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Shakespeare - Measure for Measure Audiobook

Shakespeare - Measure for Measure

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Duke Vincentio prepares to leave Vienna and appoints Angelo as his deputy and Escalus as his advisor. Scene 2. Mistress Overdone tells Lucio how Angelo has decreed that all brothels in the suburbs of Vienna be demolished. Claudio passes by on his way to prison where, within three days, he is to be executed; his fault—that he has made his lover Juliet pregnant. Having explained that he is the victim of Angelo’s reforming zeal, he asks Lucio to find his sister Isabella, and to enlist her help in appealing for mercy from the deputy. Scene 3. The Duke reveals to Friar Thomas that he has invented a trip to Poland as an excuse for putting Angelo in power. He hopes that his righteous deputy will reform the loose morals of the populace. He plans to monitor events, disguised as a friar. Scene 4. Lucio finds Isabella at the convent she is about to enter as a novice, and tells her of her brother’s arrest; he begs her to approach Angelo.

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Shakespeare - Henry VIII Audiobook

Shakespeare - Henry VIII

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. The Duke of Norfolk tells the Duke of Buckingham and his son-in-law, Lord Abergavenny, of the recent sumptuous meeting between King Henry and Francis I of France. They are, however, unimpressed and speak bitterly of the arrogance and ambition of the Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, who brokered the French alliance. Buckingham is arrested for high treason. Scene 2. As Henry waits to hear the case against Buckingham, Queen Katherine enters and makes a plea for a reduction of the high taxes imposed by Wolsey upon the country’s clothiers. This is granted, though Wolsey ensures that he is credited for the dispensation. Buckingham’s surveyor claims that the Duke desires the crown for himself. Katherine reminds the King that the surveyor was dismissed by Buckingham, but Henry remains convinced by the allegations. Scene 3. Chamberlain, Sandys and Lovell discuss the French fashions that have swept through the court. They set off together for dinner with Wolsey. Scene 4. At Wolsey’s banquet, Henry is smitten with Anne Bullen. 

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Shakespeare - Henry VI Part 1: 【Henry.VI】 Audiobook

Shakespeare - Henry VI Part 1: 【Henry.VI】

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

Play description  ACT 1  Scene 1. At the funeral of Henry V, the Duke of Gloucester and the Bishop of Winchester cannot  conceal their enmity. News comes of war and loss of lands in France; the Dauphin has been crowned  king and the valiant Talbot has been taken prisoner. Winchester plans secretly to take power through  young King Henry.  Scene 2. The French are driven back by the English at Orleans. Joan Pucelle, a charismatic  shepherdess who claims that the Virgin Mary has ordered her to free her country from the English, is  presented to King Charles, who is awestruck.  Scene 3. Winchester refuses Gloucester entry to the Tower of London, and their men fight.  Scene 4. As the English besiege Orleans, Salisbury is delighted to see the newly ransomed Talbot.  Salisbury is shot and as he lies dying, Charles and Pucelle approach.  Scene 5. Talbot and Pucelle fight, and she then succeeds in raising the siege of Orleans.  Scene 6. The French are jubilant. 

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Shakespeare - Romeo & Juliet Audiobook

Shakespeare - Romeo & Juliet

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

Play description Act I Scene 1. In Verona, the “ancient grudge” between the Montague and Capulet families erupts in a brawl. Prince Escalus decrees that any further violence will be punishable by death. Romeo, the son of Lord Montague, was not involved in the disturbance; he is unrequitedly in love with Rosaline. Scene 2. Capulet gives young Paris permission to woo his daughter, Juliet, and sends a servant out with a guest list for the ball he is holding that night. The servant is intercepted by Romeo, who learns that Rosaline is to be among the guests. Romeo is persuaded by his friends Benvolio and Mercutio to attend the ball. Scene 3. When Lady Capulet finally manages to interrupt the reminiscences of Juliet’s garrulous Nurse, she tells her daughter of the proposed match with Paris. Scene 4. Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio set out for the Capulet ball; all are masked. The mischievous Mercutio teases lovelorn Romeo. Romeo has a feeling of misgiving about the evening ahead. Scene 5. At the ball, Romeo and Juliet fall in love; each is appalled to learn the identity of the other. Juliet’s cousin Tybalt realizes who the masked interloper is; he is only restrained from challenging Romeo by Capulet, who will not let him harm a guest. 

