The story and narration .
Brings a classic story to the masses.
All scenes with the 3 sisters.
When Lady McBeth met her end.
I wish there were more modern versions of these classic stories. I recently read Stephem Mitchell's modern version of The ILLIAD that was excellent also. Any suggestions for others?
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.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
WOW. So this is what it's like to understand a Shakespeare play - I mean to *really* understand it! This prosiac version of Macbeth is anything but: it is lyrical, haunting, dramatic, terrifying, beautiful, compelling and fascinating. The three crones are at once revolting and mesmerizing. The good fortune of the Macbeths is fraught with foreshadowing terror. The noble Banquo well meaning, far sighted and yet doomed. I thought this approach to Shakespeare brilliant for the illiterates like myself and I am eager to devour the authors' version of Hamlet soon!
Vivid, tragic, stirring
The performance is incredible! The range of talent that Mr. Cumming brings to bear on the sheer number and kinds of characters is amazing. His narration brings Scotland to life...
Banquo - with his deep, booming voice and his physical presence.
Macbeth himself. He seems honorable and just overall, but tragically flawed. I'd love to get to know him better.
Listening to this *novel* adapted from Shakespeare just about left me in despair - the story is vivid and the tragedy unfolds perfectly. There is such a remarkable and unstoppable descent to the bitter end that you cannot tear yourself away.
I went into this book weary. I generally don't like "new" approaches to classics but took a chance on Macbeth simply because it was on sale. I feel no need to discuss the plot (you should know the story by now anyways) and simply need to say that I loved it enough that I hope the author does this with other material. Think Game of Thrones with a more meaningful plot and that's what you're getting.