Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits (Vol. 1)

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by Bruce Coville

This highly successful series of Shakespeare adaptations comes to audio in a remarkable production that combines clear, accessible storytelling with the Bard’s gorgeous language. A huge cast of skilled readers brings the beauty, humor, and drama of these ageless classics to life in a recording that can be shared by the whole family.

The perfect way to introduce youngsters—and adults—to the wonder of Shakespeare!

Author Bruce Coville
Narrator Bruce Coville, Cynthia Bishop
Length 1 hr and 40 mins
© Copyright 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003 Bruce Coville
℗ Audio Copyright 2003 Full Cast Audio


“…this collection provides a nice introduction for children who might encounter one of these plays in a live production or in the classroom.”
— AudioFile

“The large and versatile cast gives energetic renderings of the text, while Cynthia Bishop and Coville skillfully narrate the stories… School and public libraries will reap satisfying rewards with this appealing recording.”
School Library Journal

“…the spirit and essentials of the story and characters are well conveyed, and this production would be an excellent introduction to the plays for students or adults who are not familiar with them… Highly recommended for school and public libraries.”
KLIATT May 2004  Starred Review

Listen to samples from this audiobook:
  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening (0:59) Full Cast Audio 0:59
  2. Macbeth visits the witches on the heath (0:57) Full Cast Audio 0:58
  3. Romeo and Juliet at the balcony (1:52) Full Cast Audio 1:53
  4. Twelfth Night: Duke Orsino pines for love (0:48) Full Cast Audio 0:49
  5. Feste’s song, first stanza (0:28) Full Cast Audio 0:29

Meet the Cast:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
Daniel Bostick Bottom
Bruce Coville Narrator
Findley Davidson Titania
Paul Gagnon Oberon
Bill Molesky Egeus
Peter Moller Quince
Gerard Moses Theseus
Carolin Murphy Flute
John Poulos Demetrius
Nicole Ricciardi Hippolyta
Ryan Sparkes Puck
Lauren Synger Helena
Carmen Viviano-Crafts Hermia
Karl Wildman Lysander
Karam Anthony the first child spirit
David Baker Banquo
Cynthia Bishop Narrator
Daniel Bostick MacDuff
Ryan Dornbusch Donalbain.
Caroline Fitzgerald First Witch
Paul Gagnon Malcolm
Kate Huddleston Second Witch
Willard E. Lape, Jr. the armored head
Bill Molesky Macbeth
Gerard Moses Duncan
Daniel Poorman the second child spirit
Carol Ansell Spradling Lady Macbeth
Lauren Synger Third Witch
Karl Wildman Lennox
Romeo and Juliet:
Bruce Coville Narrator
Ryan Dornbusch Romeo
Frank Fiumano Prince Escalus
Paul Gagnon Benvolio
Willard E. Lape, Jr. Lord Montague
Joe Lotito Friar Lawrence
Alice Morigi Nurse
Gerard Moses Lord Capulet
Jason Simmons Mercutio
Carol Ansell Spradling Lady Montague
Rob Stewart Tybalt
Lauren Synger Lady Capulet
Carmen Viviano-Crafts Juliet
Karl Wildman Count Paris
Twelfth Night:
Cynthia Bishop Narrator
Daniel Bostick Feste
Bruce Coville Antonio
the old captain
Findley Davidson Olivia
Paul Gagnon Duke Orsino
Rodney Hudson Sir Toby
Bill Molesky Malvolio
Peter Moller Sir Andrew
Nicole Ricciardi Maria
Carmen Viviano-Crafts Viola
Karl Wildman Sebastian
Directed by: Gerard Moses
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