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.
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It was a very palatable way to truly understand Macbeth
Shakespeare is not always easy to appreciate. I thoroughly enjoyed this approach.
Let me start with this. I have not read or watched Shakespeare's original, or any other version of this story. I have NO idea how it compares.
That being said it was a well written NOVEL. The narrator was AMAZING! I did not want to put it down. I felt emotionally connected to the characters and sad when some died.
Intriguing , imaginative and well-crafted.
And the narrator, Alan Cumming, brings it to life. Like Shakespeare? You'll love this. Don't like Shakespeare? You'll love this.
To its credit, I must say it is interesting in what it adds to the play, but it is written with such a heavy hand as to become tedious. The author is monotonous in his portrayal of grim events—there is nothing else in the story and soon all grinlmness becomes tedious and insignificant (there is a reason why the play is short and the authors didn't catch it.) It doesn't have the glaring logical/plot holes of their adaptation of Hamlet, but fails in the most important and most interesting task it set out to accomplish: the portrayal of a good man turning into an evil monster. The authors gave it too much for granted and, after building Macbeth into a good and honest men, just make him slip with a couple of strokes into bad, not making much sense along the way. That part should have been the most important and most interesting of the story, but instead is given mostly for granted and not given the development it needed.
Alan Cumming was excellent in his reading.
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.