Much Ado About Nothing (Version 2)

Written by:
William Shakespeare
Narrated by:
LibriVox Volunteers

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2016
2 hours 33 minutes
Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Much Ado About Nothing chronicles two pairs of lovers: Benedick and Beatrice (the main couple), and Claudio and Hero (the secondary couple). Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very "merry war"; they are both very witty and proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. Although the young lovers Hero and Claudio provide the main impetus for the plot, the courtship between the wittier, wiser lovers Benedick and Beatrice is what makes Much Ado About Nothing so memorable. Benedick and Beatrice argue with delightful wit, and Shakespeare develops their journey from antagonism to sincere love and affection with a rich sense of humor and compassion. (Summary by Wikipedia)
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Andy V.

The actors are annoyingly bad, as though a bunch of theatrically untrained friends got together for a first time read through, imitating voices from PG rated cartoon characters, half of whom are themselves annoyed that they’ve been pried from their cartoon lives for this. Dreadful.

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