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Shakespeare - Henry IV Part 2 Audiobook

Shakespeare - Henry IV Part 2

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. The Earl of Northumberland learns that his son, Hotspur, has been killed in battle against the King. The royal army, under Prince John of Lancaster and the Earl of Westmoreland, is now advancing against Northumberland who considers joining forces with the Archbishop of York. Scene 2. The Chief Justice reprimands Falstaff for his part in a robbery at Gadshill. He cautions Falstaff to keep his head low and bemoans the fact Prince Hal keeps such unsuitable company. Falstaff is on his way to join Prince John. Scene 3. The Archbishop and others debate the wisdom of going into battle against the King before they are entirely sure of Northumberland’s support. They reason that the King’s forces are weakened by being divided between three campaigns and decide to take the risk and go ahead. 

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Shakespeare - Coriolanus Audiobook

Shakespeare - Coriolanus

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. The common people of Rome, the plebeians, are on the verge of rebellion due to the lack of grain; they blame the patricians—the Roman nobility—for their plight. They are especially bitter towards Caius Marcius, a patrician and a successful soldier, whom they regard as “the chief enemy to the people.” Menenius tries to persuade them that the patricians are acting in their best interests but when Marcius arrives he makes no attempt to disguise his contempt for the plebeians. When news comes that the Volsces have taken up arms against Rome, Marcius receives it with pleasure, believing their leader Tullus Aufidius to be a noble adversary. Sicinius and Brutus, tribunes appointed to represent the interests of the plebeians, discuss Marcius’s overweening pride. Scene 2. Aufidius prepares to go to war against Rome. Scene 3. Marcius’s mother, Volumnia, urges his wife Virgilia to glory in his warlike prowess. Valeria brings news that Marcius is about to attack the Volsces’ city of Corioles. Scene 4. Marcius curses the fainthearted Roman soldiers and urges them on to attack Corioles. When they refuse, he enters the enemy city single-handed. When the Romans see him alone within the walls of Corioles, they rush in to assist him. 

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Shakespeare - Cymbeline Audiobook

Shakespeare - Cymbeline

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Imogen, daughter of King Cymbeline of Britain, has angered her father by marrying Posthumus. Cymbeline himself reared the orphaned Posthumus, his own two sons having been abducted in infancy. The wicked Queen (whose son Cloten was Cymbeline’s preferred match for Imogen) pretends kindness to the young couple. Before Posthumus leaves for exile in Rome, Imogen gives him a ring, receiving in return a bracelet. Scene 2. Cloten’s attendants ridicule him. Scene 3. Pisanio, Posthumus’s servant, tells Imogen of his master’s departure. Scene 4. Posthumus meets Iachimo in Rome. When Posthumus extols Imogen’s virtue, Iachimo wagers him ten thousand ducats to his diamond ring that he can persuade her to commit adultery. Posthumus accepts the wager. Scene 5. The doctor Cornelius is suspicious when the Queen gathers poisonous plants. He reveals privately that what she believes to be fatal poison is in fact a sleeping draught. The Queen tries unsuccessfully to turn Pisanio against Posthumus and gives him the poison, claiming that it is a life saving remedy.

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Shakespeare - Richard III Act V Audiobook

Shakespeare - Richard III Act V

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

ACT V Scene 1. Buckingham is led to his execution. Scene 2. Richmond rallies his troops. Scene 3. The two sides prepare for battle on Bosworth Field. As Richard and Richmond sleep, the ghosts of Richard’s victims appear foretelling his defeat and Richmond’s victory. Scene 4. Even after having lost his horse, Richard fights valiantly. Scene 5. Richmond slays Richard and declares: “We will unite the White Rose and the Red.” 

