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Shakespeare - Two Gentlemen of Verona Audiobook

Shakespeare - Two Gentlemen of Verona

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Valentine prepares to leave Verona for Milan. He is exasperated by his friend Proteus who remains “dully sluggardized at home,” unwilling to leave his beloved Julia. Proteus has charged Speed, Valentine’s servant, with delivering a letter to Julia, but has received no reply. Scene 2. Julia’s waiting-woman, Lucetta, favours Proteus among her mistress’s suitors. Although Julia claims to have no interest in Proteus, once alone, she reveals that she is far from indifferent to him. Scene 3. Concerned at Proteus’s lack of experience of the world, his father Antonio orders him to leave for the Emperor's court at Milan the following day. ACT II Scene 1. Much to Speed’s disgust, Valentine is passionately in love with Silvia, the Duke of Milan’s daughter. She has asked Valentine to write some verses for one she loves, but when she tells him that they are meant for him, he does not believe her. Scene 2. Proteus is leaving for the Emperor’s court; he and Julia exchange rings as a token of fidelity. Scene 3. Launce, Proteus’s servant, is unhappy about leaving Verona. Panthino urges him to hurry aboard his master’s boat. 

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Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing Audiobook

Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Leonato, Governor of Messina, welcomes Don Pedro, Prince of Arragon, as he returns from a successful campaign. With Don Pedro is his bastard brother, the taciturn Don John; the brothers have been at enmity but are now apparently reconciled. Also with Don Pedro are Claudio, a young Florentine, and Benedick, a Paduan lord. Benedick knows Leonato's niece Beatrice of old: they share an aversion to marriage and enjoy witty banter at each other’s expense. Claudio confides in Benedick and Don Pedro that he has fallen in love with Leonato’s daughter Hero, and Don Pedro promises to woo her on his behalf. Scene 2. Leonato learns that Claudio and Don Pedro have been overheard discussing Hero. Scene 3. Don John is embittered by his enforced subservience to his brother and is interested to learn from his man Borachio of Don Pedro’s plan to woo Hero: “This may prove food to my displeasure.” 

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Shakespeare - Timon of Athens Audiobook

Shakespeare - Timon of Athens

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Timon is a noble Athenian, renowned for his generosity. Amongst others, a poet, a painter, a merchant and a jeweller have come to his house, seeking patronage. Examples of Timon’s kindness abound: upon learning that Ventidius has been imprisoned for a debt of five talents, he does not hesitate to pay off the sum. He also provides his servant Lucilius with the money he needs to win the hand of a wealthy girl. When the gruff Apemantus arrives, however, he pours scorn on the flatterers surrounding Timon. Scene 2. Timon gives a great banquet in his house. Ventidius comes intending to repay his debt, but Timon refuses to accept any money. As Timon exchanges pleasantries with his guests, they are entertained with a masque. Meanwhile, Apemantus continues his cynical commentary on the proceedings. Flavius, Timon’s steward, worries privately that his master’s fortune is almost exhausted. ACT II Scene 1. A Senator sends his servant to call in money owed to him by Timon. Scene 2. When Timon’s creditors begin to press for payment he is at last forced to listen to Flavius who tells him that all his property has been lost. Not unduly perturbed, Timon sends to his friends for help. 

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Shakespeare - Henry IV Part 1 Audiobook

Shakespeare - Henry IV Part 1

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT I Scene 1. King Henry’s plans to lead a crusade to the Holy Land are frustrated when he hears that an English army under Edmund Mortimer has been defeated by the Welsh chieftain Owen Glendower. Henry reveals that Harry Percy, known as Hotspur, has defeated the Scottish Earl of Douglas in battle. Thinking of his son, unruly Hal, the King envies the valiant Hotspur’s father, the Lord Northumberland. The King’s council is to convene on the following Wednesday when Hotspur will be made to account for his giving the king only one of his hostages. Scene 2. Ned Poins tries to persuade Prince Hal and his friend, the debauched knight Sir John Falstaff, to take part in a robbery at Gadshill. The Prince refuses but is finally persuaded by Poins who has a secret scheme to expose Falstaff for the coward he is. Once alone, Hal muses on his unprincely behavior, comparing himself to the sun, who allows himself to be covered by the clouds, only to appear more brilliant when he emerges from the “ugly mists.”

