy

― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 5, Scene 2


1. (indefinite) no thing; not anything, as of an implied or specified class of things: I can give you nothing
2. no part or share: to have nothing to do with this crime
3. a matter of no importance or significance: it doesn't matter, it's nothing
4. Elizabethan slang for "vagina", evidently derived from the pun of a woman having "nothing" between her
Jason Koivu
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a whole lotta rigmarole about diddly-squat...
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, lett-inglese
Quando Shakespeare gioca

Sotto un sole abbagliante Shakespeare mette in scena un tourbillon di passioni, intrighi, giochi, errori. Dialoghi brillanti, vivaci, arguti. Commedia sui malintesi dell’amore e perfetto spaccato dell’animo umano.

Molti amano le tragedie di Shakespeare, anch’io, ma poi mi rendo conto che, in fondo in fondo, preferisco le commedie.

“Il silenzio è l'araldo più perfetto della gioia: sarei ben poco felice se fossi capace d
Joe Valdez
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bachelors, bachelorettes, jesters
Shelves: plays
My game plan for revisiting Shakespeare was to stream video of a staging of the play, listening and watching while reading along to as much of the original text as was incorporated by the staging. Later, I read the entire play in the modern English version.

The staging I chose for Much Ado About Nothing was the 2013 film adapted and directed by Joss Whedon. Whedon brought a low key touch, preserving Shakespeare's text while inexplicably staging the action in present day Santa Monica, California,
jillian n.
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, humour, plays
Even if by some highly unlikely chance you don't happen to like this piece of glorious brilliance, you can at the very least thank the heavens and good old Will Shakespeare for the existence of this gif:

And also this one.

But that's just barely scratching the surface. I don't have any gifs on hand right now to adequately describe the pure sublimity of 1000 perfectly executed puns of varying degrees of ambiguity.

Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tiyatro okurları, Shakespeare okurları, genel okur
Bu edisyon için konuşuyorum, çeviriyi beğendim. Özellikle söz oyunları Türkçe'ye güzel ve kafiyeli uyarlanmış. Kelime dağarcığı zengin ve bununla birlikte akıcı ve duru.
Alp Turgut
Tipik Shakespeare tesadüflerinin ve yanlış anlaşılmalarının hakim olduğu "Much Ado About Nothing / Kuru Gürültü", insana dair mükemmel bir romantik komedya. Karmaşık yapısı ve zekice hazırlanmış olay örgüsüyle William Shakespeare'in okunması gereken eserlerinden biri olan oyundaki karakterler de bir o kadar zengin. Birbirinden farklı iki farklı çift olan Claudio-Hero ve Benedick-Beatrice ile evlilik ve sadakat temalarını oldukça komik bir şekilde ele alan romanın cinsiyetçi yaklaşımı ise oyunun ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Σαίξπηρ ναι αλλά ομολογώ ότι δεν μ άρεσε. Πολύ κακό για τίποτα όπως ακριβώς λέει και ο τίτλος. Ειδικά εάν έχεις διαβάσει τα άλλα αριστουργήματα του, Άμλετ, Ριχάρδος, ο Εμπορος της Βενετίας κλπ, αυτό μοιάζει πολύ λίγο. ...more
Veronica Bejarano
Leí el libro, vi la película y morí de la risa, me angustié, me puse ansiosa, estuve llena de emociones y eso fue debido a la pluma inteligente y versátil de William Shakespeare. Fue y siempre será una de mis lecturas predilectas, esa que te permite pensar que la vida también puede ser dulce e inevitablemente malvada con situaciones que te dejan perplejo y con un final de ensueño. Como adoro esta obra que es para recordar por muchos años y años y años...
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is an unfunny comedy. A notable exception is the misuse of words by Dogberry and Verges. I wouldn't even have caught that if not for the explanatory notes on the facing pages. I know I missed it when I saw the stage performance. There are a few humorous moments at the start between Beatrice and Benedick as they trade insults. Other than that, the play is more of a twisted romance. It has many of the same elements as other Shakespeare comedies, but it lacks the playfulness and absurdity of a ...more
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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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“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,-
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.”
“I can see he's not in your good books,' said the messenger.
'No, and if he were I would burn my library.”
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