Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The bottom line seems to be that no one really knows anything about Shakespeare's life which made this both a short book and a highly speculative one. However, the wanderings into Elizabethan and Jacobean English history were interesting and Bryson is an excellent storyteller which made this a very good audiobook. The explanations, both in the book itself and in the interview at the end of the audiobook, of why the idea that someone other than Shakespeare wrote his plays is ridiculous was wonderfully done.