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Publisher's Summary

This shattering drama of isolation and loss is one of the greatest tragedies in world literature.

King Lear of Britain has three daughters: the hard-hearted Goneril and Regan, and the good and gentle Cordelia. He determines to divide his kingdom between them, giving the largest share to she who can say she loves him the best. Lear's tragic lack of judgment and self-knowledge is paralleled by the blindness of the loyal Gloucester who is persuaded to reject his virtuous son, Edgar, in favor of the villainous Edmund.

Lear is played by Trevor Peacock and Gloucester by Clive Merrison. Penny Downie is Goneril, Samantha Bond is Regan, and Julia Ford is Cordelia. Edgar is played by David Tennant, Edmund by Gerard Murphy, and the Fool by John Rogan.

Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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completely lost

If there had been any kind of narrative that would have explained the setting, who was speaking and what the heck was happening, rather than just hearing screams and crying and stuff, then maybe I could have followed what was happening. The old shakesperean English is hard enough to follow, but as there is a complete lack of any contextual narrative, I was utterly lost, wondering what is going on and who is talking throughout the entirety of the story.

I'll go watch the movie instead....

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Excellent

Brilliant performances, great pacing and wonderful sound design. Sadly, I haven’t read the play before but the narrative was easy to follow. Bravo to all involved.

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  • turbopro
  • 2016-08-10

tragedy par excellence

one of Shakespeare's finest. the cast did a great job. I almost shed a tear. do good while you can while you breathe.

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  • Theresa May
  • 2020-11-19

Great way to “read” Shakespeare!

It always takes me a little while to fall into the rhythm of Shakespeare’s plays. With the audio book, I can listen for 15 minutes or so then restart from the beginning to take full advantage of Shakespeare’s words. The actors did a wonderful job and the man who played the King sounds like he could do voice over work for an anthropomorphized bear! A fitting voice for Lear! The recording sounded like it skipped a little in a couple of places but it wasn’t very distracting really.

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  • Kevin Johnson
  • 2018-11-16

heartfelt rendition pulls no punches

A profound performance on every level. Peacock at his best with an unforgettable and uncredited turn by David Tenant.

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  • Yas
  • 2020-11-27

Inspirational

Shakespeare always gives you more than you bargained for. The sisters personify the contrasting elements in life, just as Lear symbolizes life itself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-25

Compelling performance

Fine dramatization, as good as BBC. I really appreciated the Lear voice. Some weird "blop-blop" music is arresting...

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  • Cson83
  • 2022-06-21

An Outstanding Production

Wonderful cast and production. I've never read it seen King Lear. This is a great way to experience the play. I recommend it!

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  • NomDeGuerre
  • 2022-03-26

Can’t read Shakespeare but love the performance

Reading Shakespeare pains me to no end. It’s like reading operas. But listening or watching the performance makes it so much relatable. In fact I am not sure Shakespeare is meant to be read.

Metaphor, metaphor…all that is Shakespeare.

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  • Vee
  • 2022-03-26

My first Shakespeare anything

This was my first time listening to anything Shakespeare. The interlude noises were annoying, but the acting was spectacular.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-01-09

Thoust heatherto kmowest not

While I have no doubt that this is a great Work of literature, it is not for me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-09-29

Superb acting by Trevor Peacock

Old words sounds so much better when acted out. I especially enjoyed the performance by Trevor Peacock. Very raw and emotional.