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Shakespeare - Tempest Audiobook

Shakespeare - Tempest

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. A violent storm is lashing the ship on which Alonso, King of Naples, is returning home from his daughter’s wedding in Tunis. Travelling with Alonso are his brother Sebastian, his son Ferdinand, Antonio, Duke of Milan, and other nobles including Gonzalo, a kind-hearted old courtier. The ship begins to break up and all on board fear they will be drowned. Scene 2. Prospero and Miranda, father and daughter, watch the storm from the shore of their island home. Miranda is touched with pity for the voyagers, but Prospero assures her that thanks to his magic “Art,” they will come to no harm. He then recounts how they came to the island twelve years previously: Prospero was Duke of Milan, but had become increasingly absorbed in his occult studies, leaving matters of state to his brother Antonio. Antonio plotted with Alonso to take power, subjecting Milan to the authority of Naples in return for being named Duke himself. Prospero and Miranda were taken to sea in a rotten boat and set adrift. The two did not drown as Antonio intended, however, but were brought “by providence divine” to the island they have lived on ever since. Prospero then reveals that the ship they have been watching has brought his old enemies within his power. Prospero’s spirit servant Ariel reports that he has brought Alonso’s ship safely into harbor.

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Shakespeare - The Merry Wives of Windsor Audiobook

Shakespeare - The Merry Wives of Windsor

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Shallow and his cousin Slender believe themselves wronged by Falstaff and his followers. Page invites them to his house to “drink down all unkindness.” Sir Hugh Evans and Shallow encourage Slender to woo Page’s daughter Anne. Scene 2. Sir Hugh sends Slender’s servant Simple to Mistress Quickly, housekeeper to the French doctor, Caius, with a letter asking her to intercede with Anne on Slender’s behalf. Scene 3. Poverty-stricken, Falstaff plans to seduce Mistresses Ford and Page, the “Merry Wives,” in order to gain access to their husbands’ purses. Having been dismissed by Falstaff, Nym and Pistol decide to reveal his scheme to Ford and Page. Scene 4. Mistress Quickly promises Simple that she will help Slender to woo Anne. When Caius returns home, she hides Simple, but he is soon discovered. The doctor, who also loves Anne, rants furiously against Sir Hugh. Later, Quickly encourages Fenton, another of Anne’s suitors, though she privately believes the girl is not interested in him. 

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Shakespeare - Merchant of Venice Audiobook

Shakespeare - Merchant of Venice

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Antonio is a rich merchant in Venice; ships bearing his goods sail round the world. Antonio’s friend Bassanio has fallen in love with Portia, a wealthy and beautiful young woman dwelling in Belmont, but lacks the means to woo her in appropriate style; he asks Antonio for help. Antonio’s fortune is all with his ships at sea, but he vows to borrow whatever sums Bassanio may require in order to help his friend. Scene 2. In Belmont, Portia complains to her maid Nerissa that she has not been left free to choose her husband for herself. Her dead father has devised a test consisting of three caskets made of gold, silver, and lead; only the suitor who chooses the right casket may marry Portia. Scene 3. Bassanio has gone to Shylock, a wealthy Jew, to borrow money on Antonio’s credit. Shylock is deeply hostile to Antonio, who makes no attempt to hide the contempt he feels for him. Nonetheless, Shylock is prepared to lend his enemy the sum required on condition that, if the money is not repaid when it is due, Shylock will have the right to cut a pound of flesh from Antonio’s body. Bassanio is horrified, but Antonio accepts the condition, confident that his ships will have returned in time. 

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Shakespeare - A Midsummer Nights Dream Audiobook

Shakespeare - A Midsummer Nights Dream

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. In Athens, preparations are underway for the wedding of Duke Theseus to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. An angry father, Egeus, comes to the ducal palace and accuses Lysander of bewitching his daughter Hermia, even though she is already betrothed to Demetrius. Hermia confesses her love for Lysander, and Theseus tells her that according to the law, she must either die or enter a nunnery if she refuses to marry the man chosen by her father. He gives her until the new moon to decide. Hermia and Lysander decide to run away; they agree to meet the following night in a wood outside the city. They tell Helena, Hermia’s childhood friend, of their plan; she, however, is in love with Demetrius, who has rejected her for Hermia, and she hopes to regain his favor by telling him of the lovers’ intentions. Scene 2. A group of Athenian workmen, “rude mechanicals,” are preparing an entertainment to be performed at the Duke’s wedding. They have chosen “The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisby.” 

