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Othello (Dramatized)

Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Shakespeare's Othello is one of his finest and most famous tragedies. This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success - each performance was a sell-out.

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Perfect actor, however abridged.

I loved the actors for this audiobook. The copy was abridged which I was. It aware of. Not a bad version.

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Loved it.

Was very riveting. Desdemona's actress was a little annoying but other than that was great!

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othello

great and easy to listen to! loved ewen mcgregor as iago. would highly recommend :)

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Used it to help me read a book for school.

A brilliant adaptation, with some of todays favourite actors. Very entertaining and good for reading along to to help with studying a play.

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Great edition

Impressed with this version. Voices were fabulous. really can't beat listening to these talented actors.

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  • M. W. Roberts
  • 16-03-2010

Goats and Monkeys!

According to an article I read on the live performance of this play in London, some critics gave Ejiofor positive reviews while McGregor and Reilly did not fare as well. Whip me such foolish critics! Others there are who recognize McGregor's rendition of Honest Iago as nearly flawless; who can see that he pulls off the relentlessly ruminative diabolical genius with precision. And such a one do I profess myself. I've listened to many audible dramatizations of Shakespeare, and this one is probably the best.

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  • EmilyK
  • 09-05-2016

Excellent adaptation - wonderful cast!

What did you love best about Othello (Dramatized)?

The performances were all excellent I thought! As always, choices are made about what to cut out, but it was done well.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm not sure in this era of audiobooks why you would read Shakespeare any other way! I read the plays a lot in my youth, but this play really sings when you hear the lines spoken.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't but I certainly could have.

Any additional comments?

A way to hear many favorite actors on audio.

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  • Bradley Griner Douglas
  • 14-11-2018

You will fall in love

This is the way I wish all audio books are and sets the bar very high. Amazing performance, great listen, better than watching a movie.

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  • Kevin Collins
  • 18-07-2018

Lacks subtlety

The actors are all accomplished, especially Ewan MacGregor, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kelly Reilly, but too often the direction lacks subtlety and the text is shouted. This gets monotonous and makes it hard to follow and believe the play.

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  • Joseph Delgado
  • 21-04-2017

As close to what Shakespeare Invisioned himself.

Loved it but really hurt to see the web of lies spun up by Iago.

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  • Scott Feaster
  • 25-11-2016

Remarks on Othello

Chiwetel Edjifor sustained the accent of Othello as an African national speaking English without condescension, yet with remarkable range of nobility and human feeling we expect from the character. He and the cast deserve high praise for this memorable and faithful rendering.

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  • Susan
  • 27-04-2016

Wonderful way to experience the play!

Loved it! A wonderful way to experience a top rate cast that includes among others Ewan MacGregor as Iago and a pre-Thor Tom Hiddleston as Cassio! The only reason I didn't give it five stars overall is because it doesn't include the bonus CD with cast and creative team interviews that came with the original CD recording. But it does come with a really neat PDF with pictures and information about the production!