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Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits (Vol. 1)

by Bruce Coville

This title is now available on MP3-CD from Brilliance Audio for only $14.99. (Please go to Brilliance or Amazon.com to order - we no longer sell directly.)

This highly successful series of Shakespeare adaptations comes to audio in a remarkable production that combines clear, accessible storytelling with the Bard's gorgeous language. A huge cast of skilled readers brings the beauty, humor, and drama of these ageless classics to life in a recording that can be shared by the whole family. The perfect way to introduce youngsters—and adults—to the wonder of Shakespeare!

Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits (Vol. 1)

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Editions:   sku     isbn-13     isbn-10     count  
  CD Economy     n/a     978-1-5012-3631-0     n/a     Two CDs  
Approximate Running Time:  2 hours

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Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Sample 1A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening (0:59, about 924 KB)
Sample 2Macbeth visits the witches on the heath (0:57, about 901 KB)
Sample 3Romeo and Juliet at the balcony (1:52, about 1.7 MB)
Sample 4Twelfth Night: Duke Orsino pines for love (0:48, about 764 KB)
Sample 5Feste’s song, first stanza (0:28, about 450 KB)

Reviews:
"...this collection provides a nice introduction for children who might encounter one of these plays in a live production or in the classroom."
    — AudioFile
 
"he large and versatile cast gives energetic renderings of the text, while Cynthia Bishop and Coville skillfully narrate the stories... School and public libraries will reap satisfying rewards with this appealing recording."
    — School Library Journal
 
"...the spirit and essentials of the story and characters are well conveyed, and this production would be an excellent introduction to the plays for students or adults who are not familiar with them... Highly recommended for school and public libraries."
    — KLIATT May 2004   Starred Review   Read entire review…
 

Meet the Cast:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
Daniel BostickBottom
Bruce CovilleNarrator
Findley DavidsonTitania
Paul GagnonOberon
Bill MoleskyEgeus
Peter MollerQuince
Gerard MosesTheseus
Carolin MurphyFlute
John PoulosDemetrius
Nicole RicciardiHippolyta
Ryan SparkesPuck
Lauren SyngerHelena
Carmen Viviano-CraftsHermia
Karl WildmanLysander

Macbeth:
Karam Anthonythe first child spirit
David BakerBanquo
Cynthia BishopNarrator
Daniel BostickMacDuff
Ryan DornbuschDonalbain.
Caroline FitzgeraldFirst Witch
Paul GagnonMalcolm
Kate HuddlestonSecond Witch
Willard E. Lape, Jr.the armored head
Bill MoleskyMacbeth
Gerard MosesDuncan
Daniel Poormanthe second child spirit
Carol Ansell SpradlingLady Macbeth
Lauren SyngerThird Witch
Karl WildmanLennox

Romeo and Juliet:
Bruce CovilleNarrator
Ryan DornbuschRomeo
Frank FiumanoPrince Escalus
Paul GagnonBenvolio
Willard E. Lape, Jr.Lord Montague
Joe LotitoFriar Lawrence
Alice MorigiNurse
Gerard MosesLord Capulet
Jason SimmonsMercutio
Carol Ansell SpradlingLady Montague
Rob StewartTybalt
Lauren SyngerLady Capulet
Carmen Viviano-CraftsJuliet
Karl WildmanCount Paris

Twelfth Night:
Cynthia BishopNarrator
Daniel BostickFeste
Bruce CovilleAntonio
the old captain
Findley DavidsonOlivia
Paul GagnonDuke Orsino
Rodney HudsonSir Toby
Bill MoleskyMalvolio
Peter MollerSir Andrew
Nicole RicciardiMaria
Carmen Viviano-CraftsViola
Karl WildmanSebastian
Directed by:Gerard Moses
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