Prince Frederick, MD, April 11, 2007–Recorded Books, the world´s premiere publisher of unabridged audiobooks since 1979 and a Haights Cross Communications company, said today that it has introduced "Shakespeare Appreciated," a series of full-cast, unabridged audio performances of Shakespeare plays.

These audio productions, originally produced in the United Kingdom in association with SmartPass, feature accomplished actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and the BBC and commentary by experts in English literature and history. The commentary has been provided by Shakespeare experts and experienced teachers of English and history. These Shakespeare audio productions, which are relevant for both Shakespeare scholars as well as novice audiences, are the perfect way to enter the world of Shakespeare and be guided through his age.

Audio recordings of "Macbeth," "Romeo and Juliet," Twelfth Night," "Othello," and Henry V" are available immediately in CD format; the audio production of "King Lear" will be available later in 2007. Each CD contains both a recording of the play in full without commentary and a recording of the play with commentary.

About Recorded Books:

Recorded Books, a Haights Cross Communications company, produces and distributes unabridged audiobooks and other audio products to public and university libraries and schools, in cassette, CD, and downloadable formats. Over 8,000 titles are available for adults, children, and young adults in English and Spanish languages narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books also distributes music, educational lectures, independent films, and nonfiction films on DVD. Packaging is designed for high circulation. One-year warranty, cataloging, processing, and free marc records are available. For more information, visit

About Haights Cross Communications:

Founded in 1997 and based in White Plains, NY, Haights Cross is a leading developer and publisher of products for the kindergarten through twelfth grade, or K-12, supplemental education, library, and medical education markets. Haights Cross imprints include: Sundance/Newbridge Educational Publishing (Northborough, MA), Triumph Learning (New York, NY), Buckle Down Publishing (Iowa City, IA), Options Publishing (Merrimack, NH), Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), and Oakstone Publishing (Birmingham, AL). For more information, visit

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