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.
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 book does a great job of telling the story and filling in the blanks. I really enjoyed how the authors approached such a historic work. Congratulations
I loved the narration -- I just enjoyed listening to the accent throughout.
The book was pretty good, but a bit heavy handed in its characters
*** Spoiler alert ***
The authors wanted to make Macbeth a more sympathetic character than Shakespeare did and somewhat justify the regicide. However, they went about this with a club. It seemed that the only way they felt they could make Macbeth's actions somewhat justifiable was to make Duncan the embodiment of evil. They portray Duncan, and to a lesser degree Malcolm, as having almost every vice known to man -- greed, lust, laciviousness, cowardice, lack of patriotism, brutality, lack of generosity, lack of loyalty, etc, etc, etc. I understand their motivation, but it was too extremely done. Their depiction of Malcolm was only slightly less severe.
Their depiction of Duncan has no basis in history, nor Shakespeare, and didn't need to be nearly so "over-the-top."
Also, the scene near the end where the weird sisters are talking with Skeena, it looks like a misplaced scene from the Joy Luck Club -- a group of women lamenting their woes at the hands of men. It's a strong, but unbelievable, moment of sisterhood.
Despite what one of the coauthors says in the afterward of the book, they do not reinterpret the text as Shakespeare first did. This was an attempt to fully flesh out centuries old characters with extensive back stories and compelling motivation, but in the end the authors' filled in the blanks of the play's script, despite claims to do the opposite. Want to make it more engaging? Do what Shakespeare did not: extend the story to the length of Macbeth's entire reign! Make the story and the characters layered! Turn it into a true political drama. Make Lady Macbeth more than a hysterical woman grieving for every dead child that she comes across. Show the juxtaposition between the kindness and brutal warrior spirit inside Macbeth. Something! Anything to put meat on this starving husk of one of Shakespeare's bests!
Honestly, I would rather read academic papers on Lady Macbeth being the anti-mother witch and the delve deeper into the witch mythology. In my opinion, the witches, despite their poor characterizations were the most interesting aspect of the novel. Even then, they're not exactly a saving grace for the book. Their circumstances are interesting but in the end they're like everyone else, easily dismissible. In the end, the same could be said for the novel itself: it is easily dismissible.
This isn't what I thought. It was on sale and seeing that it was Shakespeare I thought I would give it a go. Maybe that was my problem, this isn't Shakespeare. I thought it was average at best and felt a little cheated by not experiencing more of Shakespeare. My fault for not paying more attention to the summary of the book.
The narrator was OK; not great. It was good to have a Scottish accent tell the story but his characters all sounded basically the same.
Anyway, not my cup of tea I guess.
I find it hard to believe that the same men behind the great Hamlet novelization audiobook wrote this novelization of Macbeth! This is simply badly written - language and style is heavy handed and overwrought, probably made worse by the strength of the narration's Scottish accent. The story they conceived is good, but the audiobook it became is only fair.