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From Shakespeare With Love is the title of this collection of the Bard's Sonnet's read by some great voices, including David Tennant.

Other readers include:

Juliet Stevenson, Antone Lesser*, Maxine Peake**, Stella Gonet, Bertie Carvel,*** Alex Jennings, Gunnar Cauthery, Jonathan Keeble, Roy McMillan, Tom Mison, Ann-Marie Piazza, Hugh Ross, Benjamin Soames, and Trevor White.

*appears in Einstein and Eddington with David.

**she plays Hero in the BBC Radio 3 production of Much Ado About Nothing.

***makes an appearance in the Doctor Who episode The Lazarus Experiment

The CD, directed by David Timson, was released on March 30, 2009 to mark the 400th anniversary of the first publication of The Sonnets in 1609.  The runtime is one hour 15 minutes.  Click here to read David Timson's article about the Sonnet's.

David recorded his sonnets, at the Naxos Studios, in January of 2009, shortly after the close of Hamlet.

He actually reads more than any of the other contributors, 8 in total and as a bonus his is the first and last voice you hear.

Review from AudioFile Magazine - April 2009 - S.J. Henschel

Naxos AudioBooks and David Timson offer a collection of the best of Shakespeare’s love sonnets in celebration of the 400th anniversary of their first appearance in print.

They’re perfect for audio. Director Timson lets the poems speak for themselves through the voices and interpretations of a group of diverse and talented actors.

Listeners are treated to some of the Bard’s lesser-known sonnets as well as some of his most famous, including David Tenant’s reading of Sonnet 18: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”;

Juliet Stevenson’s version of Sonnet 116: “Let me not to the marriage of true minds…”; and David Timson’s rendering of Sonnet 29: “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes…”

Each gem illustrates Shakespeare’s take on the multifaceted nature of love, from obsession and possession to longing and delight. A must for any collection.


Sonnet 11: 

Best pronunciation of the word RUDE in the history of recording! (IMHO)

David reads the following Sonnet's:

Sonnet 2 - When forty winters shall besiege thy brow

Sonnet 7 - Lo! in the orient when the gracious light

Sonnet 9 - Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye

Sonnet 11 - As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow'st

Sonnet 14- Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck

Sonnet 17 - Who will believe my verse in time to come

Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day

Sonnet 154 - The little Love - god lying once asleep

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