A Midsummer Night's Dream


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.1 stars; 134 reviews)

Magic, fairies, young lovers chasing each other through a forest, a man with a donkey's head, and impish Puck wreaking havoc right and left. What's going on here? It's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare at his most fanciful. The play opens with Theseus, Duke of Athens, preparing for his wedding. Egeus complains to Theseus that his daughter Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius. When Hermia is given the choice between marriage to Demetrius or life as a nun, she and her true love Lysander flee into the forest. Demetrius follows them; and Helena, who loves Demetrius, follows him. Also in the forest are Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, at odds with one another. At Oberon's behest, Puck causes Demetrius to fall in love with Helena -- oops, he missed, that was Lysander instead. Mayhem ensues. In the meantime, a group of bumbling craftsmen rehearses a play. Puck gives one of them, Bottom, the head of an ass and makes Titania fall in love with him. Further hilarity results as Bottom sees nothing at all odd about this. Eventually everything is straightened out, Bottom and the rest "perform" their play, there is a triple wedding, and Puck assures us the whole thing has been a dream. Number of quotes you know: 5 (what fools these mortals be). Useful insults: 19. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)

Cast:

Theseus, Duke of Athens – Mark F. Smith
Egeus, father to Hermia; and Snout, a tinker – John Lieder
Lysander, in love with Hermia – mb
Demetrius, in love with Hermia – David O'Connell
Philostrate, master of the revels – Philippa
Quince, a carpenter – Brian Edwards
Snug, a joiner – Elizabeth Klett
Bottom, a weaver – Simon Taylor
Flute, a bellows-mender – David Nicol
Starveling, a tailor – Jessica Miller
Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons – Cori Samuel
Hermia, daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander – Laurie Anne Walden
Helena, in love with Demetrius – Rosalind Wills
Oberon, king of the fairies – Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
Titania, queen of the fairies – Deborah Irving
Puck, or Robin Goodfellow – Karen Savage
Peaseblossom – Larysa Jaworski
Cobweb – Charlene V. Smith
Moth – Alana Jordan
Mustardseed – Jamie Ash Young
Stage directions – Paul Williams

Fairy song composed and performed by Rosalind Wills; performed by Rosalind Wills and Larysa Jaworski

Audio edited by Cori Samuel and Laurie Anne Walden

(2 hr 4 min)

Chapters

Dramatis Personae 2:30 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act I 20:02 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act II 24:16 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act III 35:49 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act IV 17:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act V 24:46 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

(4.5 stars)

Excellent performance. I am listening at the gym and people are wondering why I chuckle as I ride the elliptical machine.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(3 stars)

Wow... I was a little confuzzled at first but then I read the discription and got back on track. This is now my second or third, i can't decide, favorite Shakespeare play.

(5 stars)

I love this play! We had to read it in class and I read ahead. My favorite Shakespeare play!

Truly stunning

(5 stars)

A fine collaboration of many talented folks. This shall bring forth sweet dreams and fine fantasies.

I LOVED IT!!!!!!

(5 stars)

What!?! I loved the readers they did an excellent gob!

amazing! I love it!

(5 stars)

Hi I'm Gilligan, and I rily love this play, and I love how Shakespeare makes his girls have feeling and are not just there, this is my second favorite play he wrote.

(5 stars)

Some reviewers complains the voices are not good enough. Well, I found the Volunteers did a great job! So please, volunteer and do it better yourself. You are most welcome

That was good and made the trip go by faster. Thanks.

(4 stars)