Reviews for From Shakespeare - With Love : The Best of the Sonnets

AudioFile Web Reviews
Naxos AudioBooks and David Timson offer a collection of the best of Shakespeare's love sonnets in celebration of the 400th anniversary of their first appearance in print. They're perfect for audio. Director Timson lets the poems speak for themselves through the voices and interpretations of a group of diverse and talented actors. Listeners are treated to some of the Bard's lesser-known sonnets as well as some of his most famous, including David Tenant's reading of Sonnet 18: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"; Juliet Stevenson's version of Sonnet 116: "Let me not to the marriage of true minds . . ."; and David Timson's rendering of Sonnet 29: "When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes. . . ." Each gem illustrates Shakespeare's take on the multifaceted nature of love, from obsession and possession to longing and delight. A must for any collection. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

Library Journal Reviews 2009 October #1

Sixteen classically trained British actors tackle the touchstone of English literature in this enjoyable audio commemorating the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare's Sonnets. An accompanying booklet provides context and structure for the selection of the sonnets and the order in which they're read, as well as the reasoning behind the pairing of certain actors with certain sonnets. All readings are under two minutes long, giving listeners the opportunity to dip into the poems a few at a time or swim the distance. For students of all ages.--J. Sara Paulk, Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Cty. P.L., Fitzgerald, GA

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