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Shakespeare - King John Audiobook

Shakespeare - King John

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. King Philip of France’s ambassador, Chatillion, delivers a message to King John. He demands that John give up his throne to the rightful heir, John’s nephew Arthur. Infuriated, John returns the threat of war. Robert Faulconbridge and his brother Philip come to the court. Despite being the younger, Robert is claiming his brother’s lands on the grounds that Philip is illegitimate. It is quickly confirmed that Philip is the bastard son of Richard Coeur de Lion, John’s older brother and predecessor on the throne. On learning this, Philip willingly gives up his land to his brother and is knighted Sir Richard Plantagenet. 

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Shakespeare - Alls Well That Ends Well Audiobook

Shakespeare - Alls Well That Ends Well

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Bertram, the young Count of Rossillion, is leaving home to take his place at the court of the King of France, who is gravely ill. Bertram bids farewell to his mother the widowed Countess, her friend the old lord Lafew and the young and virtuous Helena, daughter of a famous doctor now deceased, who lives as a dependant in the old Countess’s household. Helena is passionately in love with Bertram, though without hope because he is so far above her in birth. Parolles, a blustering soldier who has attached himself to Bertram, is also going to the French court and Helena determines to follow. She has learned the mysteries of medicine from her father; if she can cure the King, she may win Bertram’s heart. Scene 2. The ailing King tells of war between the Florentines and Sienese; he will give permission to any young gentleman of France who wishes to go to Italy in search of glory. Bertram arrives and the King greets him warmly. Scene 3. The Countess gently forces Helena to admit her love for Bertram and reveal her plan to attempt the King’s cure. The old lady kindly offers her support. 

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Shakespeare - The Two Noble Kinsmen Audiobook

Shakespeare - The Two Noble Kinsmen

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Three queens interrupt the wedding celebrations of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta. They seek revenge for the deaths of their husbands, killed by Creon of Thebes. Hippolyta and her sister Emilia entreat Theseus to help them and he instructs his army to prepare for war. Scene 2. In Thebes, two noble kinsmen, Palamon and Arcite, discuss the tyrannical rule of their uncle Creon. They are resolving to leave the court when news comes of impending war with Athens; they now have no choice but to stay. Scene 3. Hippolyta and Emilia bid farewell to Theseus’s general Pirithous. Once he has gone, Emilia marvels at Pirithous’s affection for the Duke but remains convinced that the friendship between women cannot be matched. She is certain that she can never love a man as she loved her friend Flavina. Scene 4. Theseus returns victorious from battle and the queens express their gratitude. Palamon and Arcite have been taken captive but Theseus orders that they be well treated, praising their courage. Scene 5. The three queens process with the hearses of their lords. 

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Shakespeare - Othello Audiobook

Shakespeare - Othello

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Iago tells Roderigo how Cassio has been promoted over him to the position of lieutenant to the Moor Othello, a general in the service of the Venetian state. Iago is furious but resolves to continue serving Othello for his own ends. Having learnt that his master has eloped with Desdemona, Iago informs her father, Brabantio, that “an old black ram/Is tupping your white ewe.” Scene 2. Iago tells Othello of Brabantio’s fury. Cassio comes from the Duke of Venice with a summons for the Moor: there is trouble in Cyprus, a Venetian colony. Despite Othello’s conciliatory tone, Brabantio insists that the Duke be told of the elopement. Scene 3. The Duke and senators are discussing a report that a Turkish fleet is on its way to Cyprus, when Othello and Brabantio arrive. Othello defends himself eloquently against charges of bewitching Desdemona, and she affirms the love between them. Brabantio reluctantly accepts the situation. Othello is appointed governor of Cyprus. Desdemona is to accompany her husband, and Iago will escort her to the island. Roderigo threatens suicide for love of Desdemona, but Iago assures him that she will tire of Othello and that Roderigo will then be able to seduce her. Once alone, Iago speaks of a rumor that his wife Emilia has betrayed him with Othello. 

