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Shakespeare Retellings

Always wanted to get into Shakespeare, but a bit afraid to try? We've got you. These retellings and fresh takes on some of the most famous stories in the world will help you go into the mind of the Bard

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By Christopher Moore
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes

“Hilarious, always inventive, this is a book for all, especially uptight English teachers, bardolaters, and ministerial students.”
—Dallas Morning News

Fool—the bawdy and outrageous New York Times bestseller from the unstoppable Christopher Moore—is a hilarious new take on William Shakespeare’s King Lear…as seen through the eyes of the foolish... Read more »

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

By David Wroblewski
Narrated by: Richard Poe
Length: 21 hours 39 minutes

The extraordinary debut novel that became a modern classic

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's... Read more »

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The Gap of Time

William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale Retold: A Novel
Hogarth Shakespeare

By Jeanette Winterson
Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Mark Bazeley & Ben Onwukwe
Length: 7 hours 1 minutes

The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s “late plays.” It tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his beautiful wife. His daughter is found and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of extraordinary events, father and daughter, and eventually mother... Read more »

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Shylock Is My Name

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Retold: A Novel
Hogarth Shakespeare

By Howard Jacobson
Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

Man Booker Prize-winner Howard Jacobson brings his singular brilliance to this modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s most unforgettable characters: Shylock
Winter, a cemetery, Shylock. In this provocative and profound interpretation of The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is juxtaposed against his present-day counterpart in the character of... Read more »

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Vinegar Girl

William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew Retold: A Novel
Hogarth Shakespeare

By Anne Tyler
Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
Length: 5 hours 56 minutes

Vinegar Girl

“Tyler's latest offering is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, in which Shakespeare's works are retold by contemporary authors. In this retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, Kate Battista keeps house for her scientist father and her younger sister, Bunny. When Dr. Battista's lab assistant, Pyotr, is in danger of being deported, a plan is hatched to marry him to Kate so he can stay in the country. The story that follows is a thought-provoking look at the role of women in society, with questions that are just as relevant today as they were more than 400 years ago, all addressed with the same insightful humor that readers have come to expect from Tyler.”

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William Shakespeare's King Lear Retold: A Novel
Hogarth Shakespeare

By Edward St. Aubyn
Narrated by: Henry Goodman
Length: 7 hours 16 minutes

A reimagining of one of Shakespeare's most well-read tragedies, by the contemporary, critically acclaimed master of domestic drama

Henry Dunbar, the once all-powerful head of a global media corporation, is not having a good day. In his dotage he hands over care of the corporation to his two eldest daughters, Abby and Megan, but as relations sour... Read more »

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth Retold: A Novel
Hogarth Shakespeare

By Jo Nesbo
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 17 hours 25 minutes


Shakespeare’s dark and tragic play retold in a heart-pounding New York Times bestselling thriller from the author of The Snowman and The Thirst.

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief... Read more »

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If You Come Softly

Twentieth Anniversary Edition

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Guy Lockard & Jacqueline Woodson
Length: 3 hours 42 minutes

If You Come Softly

“Told in two voices, this is a teen love story filled with quiet innocence, careful wording, and strong questions. When a young Black boy and Jewish girl meet at school, emotions blossom and these star-crossed lovers will show the world that more comes from love than hate. This beautiful cover matches the narration in tone, timeless.”

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Hogarth Shakespeare

By Margaret Atwood
Narrated by: R.H. Thomson
Length: 8 hours 11 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The beloved author of The Handmaid’s Tale reimagines Shakespeare’s final, great play, The Tempest, in a gripping and emotionally rich novel of passion and revenge.
“A marvel of gorgeous yet economical prose, in the service of a story that’s utterly heartbreaking yet pierced by humor, with a plot that retains... Read more »

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Foul is Fair

A Novel

By Hannah Capin
Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

Foul is Fair

“If you liked the movie “Heathers” and you’re fascinated by Lady Macbeth, then this book is for you! Visceral, vivid writing tells the tale of a young girl who is drugged and raped at a prep school party and seeks revenge on the “golden boys” who did it. With the help of her coven of girlfriends, she gets it. It’s dark and disturbing, a topic that is horrifying in reality, but the reading is like a wave you can’t escape and pulls you to the end. Perfectly narrated by Emily Lawrence.”

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A Thousand Acres

By Jane Smiley
Narrated by: C.J. Critt
Length: 14 hours 48 minutes

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Jane Smiley’s spellbinding novel also headed best-seller lists for many months. A Thousand Acres is the powerful, mythic story of an American farm family and the land that nourishes and consumes its members. Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle... Read more »

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Enter Three Witches

By Caroline B. Cooney
Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

Acclaimed children's author Caroline B. Cooney is well-known for her engaging, sophisticated novels for young adults. Here she transports listeners into the world of Shakespeare's Macbeth through the eyes of a young girl named Mary. As a ward of the royal court, Mary has a behind-the- scenes view of the madness taking hold of the warrior and... Read more »

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Still Star-Crossed

By Melinda Taub
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Length: 9 hours 39 minutes

Now an ABC TV show from producer Shonda Rhimes!

Discover what happened after the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to... Read more »

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New Boy

William Shakespeare's Othello Retold: A Novel
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By Tracy Chevalier
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 5 hours 22 minutes

Tracy Chevalier brings Shakespeare’s Othello—a harrowing drama of jealousy and revenge—to a 1970s era elementary school playground. 

Arriving at his fifth school in as many years, diplomat’s son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day—so he’s lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one... Read more »

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I, Iago

A Novel

By Nicole Galland
Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
Length: 12 hours 41 minutes

The critically acclaimed author of The Fool's Tale, Nicole Galland now approaches William Shakespeare's classic drama of jealousy, betrayal, and murder from the opposite side. I, Iago is an ingenious, brilliantly crafted novel that allows one of literature's greatest villains—the deceitful schemer Iago, from the Bard's immortal tragedy,... Read more »

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