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Shakespeare - Richard II Audiobook

Shakespeare - Richard II

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT 1 Scene 1. At Windsor Castle, King Richard listens as his cousin Henry Bolingbroke accuses Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, of embezzling royal funds and of plotting the recent death of the Duke of Gloucester. Mowbray insists that he is innocent. The King commands them to make peace but they refuse to be reconciled and he orders a trial by combat. Scene 2. The Duchess of Gloucester begs her brother-in-law, John of Gaunt, to revenge her husband’s death. Gaunt says he cannot because Gloucester was killed on the King’s orders. Scene 3. At Coventry, Bolingbroke and Mowbray prepare to settle their dispute. Richard, however, stops the proceedings and banishes them both: Bolingbroke for six years and Mowbray for life. Gaunt bids his son a sad farewell. Scene 4. Richard notes the people’s affection for Bolingbroke. The King is planning to leave for Ireland to quash a rebellion, when he is called to the bedside of the dying John of Gaunt. 

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Shakespeare - Winters Tale Audiobook

Shakespeare - Winters Tale

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Archidamus, a Bohemian lord, is warmly appreciative of the hospitality given to his King, Polixenes, by King Leontes of Sicilia. He and Camillo, a Sicilian lord, discuss the love between their kings, which goes back to boyhood. Scene 2. Leontes presses Polixenes to stay longer, but his friend is set on leaving. When Leontes’ wife Hermione, who is pregnant, succeeds in persuading Polixenes to stay a little longer, her friendly attentions to their visitor fill Leontes with violent jealousy. He reveals his suspicion that Polixenes is the father of the child Hermione is expecting to Camillo, who is astonished and does not believe the Queen to be guilty. Camillo pretends to agree to poison Polixenes, but immediately afterwards he reveals the plot to Polixenes and they make a rapid departure from Sicilia. 

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Shakespeare - Troilus and Cressida Audiobook

Shakespeare - Troilus and Cressida

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Seven years have passed since the princes of Greece first began their siege of Troy, to avenge the abduction of Menelaus’ wife Helen by Paris, son of Priam, King of Troy. Troilus, another Trojan prince, has no appetite for war, being in love with Cressida, whose father Calchas has defected to the Greeks. Her uncle Pandarus is acting as the lovers’ go-between. Scene 2. As Cressida watches the Trojan warriors returning from the battlefield Pandarus sings Troilus’s praises. Cressida pretends lighthearted indifference but once she is alone she reveals her love for him. Scene 3. Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks, is dissatisfied with the slow progress of the war. Ulysses believes that “Troy in our weakness stands, not in her strength.” He places the blame with Achilles, who, inflated with his own heroic reputation, lounges in his tent with the scurrilous Thersites, ridiculing his fellow Greeks. Aeneas, a Trojan warrior, brings a challenge from Hector, son of Priam, to any Greek “that holds his honor higher than his ease.” Ulysses understands that the challenge is meant for Achilles, but suggests to Nestor that they deflate the insolent warrior’s pride by sending the “blockish Ajax” instead. 

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Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra Audiobook

Shakespeare - Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Mark Antony, together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus, is one of the three triumvirs who rule the Roman Empire. But Antony is slavishly in love with Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, and shows no interest in affairs of state. Scene 2. Members of Cleopatra’s entourage amuse themselves consulting a soothsayer. Antony learns that his wife Fulvia, who has been in rebellion against Caesar, is dead. Forces opposed to the Triumvirs are having considerable success and he finally realizes that he must leave Egypt. Scene 3. Antony tells Cleopatra that he intends to return to Rome. Scene 4. Caesar is angered by Antony’s behavior and will not be mollified by Lepidus. News floods in of their enemies’ growing strength. Scene 5. Cleopatra languishes in Antony’s absence. ACT II Scene 1. Pompey, the Triumvirs’ principal enemy, is disturbed to hear of Antony’s return to Rome. Menas remains optimistic that the insurrection of Antony’s brother and wife has soured his relations with Caesar, but Pompey foresees that divisions will be forgotten in the face of an external enemy. Scene 2. A tense meeting between Caesar and Antony is smoothed over by Lepidus and Agrippa, who suggest that Antony marries Caesar’s sister Octavia. Enobarbus, Antony’s trusted lieutenant, remembers Antony’s first meeting with Cleopatra; he is sure that Antony will never leave her. Scene 3. A soothsayer tells Antony that he cannot shine when Caesar is near. He decides to return to Egypt. 