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Shakespeare - King Lear Audiobook

Shakespeare - King Lear

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. King Lear of Britain decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, giving the greater share to the one who most eloquently describes her love for him. Goneril and Regan make extravagant statements of devotion, but Cordelia, his favorite, speaks with a plainness that infuriates him. He disowns her and gives his power to her sisters, retaining only his title. He intends to reside alternately with Goneril and Regan, with a retinue of one hundred men. When the Earl of Kent berates Lear for ‘This hideous rashness’ he is banished. Cordelia’s two suitors, the Duke of Burgundy and the King of France, learn that she has lost her dowry. France, impressed by her virtue, resolves to marry her. Once alone together, Goneril and Regan speak coldly of their father’s declining judgment. Scene 2. Edmund, the Duke of Gloucester’s bastard son, intends to take his legitimate brother Edgar’s land. He shows his father a letter, purportedly from Edgar, in which he plans Gloucester’s murder. Edmund then warns Edgar of their father’s anger, speculating that someone has defamed him. Scene 3. Goneril instructs her steward Oswald to treat Lear with disrespect.

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Shakespeare - Hamlet Audiobook

Shakespeare - Hamlet

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. The ghost of Old Hamlet, King of Denmark, has appeared to officers guarding the castle of Elsinore. When the apparition is witnessed by Horatio, friend of the dead king’s son, he fears that it portends ill. He decides to tell young Hamlet, hoping that the ghost might reveal to him the cause of its restlessness. Scene 2. The dead king’s brother, Claudius, has assumed the crown and married the widowed Queen Gertrude. He dispatches emissaries to Norway where the king’s nephew Fortinbras is threatening Denmark with war. The King and Queen urge young Hamlet to cast off his dark mood. Once alone, the prince vents his violent grief at his father’s death and outrage at his mother’s “incestuous” remarriage. When Horatio tells Hamlet about the ghost he too suspects foul play. Scene 3. Laertes warns his sister Ophelia not to take seriously Hamlet’s attentions because, being a prince, he is not free to make his own choices in matters of love. Scene 4. Hamlet and Horatio meet on the battlements. The ghost appears and beckons to Hamlet to follow him. Scene 5. The ghost describes to Hamlet how it was murdered by Claudius. It urges him to revenge the crime. 

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Shakespeare - Henry VI Part 3 Audiobook

Shakespeare - Henry VI Part 3

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

ACT V Scene 1. In London, Gloucester tells Henry that the Pope and others are anxious to end the bloody conflict between England and France. He suggests that marriage to the daughter of King Charles’ kinsman, the Earl of Armagnac, would cement peace. Henry appoints Winchester to broker the accord. Winchester privately reaffirms his determination to destroy Gloucester. Scene 2. At Angiers, Charles learns that the divided English army has joined forces and is preparing for battle. Scene 3. Pucelle, having been deserted by her magic spirits, is taken prisoner by York. Suffolk takes as prisoner Reignier’s daughter Margaret. He is enchanted by her but, being married himself, organizes a match with King Henry. Scene 4. Joan is to be burnt as a witch. She angrily disowns a shepherd claiming to be her father, insisting that she is descended from kings. Despite her statement that she is pregnant, York is unrelenting, and she goes to the flames. Winchester arrives to negotiate peace but York is appalled that so much slaughter should end in “effeminate peace.” Charles agrees to swear fealty to Henry. Scene 5. In London, Henry is dazzled by Suffolk’s account of Margaret. He resolves to marry her, despite Gloucester’s reminder that he is already betrothed to Armagnac’s daughter. Suffolk is exultant: “I will rule both her, the king, and realm.” 

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Shakespeare - Macbeth Audiobook

Shakespeare - Macbeth

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

Play description ACT I Scene 1. Three sinister witches foretell a meeting with Macbeth, then vanish mysteriously. Scene 2. Duncan, king of Scotland, receives news that his generals Macbeth and Banquo have defeated a rebel army led by the Thane of Cawdor. Delighted, Duncan orders that the Thane’s title be given to Macbeth. Scene 3. On a desolate heath the witches meet Macbeth and Banquo; they greet Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor, then prophesy that he shall ‘be king hereafter.’ Banquo demands what the future holds for him and is told that he will be the ancestor of a line of kings. No sooner have the witches vanished than emissaries from Duncan arrive to announce that Macbeth is indeed now Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth muses on the witches’ prophecy and we learn that dark thoughts are in his mind. Scene 4. Duncan names his son Malcolm heir to the throne of Scotland. This troubles Macbeth, who hints once more of his ‘black and deep desires.’ Scene 5. Lady Macbeth learns of her husband’s promotion and the witches’ prophecy that he will become king. Word arrives that Duncan intends to spend that night in Macbeth’s castle and Lady Macbeth vows that the king will never leave alive. Scene 6. The unsuspecting Duncan arrives at Macbeth’s castle. Scene 7. Macbeth’s conscience is tormented at the thought of the crime to be committed, but Lady Macbeth spurs him on. 

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