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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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  • turbopro
  • United States
  • 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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  • Sheri Chehovits
  • 2018-10-13

Best listening

Arkangel Shakespeare is the only one I prefer it matches the Oxford book the best. Great discovery will only and always go with listening to Arkangel. Thank you.

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  • Ryan
  • 2018-01-26

hard to tell characters apart

the voices are similar enough that King Lear and one or two others sound similar, and it became confusing. otherwise I liked it

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  • Vincent
  • 2016-03-05

A tale of pain and loss

The story is a drastic starter and tragic ending with so many plot twists and story entwining between so many kingdoms and kings with sisters fighting for royal right and conspiring brothers.

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  • Brenda
  • 2015-11-06

Incredibly Irritating

How could the performance have been better?

The actors in it all sound out of breath. There is somebody breathing heavily or smacking their lips with saliva every three seconds. It is so annoying. I don't know if it's for dramatic effect or the people who recored this do not know how to move away from the mic when they breathe.

Was King Lear worth the listening time?

This version was definitely NOT worth listening to.

Any additional comments?

Next time you record something move away from the mic when you breathe.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful