A masterpiece - brilliant writing combined with a flawless performance breathes new life into Shakespeare's classic. One of best audible books you'll ever listen to.
I've been an audiobook fan since I first listened to Stephen King narrate "Bag of Bones" a decade ago. I love books!!!
I have not read the print version, but as this is an unabridged reading of the novel, I think it would rate higher. The fact that a trained actor and native Scotsman is reading aloud seems to breathe life and color into the story that wouldn't have been there, even with my active imagination. Now keep in mind, Macbeth is my favorite of Shakespeare's works. So initially I was hesitant to purchase this novel, but the lure of listening to a Scottish accent for a few hours won out over my fear that somebody had butchered the original story. I'd recently been listening to another audiobook with Scottish accents, so the transition was fairly seamless for me. However, Alan Cumming has an elegant Scottish brogue and reading tempo, making it easy to slip into the story. The accent adds color to the reading, rather than detracting from it. The authors have fleshed out the original story presented to us by Shakespeare, each character has a backstory that becomes apparent throughout the novel, adding texture and richness that are provided by props in the live play and by the reader's imagination in print. It was delightful to find, as the author says in the afterword, that the original story is there and has not been altered. Just enhanced.
Without giving too much of the story away to those not familiar with it as of yet, the most memorable line in the entire novel is when the youngest witch whispers in Skena's ear... "Sometimes, I lie."
My favorite scene in this audiobook is of Banquo's ghost. I love observing the psychology behind the actions and listening to the dialogue of the characters in this scene. All actions have consequences - observing how these characters handle them is fascinating.
Macbeth: The Scottish Play. Although I do not believe that the play itself is cursed, I think the characters are - that is what Shakespeare and the authors are trying to tell us. Cursed by greed, jealousy, lust and fear.
This is an excellent listen - a treat that I will happily partake of on a regular basis.
The personalities, motivations and passions behind school-learned names come alive in the best possible way in this book. I was enthralled by the authors' expansion of the tale into this narrative creation.
And Alan Cummins' performance was the best twist of all. His Scottish authenticity kept the characters ringing in my ears long past the end of the book.
Recommended for anyone who likes Game of Thrones, Shakespeare, or a story in which good people make bad choices.
Not the audiobook. The novel itself is very interesting. I've always wanted to see Macbeth as a novel vs. a play. However, as wonderful a character actor as Jim Cummings is, he is not that great of a narrator. His Scottish accent is so thick it is hard to understand and he doesn't distinguish the characters by doing the different voices very well (the big reason I almost exclusively read audiobooks these days).
Braveheart. Pillars of the Earth. I don't usually read novels like this, but it compares to any of the other good, medieval historical fiction I have read.
The voices and less of an accent.
No, it's very long and hard to listen to. The narrator's strong accent makes it difficult to do anything else while listening because you have to concentrate on his words so much in order to understand what he's saying.
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Same old... I found it borning to be honest, and I am rarely bored by my choices.
Disappointment. Waste of money. Persevered for a couple of hours and gave up.
This is the best version of the great tale I've ever came across. The narration is superb.
This is my best audible experience so far. I have found that I get bored about half way through most of the books I have tried. This one, however, kept me coming back for more. It also helps that it was not terribly long.
MacBeth was a great character. Listening to his emotional struggles and his attempts to hold on to what made him such a good man in the first place, drives the story. I have never read the play, so I did not know the story.
The narrator had an accent that helped with atmosphere. If I had read the book, I would not have heard Scotland in my mind's ear.
I felt like I was taking a big risk with this book. I’ve never liked Shakespeare plays on TV and didn’t like reading them in high school. After reading the reviews and listening to the preview, I decided to risk a credit. Glad I did! This book features an excellent narration and a great, well written story. No boring moments, lots of detailed action and a bit of interesting history. This book is a rare gem!
Alan Cumming narrating in his native speaking voice makes this worth the listen. The story is not that different from the Shakespeare version but its a fun listen.
Not a very long novel so did not take me long to listen to.
Yes, it was more than I expected and I know I missed some activity. I already have relistened to different segments and had missed crucial items in the first listening.
I had to read Macbeth in English Lit & just didn't get the poetry and the rhythm. this was much more enjoyable!
when the young orphan died drinking the wine Lady Macbeth made for the guards, and when Macbeth tries to justify their actions for the murder and of course
No, but I'll be looking for more! I love when the narrator takes on the accent & culture of the main character, it adds so much to the reading & meaning of the book!