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(4.2 stars; 161 reviews)

Othello is the story of a cross-cultural romance between the title character, a noble moor who is a general in the Venetian army, and Desdemona, a beautiful and virtuous Venetian lady. The newly-married couple fall prey to the machinations of Iago, Othello's jealous ensign, who plots to destroy their union. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Duke of Venice: Filippo Gioachin
Brabantio: om123
First Senator: David Lawrence
Second Senator: Lucy Perry
Gratiano: Denny Sayers
Lodovico: Lars Rolander
Othello: Bruce Pirie
Cassio: Mark F. Smith
Iago: mb
Montano: Robert Keiper
Roderigo: Matthew Hill
Clown: rashada
Herald: Celeste Johnston
Desdemona: Availle
Emilia: Elizabeth Klett
Bianca: Nadine Eckert-Boulet
First Gentleman: Sonja
Second Gentleman: Lars Rolander
Third Gentleman: Miriam Esther Goldman
Fourth Gentleman: Adam Baillie
Sailor: Celeste Johnston
First Musician: nathank
First Officer: Elizabeth Klett
Messenger: Adam Baillie
Narrator: Arielle Lipshaw

Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett (3 hr 7 min)


Dramatis Personae 2:17 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 1 38:39 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 38:56 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 40:49 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 34:40 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 31:42 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


a great story

(2.5 stars)

A classic. Most of the voice actors are great, though some of them need to get a decent microphone. Some of the audio quality is so low that you can't understand the words, and it takes you out of the story. Also, othello's voice is extremely loud compared to everyone else. Though I recognize this is all volunteer work, this is a simple fix in post production.

(4 stars)

Well casted with unique and clear voices. The recording was uneven at times and Desdemona's voice takes some getting used to and Iago is slightly annoying but overall a good performance.

Another classic

(5 stars)

Another classic frkom Shakespear. Good readers. Idoubt any one of shakespear's.wo4ks fail to hold well despkte its age.

Rating of Recording

(2 stars)

I ended up just reading Act I because so many of those parts were poorly done. Brabantio and Iago are very difficult to understand. The Turkish sailor is nearly impossible to hear because of the bad quality of the recording. Even the Duke of Venice is a little difficult to understand. The Herald in Act II, Scene 2 desperately needs to be rerecorded! The quality is so bad I couldn't understand a thing. I quite enjoyed Desdemona's accent but she was a bit quiet. Emilia really stole the show though. Her's was not only clear and a good quality recording but she also got into it and made Emilia come alive! Kudos!

Thanks but it’s quite poor

(2 stars)

Rodrigo voice actor seems like he was forced to participate in this. Only Emilia actor was truly brilliant and Desdemona was good as well. Iago actor seems very sincere but he speaks through his nose and so weird inflection. Barbantio was horrible. anyway, it’s all volunteers so I can’t be all too high and mighty, so Thank You! Yet, other LibriVox entries have done much better than this one 😕

(2 stars)

Iago's voice is irritating!! Othello's was the only clear one except that the gravel in his voice gets annoying after sometime. It was too long a script by shakespeare only to see very little happening....

very difficult to hear

(1.5 stars)

Stone readers are totally incomprehensible, whether for sound quality on the one hand or strong non-native accents on the other.

(3 stars)

pretty good, but too much variation in volume. and too many females reading male parts. it gets confusing. I still liked it