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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 May 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IRT6HEY
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel Audio Download – Unabridged
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The authors retell a well-known story and make it fresh and exciting once more. There are a handful of new characters that help to forward the plot and who give insights into the action and the politics of the original play (Young Yorick and Gregor, the Scottish mercenary); they invent very little that is new and what they do, such as the events surrounding Hamlet's birth and what happens to Ophelia, just make for a visceral tension and interest.
Out of all the characters, I loved to hate Polonius and I really warmed to Claudius, the 'wicked uncle', where the authors have made Polonius nastier and Claudius nicer: just some tweaks here and there, but these make all the difference to how we see them. Although Shakespeare doesn't give Claudius a totally bad press, in this book, I was touched and moved by his love for Gertrude and for the child, Hamlet, who was as a son to him; he is a good man who has got himself into a mess, rather like Macbeth, who wades so far into a sea of blood that there is no turning back. There are some interesting asides about Macbeth, especially at the end, not to mention two Scottish characters, beautifully voiced by Armitage who does an amazing range of accents and tones.
Hamlet is presented as being schizophrenic/bipolar and the listener is invited to ponder on the reality of his friend, Young Yorick.Read more ›
The novel presents a new look at the characters and the addition of a new character (Young Yorick) to personify Hamlet's inner struggle. The narrative flows well and it gives interesting insights to supplement the play.
The narration by Richard Armitage is superb. It is a profound pleasure to listen to his voice distinguishing each role from each other and making them living, full-bodied characters to the point where you completely forget that the novel is read by one man alone.
I highly recommend this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a fan of Richard Armitage so looked forward to this. Have to agree with other comments his reading of it is fantastic. I drift off into a wonderful world of characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant novelisation. The perfect accompaniment to the wonderful audiobook.Published 17 months ago by MISS MATHER