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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • 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

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This audio has been well worth the money spent and the struggle to download and I shall be recommending it to friends and family. Well done, you guys, (Hartley, Hewson and Armitage), for writing and voicing such a splendid book!

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.
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I highly recommend this version of the classic tale to anyone who wishes to know more of the classic tale but is daunted by the prospect fo reading the original material from Shakespeare's play.

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.
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This revitalised tale grabs your attention from the onset. Richard Armitage delivers a wealth of characters, each one coming alive as the story unfolds. If you have found Shakespeare daunting, this fresh, new, vibrant adaptation will tempt you into the world of kings, treason, forbidden love, murder, mystery, ghosts and madness. This tale is delivered at a pace that is easy on the ear and is guaranteed to stimulate the imagination. Usually I prefer to get lost amidst the pages of a book, but this audio version of Hamlet will have you hanging on to every word. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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I am not a Shakespeare fan but this audio book is brilliant. Brilliantly read by Richard Armitage his reading is so passionate he sounds like he is really enjoying himself. I will certainly download another Shakespeare so long as Richard Armitage reads it.
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