I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I bought the book because other reviewers recommended it as adding depth to the play. The play is shorter, true, but all the additions from this retelling of the Shakespeare classic only added tediously to the length of the story, doing nothing to add insight or value.
I expected this version to increase my understanding of the history of Scotland or the politics of Scotland at the time of the story. Indeed, I thought this book would be a blending of history and a classic story.
I would not recommend this book for people who enjoy history. I would recommend this to listeners who enjoy drama, or maybe melodrama. If you liked Macbeth, the play, but wish it were four times as long and more depressingly violent and grotesque, buy this book.
I have to admit, in retrospect, I was at fault for expecting to enjoy the book. I knew the story and should have remembered that there is nothing in in to give one faith in human nature. I will now go mope around depressively.
I liked the human side the author's created. I didn't always agree with some of the characteristic choices the authors assigned to some of the well known characters, but I guess that's the beauty of literature, we all bring personal expectations to things we read.
Macbeth was interesting to me as a novel because I hate teaching it to my seniors. I was hoping to connect to it more, and I think it worked. I'm going to give it another try; I might even play one of the battle scenes for the kids.
I think the battle scenes were really well written. It was not difficult to picture the scenes, especially at the end when Macduff challenges Macbeth. I often had trouble with Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Sometimes their relationship was weakly drawn.
I haven't listened to him before - I will though. I liked him.
I would, but only if you listen to audio books, like I do, to fall asleep. It will knock you out in 20 minutes.
I keep having to start over, because I keep falling asleep. So the first 3 chapters are wonderful.
NO. He's droning and without passion in acting.
Its a sleeper. If you are like me and need to wind your mind down to sleep at night (because of work, school, etc...) this is a GREAT book.
I bought this book partly on the high recommendations, which demonstrates that one can easily be mislead. While the narration was satisfactory, the characters in this "attempt" at a novel are nothing but cardboard cut-outs. There is zero depth to any character in the book. The book is heavily laden with overworn cliches such as "the milk of human kindness." Are you kidding me? It was at this point that I quit listening to the book and deleted it from my library. I'd be as well satisfied by a Harlequin Romance... and probably get a better story as well.
My main regrets are the money I wasted on this book, and the hours I wasted listening to half of it.
I have finished, at time of writing, 43 out of 43 audiobooks I have gotten from audible, meaning I have always finished what I buy. I stopped listening to this after 5 minutes. The author has a very strong scotish accent, which I get MacBeth is scotish and all, but at the same time I cannot understand the narrator. I had to give up. No idea how the book turns out, though I was excited about it. Guess I'll have to get a written book.
If you can't watch or read the play, then I highly recommend this novelization. This novel explains and explores what is drama and nuance in the play. The novel tells me what I can deeply feel and know from watching the play. That's my reason for giving the story 3 stars--I prefer the original.
I am a lover of all things Shakespeare, so assumed I would enjoy this modern rendition narrated by the lyrical Alan Cumming. MacBeth has never disappointed me and have been pleased with the many dramatizations I've seen in the last 40 years. This audio book was quite disappointing. Actually, it was dreadful. It was becoming so gruesome about 40% into the play that I threw my recording CV's away. That said, this is never an easy play. At times, it is overpowering in its intensity. This recording however, was pure and simply horror - and overly bloody at that. If you are looking for this sort of recording of this Shakespeare classic, then this is for you. If you are hoping for something more versatile, rich and entertaining, look elsewhere.
I had a hard time getting through the story because the narration is just boring, flat, no real emotion. It's a good book to listen to if you want to go to sleep. It just drones on and on. I didn't finish it.
I am not really sure who this book is for. I love MacBeth, the play, and the idea of putting it in context I thought was pretty great, but honestly this is just not well written. It drags on, and this is with Allan Cumming, I imagine that someone less gifted would make it slightly more like plowing cement with a hot dog. If this book was read to someone on life support, I would imagine they would awake just to sign a DNR order... And, that's just the Forward...
never written it
He did the best he could, but I would have rather he was utilized for something readable
I could return it.
I think I've said enough...