Oh, the deep, brooding tempest of Macbeth and the twisted consequences of free will.....amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's take on the witches three. They were not the harbingers of doom, merely "innocent " bystanders observing the characters choose their paths and unfortunately their destruction. The narration was incredible. Definitely worth the listen. Enjoy.
...please! This is the first of two novelisations written by this very talented pair of Shakespeare's plays. I listened to both of them this week, having just happened upon their retelling of Hamlet. Bravo! True enough to their source, they also breathe new life into them. Whether you are already familiar with the tales or, perhaps even more so, if you are not, give either of these a listen. Time and credits well spent indeed.
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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.
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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.