What they’re saying…
I think Romeo and Juliet is the greatest, most tragic love story ever told. What David Hewson did with this script is so exciting to me. I really love the fact that he followed avenues that Shakespeare suggested but didn’t necessarily detail in depth. If you want to immerse yourself in a warm bath of Garganega and the heat of Verona and hear a brilliant story about a young woman who is challenging the restraints of her time, listen to this audiobook, which has romance, poetry, politics, and humor to spare.
– Richard Armitage
In the Verona of 1499, the offspring of two warring noble families meet and fall in love. Welcome to one of the oldest romances in the world, one reimagined in modern language for the twenty first century, with twists and turns that are not to be found in the original Italian fables or Shakespeare.
Written primarily from the point of view of Juliet, a bright, rebellious sixteen-year-old, this is a story of a young woman’s search for freedom and the right to determine her own life, not have it fixed for her by others, her parents, the Church or her husband.
Based on Romeo and Juliet, the Audie-winning audio production performed by Richard Armitage, it’s a story you think you know: the age-old tale of “star-cross’d lovers”; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare’s work quite like this….
The book reworks and expands on the classic story so that it becomes something richer, something new and entirely its own. Much more than a simple love story, it is a brilliant examination of young versus old, hope against despair, and, for Juliet, the search for individual identity at a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel.
Told in modern language, with twists and turns that don’t appear in the original, Juliet and Romeo is a classic Renaissance love story for today.