Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb

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Narrated By: Wanda McCaddon

Duration: 9 hours and 18 minutes

What to expect

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 TempestA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Winter’s TaleMuch Ado about NothingAs You Like ItThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaThe Merchant of VeniceCybelineKing LearMacbethAll’s Well That Ends WellThe Taming of the ShrewThe Comedy of ErrorsMeasure for MeasureTwelfth NightTimon of AthensRomeo and JulietHamletOthelloPericles, Prince of Tyre


Classic and pre-20th century plays, Classic fiction, Children’s / Teenage fiction: Classic fiction

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“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.”