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Shakespeare - Richard III Act II-III Audiobook

Shakespeare - Richard III Act II-III

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

ACT II Scene 1. The ailing Edward attempts to restore peace by having Queen Elizabeth and her kinsmen swear friendship with Hastings and Buckingham. When Richard reports Clarence’s death, Edward is devastated, believing himself responsible. Scene 2. The old Duchess of York mourns Clarence, hinting darkly to his two children about Richard’s involvement. Queen Elizabeth enters grieving the death of King Edward. It is agreed that her son Edward must be brought immediately from Ludlow for coronation. Buckingham and Richard are determined “to part the queen’s proud kindred from the prince.” Scene 3. Citizens express deep concerns about the accession of a child to the throne. Scene 4. Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of York are horrified to learn of the arrests by Richard and Buckingham of Rivers, Grey and Sir Thomas Vaughan. Elizabeth decides to seek sanctuary with her youngest son the Duke of York.  ACT III Scene 1. Prince Edward arrives in London with Richard and Buckingham. The Duke of York is removed from sanctuary and the princes go to lodge at the Tower until the coronation. Richard sends Catesby to Hastings to ascertain his reaction should Richard become king.

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Shakespeare - Titus Andronicus: part 2 Audiobook

Shakespeare - Titus Andronicus: part 2

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

ACT II Scene 1. Aaron suggests that Chiron and Demetrius satisfy their lust for Lavinia by raping her during the forthcoming hunt. Scene 2. Titus and his sons are hunting with Bassianus and Lavinia. Saturninus, Tamora, Demetrius and Chiron are also present. Scene 3. Aaron discloses that he has a plan that “will beget/A very excellent piece of villainy.” Tamora enters in an amorous mood, but Aaron can think only of revenge and tells her of her sons’ plan to ravage Lavinia and murder Bassianus. Lavinia and Bassianus accuse Tamora of infidelity to the Emperor. Demetrius and Chiron then murder Bassianus. Lavinia, terrified of losing her honor, pleads for death. Tamora, remembering Titus’s refusal to spare the life of Alarbus, is unrelenting. Aaron lures Martius and Quintus to the pit where Bassianus’s body has been dumped, thus incriminating them in the murder. A letter is then produced which apparently proves their guilt. The Emperor swears that they will be executed. Tamora assures Titus that she will petition Saturninus on his behalf, and that he should have no fear for his sons. Scene 4. Marcus finds the raped Lavinia in the forest. She has had both hands amputated and her tongue cut out so as to prevent her from identifying her attackers. 

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Shakespeare - Titus Andronicus: part 1 Audiobook

Shakespeare - Titus Andronicus: part 1

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Titus Andronicus returns to Rome in triumph after 10 years at war with the Goths. He and his four sons bring their prisoners: the Gothic queen Tamora, her sons Alarbus, Demetrius, and Chiron, and her lover Aaron. Ignoring Tamora’s appeal for mercy, Titus orders the sacrifice of Alarbus to the spirits of his own dead sons. Titus’s brother Marcus presses him to stand for the Imperial throne against Saturninus and Bassianus, the sons of the late emperor. Titus refuses and advises the people to choose Saturninus, who promptly asks for the hand of Titus’s daughter Lavinia. She, however, is already betrothed to Bassianus who abducts her with the help of her brothers. In the ensuing scuffle, Titus kills his son Mutius, who tries to bar his way. Saturninus accuses Titus of complicity with Bassianus and angrily dismisses him. He chooses Tamora for his Empress. Having at first refused his brother’s and sons’ pleas that Mutius should be buried in the family tomb, Titus eventually acquiesces. Bassianus attempts to intercede with Saturninus on Titus’s behalf. Tamora also begs for clemency for Titus, revealing privately to the Emperor that she is merely biding her time before bloodily revenging the murder of her son. She makes peace between all the quarrelling factions. 

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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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