Titus Andronicus


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.7 stars; 22 reviews)

Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare's earliest tragedy; it is believed to have been written in the early 1590s. It depicts a Roman general who is engaged in a cycle of revenge with his enemy Tamora, the Queen of the Goths. The play is by far Shakespeare's bloodiest work. It lost popularity during the Victorian era because of its gore, and it has only recently seen its fortunes revive. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Cast:

Aaron: David Goldfarb
Aemilius: Algy Pug
Bassianus: John Kooz
Captain: David Lawrence
Chiron: Strawhenge
Clown: spride
Demetrius: Arielle Lipshaw
First Goth: Arielle Lipshaw
Lavinia: Elizabeth Barr
Lucius: John Fricker
Marcus Andronicus: Matthew Reece
Martius: Algy Pug
Messenger: Elizabeth Klett
Mutius: Ric F
Nurse: rashada
Publius: David Lawrence
Quintus: Amy Gramour
Saturninus: om123
Second Goth: Arielle Lipshaw
Tamora: Elizabeth Klett
Third Goth: Ric F
Titus Andronicus: Michael Irskens
Tribunes: Elizabeth Klett
Young Lucius: Arielle Lipshaw
Narrator: Lauren McCullough

Audio edited by: Arielle Lipshaw

(2 hr 25 min)

Chapters

Dramatis Personae 1:36 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 1 28:00 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 30:27 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 22:15 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 30:06 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 32:59 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

decent but with some annoyances

(2.5 stars)

While I appreciate the efforts of the volunteers, and am very thankful to be able to listen to this play here, a couple of things were very distracting: I could not understand most of Saturninus' lines, which takes a lot of the force and insidiousness away from key parts of the play. Also, the mispronounciation of the names by certain readers was very distracting as well. I don't want to nitpick, but at the same time, certain things that aren't right in a reading can make this resource impossible to use in certain settings. Other than that, a good reading of the play. Elizabeth Klett as Tamora was the highlight.

titus without groans

(3 stars)

Taken for what they are, these libri-vox readings are great, providing a useful resource for teachers, writers and for workshops etc. The readings are variable but enthusiastic and the whole thing is done by volunteers which is pretty remarkable. Credit too for tackling such lesser known fare as Henry VIII and (here) Titus Andronicus. Cheers!