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Shakespeare - The Comedy of Errors Audiobook

Shakespeare - The Comedy of Errors

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Condemned to death for entering the enemy territory of Ephesus, Egeon, a Syracusan merchant, tells his life story to the Duke of Ephesus. Twenty years earlier his wife bore him identical twin boys; another set of identical twins had been born to a poor woman the same day, and Egeon bought these to raise as servants to his sons. Misfortune overtook them, however, when they were shipwrecked and Egeon, with one of his sons and one of the slaves, was rescued by a vessel from Epidaurus, whilst his wife, the other twin and slave were picked up by Corinthian fishermen. Egeon’s son has gone in search of his brother. Moved at his story, the Duke gives Egeon until the end of the day to find ransom money. Scene 2. Antipholus of Syracuse arrives at Ephesus. He sends his slave Dromio off to their inn, only to encounter Dromio’s long lost twin brother, who, unbeknownst to them, lives in Ephesus. Seeing the man he believes to be his master, Dromio of Ephesus tells him that his wife is waiting to dine with him at home. Antipholus of Syracuse is angered at what he perceives to be nonsense and strikes Dromio, who flees. 

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Shakespeare - Julius Caesar Audiobook

Shakespeare - Julius Caesar

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

ACT 1 Scene 1. The common people of Rome have gathered in the streets to applaud Caesar. The tribunes Flavius and Marullus upbraid them for their fickleness, reminding them that they once gathered in the same way to cheer Pompey, whom Caesar defeated. The tribunes disperse the crowd; they hope that they can limit Caesar’s growing power. Scene 2. A great crowd has gathered in holiday mood. Caesar enters with his wife Calphurnia and various patricians, including Antony. A Soothsayer calls out, warning Caesar to “beware the ides of March.” Caesar dismisses him as a dreamer. The patricians Brutus and Cassius watch the crowd go by. Cassius hints at his fear that Caesar wishes to take all power in Rome into his own hands. Brutus, though Caesar’s friend, shares Cassius’s anxiety; Caesar, meanwhile, confesses to Antony that Cassius makes him uneasy. Shouts from the people are heard. Casca arrives and tells Brutus and Cassius that three times the crown of Rome has been offered to Caesar: three times he has refused it, though each time with increasing reluctance. Brutus and Cassius agree to meet the next day to consider the course events have taken. Left alone, Cassius speaks of his plans to overthrow Caesar. 

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Shakespeare - Henry V Audiobook

Shakespeare - Henry V

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

Play description ACT I Scene 1. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Ely are anxious about a bill proposing to confiscate ecclesiastical property. They are, however, optimistic that King Henry will oppose it. They note that since the death of his father young Henry is a reformed character, no longer a rakish debauchee, but a gracious king. Canterbury has promised Henry a contribution from the clergy if he pursues the French crown, to which he has a claim through his great-great-grandmother, Isabella of France. Scene 2. Wishing to establish the justice of his claim, Henry asks the Archbishop to expound the Salic Law which prohibits succession to the French throne through the female line. The Archbishop assures Henry that he can press his claim “with right and conscience.” Ambassadors from the Dauphin are admitted. They present Henry with a gift of tennis balls; angered, he warns them: “I am coming on/To venge me as I may.” 

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Shakespeare - Henry VI  Part 2 Audiobook

Shakespeare - Henry VI Part 2

Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Multiple Narrators Release Date: March 2020

ACT III Scene 1. Winchester and Gloucester’s quarrel flares up in Parliament. King Henry begs them to bury their differences and they reluctantly make peace, though Winchester has no intention of honoring it. Henry restores Plantagenet’s title; he is now Duke of York. Once the King has left for his coronation in France, Exeter recalls a prophecy that this Henry would lose all that Henry V had won before him. Scene 2. Pucelle and Charles capture Rouen, but the city is quickly recaptured by Talbot. During the fighting, Sir John Falstaff deserts his compatriots. Scene 3. Pucelle persuades the Duke of Burgundy to join forces with the French. Scene 4. Henry makes Talbot Earl of Shrewsbury. Vernon and Basset continue the quarrel of their masters, York and Somerset.

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