Venus and Adonis (dramatic reading)

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.5 stars; 31 reviews)

Venus and Adonis is Shakespeare's narrative poem about the love of the goddess Venus for the mortal youth Adonis, dedicated partly to his patron, the Earl of Southampton (thought by some to be the beautiful youth to which many of the Sonnets are addressed). The poem recounts Venus' attempts to woo Adonis, their passionate coupling, and Adonis' rejection of the goddess, to which she responds with jealousy, with tragic results. This recording features three different readers performing the narration, Venus, and Adonis. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Read by Elizabeth Klett, Arielle Lipshaw, Bob Gonzalez (1 hr 8 min)


1 - Venus and Adonis 1:08:34 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


poor recording quality

(1 stars)

Venus sounds like she was recorded on an iPhone and standing ten feet away. Narrator sounds computerized.

(4 stars)

after listening 2 more time will give a better review

I love the readers

(5 stars)

I recommend reading along.

(5 stars)

Softcore by Shakespeare—what’s not to like?