Listening and comparing the story to the Shakespeare version.
The rich detail that gives a much more nuanced understanding of the motivations of the characters. It was wonderful to see everyone painted in shades of complex grays - rather than in stark black and whites.
No. I thought the narration was generally good. Though the attempt as women's voices was a little odd.
I listened to this almost non-stop during my recent vacation travels. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next - even though I already knew the story.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I enjoyed the beginning and the end. The Epilogue was interesting, too. I started listening hoping for "Shakespeare meets history", but I felt it was more the former and less of the latter. To be fair, this is made clear by the Epilogue, but by then my expectation had failed. I liked the grittiness. However, ignoring the apparent golden summer (about 10 years) of Macbeth's reign left me feeling like I'd missed the "good Macbeth" which the authors say they came to like. Apart from one short passage about the good things planned and mapped out on his table, we don't see the best of a character that, for all his obvious vices and faults, had, the authors might argue, noble intentions. In that we miss the chance to reflect of a not-so-modern phenomenon, replayed regularly across the world, particularly, it seems, in Africa. Worth the listen.
Audio Addict! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!
What an amazing book! The authors of this really transformed a Shakespearean play into a fascinating, accessible historical novel. The performance is extraordinary. The authors use lyrical prose that flows naturally, as opposed to a rigid adherence to awkward Shakespearean dialogue.
It's just a really great historical novel. I listened in one sitting!
I had read much of Shakespeare's work, but somehow I never read Macbeth. So it's a double treat for me!
I hope to see more from this writing team!
this is an amazing telling of Macbeths story. We may think we know the story from reading Shakespeares version but after listening to this retelling of the story you really can get into the characters, especially the three witches.
The three witches come to life in this telling.
The ending is so compelling-taking you years into Scotland's future.
The other novel by Hartley and Hewson, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. I actually liked Hamlet better because I felt the authors had a more unique approach to that story.
It is a very interesting version of a familiar story. The authors develop the plot lines and characters in order to better understand the characters and their actions. Some interesting minor characters are brought to the forefront of the story as well.
After listening to Richard Armitage's excellent narration of David Hewson and A.J. Hartley's "Hamlet", I was eager to give "Macbeth" a go. Alan Cumming isn't quite the narrator that Armitage is, but who is? As for the story itself, Hewson and Hartley have turned in another excellent novelization of one of Shakespeare's classic plays. Naturally, when turning a 2-3 hour play into novel form, some of Shakespeare's lines have to be more fully fleshed out, but none of that fleshing out feels awkward in the least.
If you're a Shakespeare fan, or just love a good story, "Macbeth" shouldn't be missed!
Macbeth was always one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and I am a huge fan of Alan Cumming. The combination was irresistible. I loved being able to get into the characters' heads the way only a novel allows, and the combination of real history of the infamous play, as well as a few original details, was simply delightful. That being said, the best part of the whole experience was Alan's narration. From the first line to the last, Alan delivered a performance that at once was engaging and innovative, easily separating each character into a unique entity, and his natural Scottish brogue only served to further the feeling of being there as it happened.
Lover of books and fictions reads.
The back story given to a lot of the side characters, especiall Macbeth and the witches!
There are multiple points of view
The realisation that the youngest witch may be the most powerful and strange one.
Lady Macbeth, she needs a sympathetic ear and sensible advice most of all.
For those who love Shakespeare's work, especially Macbeth, this is a great addition!
Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.
Yes. It's a fun, fast paced thriller.
I have. I listened to Hamlet which I liked a lot.
This is a fast paced but gory thriller about curmudgeonly people killing other curmudgeons in early Scotland. The witches are fun. The story is straightforward and easy to follow but just a wee bit formulaic. Overall a good listen but not Dostoevsky.