AMAZING performance!!! What a thrilling book to listen to! Far better than the play!
Action. Treachery. Ruin.
The heavy testosterone kept it interesting and exciting.
It's a toss up between Macbeth and Banquo--they seemed so alive in the narrative.. It's embarassing to say it, but I think today they's be described as "hot."
Macbeth's wife is incredibly supportive of her husband and wise to the ways of the world. The relationship had a very modern feel to it. But like him, she was not meant to cross the the line of morality.
It's generally hard for me to relate to Shakespeare in the way that the audiences of his time would have heard and understood-and enjoyed- the story.. This version felt film-like. I could virtually "see" and understand the characters -- the influences, the decisions, and consequences and how these things affected the characters. All in all, so well done I could hardly put it down.
The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
Macbeth was my favorite character. He was a good man but was in over his head and took some very bad advice.
The correct pronounciation and accent.
Thank you! I will listen to this one over and over again.
I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines.
The change of voice for each charactor.
I laughed and Felt sad.
It is Macbeth a Novel not the play, for those losey critics .
Alan Cumming's performance was amazing. What a voice.
The story was excellent. Hartley and Hewson fleshed out the story and added some interesting twists. The perspective of the Macbeth's was also interesting.
I had decided to read one "classic" a month and chose Macbeth thinking it would be tedious. What a pleasant surprise. This was a good listen.
No however it brings new life to the tale.
This is the first time I purchased an audiobook where Alan Cummings has narrated. I am fascinated with his talent in characterization, voice acting, and overall narration of the entire story. I look forward to more performances by Alan Cummings.
Very happy with this purchase and have already recommended it to friends. Even if I had seen, read and listened to previous performances of Macbeth, this audiobook version was more than worth my time.
I'm all for giving old, great stories new life and that's what Macbeth: A Novel does. Back when I was a high school student, I always liked the stories of Shakespeare, I just couldn't get past the language. While beautifully written, it was sometimes hard to decipher due to the differences in language 300 years later.
Macbeth: A Novel is a great retelling of the story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well read by Alan Cumming, I blew through this in no time. It was an audio "page turner".
The characters and historical events depicted in the play were explained in more detail while the language was preserved.
Botched assassination of King Duncan.
His speech is clear and easy to understand although the novel is performed in accent. The narrator has a pleasant voice.
I would enjoy exploring other Shakespearean plays in this way.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss
I had been curious about this novelization of the Shakespeare classic for some time, and after seeing it on sale decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did! The listener is immediately drawn in from the very first scene with the weird sisters, which establishes the creepy, foreboding tone from the start. A glimpse into the role the sisters play is provided which lets us know we are in for something different than what might be expected. We know this story is going to lend greater insight into the motivations of the characters. The sisters are witches, yet so much more. They not only embody the themes of the play but are also weaved into the tapestry of the tragedies yet to unfold. We ultimately learn something of why they are there and where they come from. There is no black or white, but a multitude of shades in between. From the sisters to Macbeth and to Lady Macbeth, all are both despicable and pitiable at once. As the tension rises with each tragic event we feel sorrow, anger, frustration, heartache, shock, and consternation in turns, yet we never grow to truly hate any of them. At the heart of it we know they merely represent insight into, a warning of, the human condition. The shining threads uncoil revealing layers masking raw primordial instincts beneath. Macbeth is both brave and loyal warrior and paranoid, power-mad ruler; Lady Macbeth, heartbroken mother and ambitious schemer; the sisters, gleeful puppet-masters and helpless victims.
Ultimately it is a story about the perilous traps of greed, power, and ambition and their eventual, uttermost consequences. The authors have successfully translated these themes in a manner more accessible yet still honorable to the original. The narration by Alan Cumming is inspired, and in a word ... brilliant. Listen on if you are prepared to hold up the mirror of this centuries-spanning collaboration into the dark heart of human drive and weakness.
I am a Superintendent of several K-12 Online School programs. I travel extensively with a book in my ear hours every day.
This novel gave us all the intrigue, romance, torment, politics, obsession and passion without the difficult Elizabethan English and challenging dialogue in the original language of Shakespeare. It was well written by Shakespearian authorities and gave us the important and poignant lessons of the original. Bravo to Hartley and Hewson and we cry for more translation of the beloved playwright.
The vivid and terrifying images of “three sisters” will haunt me.
The performance and narration of the key character, Macbeth, in his thoughts, his transparency and his goodness gone bad was captivating in ways that few novels can.
As Macbeth and his wife take the plunge together into murder and despair one is chilled to the bone of how such good can succumb to such evil on in the name of what is good and right. Can anyone escape this flaw in the human condition? This novel keeps us ever before the axiom: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” I recently heard the King Maker and political advisor, Karl Rove, say that he learned more about politics studying Shakespeare than he did in all the Poli-Sci classes combined in his education.