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Summary

Jamie Parker stars as the Prince of Denmark in this brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast production.

At the Castle of Elsinore in Denmark, the court is uneasy. The king of Denmark has recently died and the throne has been claimed by the king's brother, Claudius. Prince Hamlet, still in mourning for his father, distrusts Claudius and believes that what has happened at the court 'cannot come to good’. The ghost of his father has told him he was murdered by Claudius. Can it be true? He arranges for a troupe of players to emulate such a murder before the court, in the hope that the truth will out.

As circumstances play out, and Hamlet is variously counselled and challenged by the King and Queen, Laertes, Polonius, Ophelia, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the fabric of the court starts to unravel. Soon Hamlet’s indecision leads to a series of tragic events - and to what end?

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This is the excellent foppery of the world

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yup. Got some good Shakespeare in it.

What other book might you compare Hamlet to, and why?

Other Shakespeare stuff.

What does Jamie Parker and Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mouthwords for your face-ears.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is the excellent foppery of the world that when we are sick in fortune—often the surfeit of our own behavior—we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars, as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence, and all that we are evil in by a divine thrusting-on. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star!

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Shakespeare.

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I was lucky enough to hear this when it was broadcast by the BBC and was delighted to find it on Audible. I've seen and listened to many productions of Hamlet and this is one of my very favourites. The cast is very good and Jamie Parker is to my mind an outstanding Hamlet. His diction, emphasis and emotional range is excellent. He allows the verse to speak without going over the top. Also very good to hear a relatively complete version of the play with the Ghost's speech thankfully uncut. Highly recommended.

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Very well done and very moving and emotional I could almost feel the emotions of the characters

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First rate

Except for the somewhat odd placement of Hamlet’s most famous soliloquy, this is a first-rate production of a first-rate play. Jamie Parker gives an impassioned performance, and the haunting music has stayed with me long after the end.

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