Tales from Shakespeare

Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb

Wanda McCaddon (Narrator)

02-01-93

9hrs 19min

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02-01-93

9hrs 19min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts

Description

“Conquering the distaste for knowledge and learning which so frequently opposes itself to the instruction of children; and we do not scruple to say that, unless perhaps we except Robinson Crusoe, these volumes claim the very first place, and stand unique, without rival or competitor.” Critical Review, 1807

This retelling in prose of twenty of Shakespeare’s thirty-seven plays was originally published just for children. Keeping Shakespeare’s own words whenever possible but making the plots and language easily understandable, this very listenable collection has entertained and informed generations of adults as well. With such classic stories as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, and more, Shakespeare’s most memorable characters come to life anew as magicians and fairies, fools and kings weave their magic, mischief, and madness.

Contents include: 
The Tempest
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Winter’s Tale
Much Ado about Nothing
As You Like It
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Merchant of Venice
Cybeline
King Lear
Macbeth
All’s Well That Ends Well
The Taming of the Shrew
The Comedy of Errors
Measure for Measure
Twelfth Night
Timon of Athens
Romeo and Juliet
Hamlet
Othello
Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Praise

“Conquering the distaste for knowledge and learning which so frequently opposes itself to the instruction of children; and we do not scruple to say that, unless perhaps we except Robinson Crusoe, these volumes claim the very first place, and stand unique, without rival or competitor.” Critical Review, 1807

“The Lambs’ Tales is the granddaddy of all Cliff Notes and may be the only one that qualifies in its own right as a work of literature. These narrative retellings of 18 of Shakespeare’s plays don’t attempt to reproduce the plays’ structure or dramatic qualities, but recast the stories into narrative form with freedom and dexterity.” AudioFile

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Language English
Release Day Jan 31, 1993
Release Date February 1, 1993
Release Date Machine 728524800
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Classics, Drama & Plays, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths, Literature & Fiction, Evergreen Classics, Literature & Fiction
Author Bio
Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb is the author of the AL:ICE series of science fiction novels. He was raised in the Southwest, survived a tour of duty in the Pacific Northwest, and now resides in Florida with his wife and three dogs.

Mary Lamb

Mary Lamb (1764 –1847) was an English writer, the sister and collaborator of Charles Lamb. She is best known today for her collaboration with Charles on the collection Tales from Shakespeare. She and Charles presided over a literary circle in London that included the poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, among others.

Narrator Bio
Wanda McCaddon

Wanda McCaddon (d. 2023) narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, sometimes with the pseudonym Nadia May or Donada Peters. She earned the prestigious Audio Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.

Overview

This retelling in prose of twenty of Shakespeare’s thirty-seven plays was originally published just for children. Keeping Shakespeare’s own words whenever possible but making the plots and language easily understandable, this very listenable collection has entertained and informed generations of adults as well. With such classic stories as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, and more, Shakespeare’s most memorable characters come to life anew as magicians and fairies, fools and kings weave their magic, mischief, and madness.

Contents include: 
The Tempest
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Winter’s Tale
Much Ado about Nothing
As You Like It
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Merchant of Venice
Cybeline
King Lear
Macbeth
All’s Well That Ends Well
The Taming of the Shrew
The Comedy of Errors
Measure for Measure
Twelfth Night
Timon of Athens
Romeo and Juliet
Hamlet
Othello
Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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