King Lear


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.2 stars; 41 reviews)

King Lear is widely held as the greatest of Shakespeare's tragedies; to some, it is the greatest play ever written. King Lear abdicates the British throne, to divide his kingdom among his three daughters in proportion to their professed love of him. His plan misfires when Cordelia, his youngest and favourite daughter, refuses to flatter her father; she is disinherited and banished.

This LibriVox recording marks the 400th anniversary of the first performance of the play, on December 26th 1606. (Summary by David Barnes).

Cast list

(3 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Act 1 53:42 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 38:56 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 38:38 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 42:54 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 28:52 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

pretty good

(4 stars)

It was pretty good. There were quite a few mistakes in wording and a few lines got missed. But overall it was pretty good. The only other thing is that Regen sounded like a old lady rather than a young woman.

Great revision for test

(4 stars)

A great study resource for any test on the King Lear

This is a bit gruesome in some places, but overall a great book!

(4.5 stars)

Thank you

(5 stars)

Thanks to the volunteers. Great work. 😊

FAIRLY WELL DONE

(3.5 stars)

Most of the readers did a credibke job, although a couple succumbed to the "emotting" one often encounters in the unpracticed Shakespearean actor. A bit of the dialogue was too soft to hear properly--this was unfortunate. BUT, to have a female read the role of a man? UNFORGIVEABLE!!!