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...
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OK, first thing. I didn't get far into this. I loved the Scottish brogue! I love the idea of a novelization of "the Scottish play"! I don't understand why every writer feels the neccessity of writing about sex. I can deal with it, but c'mon! Shakespeare was not scared of writing about sex, look at all of his plays! The thing is, to make one of the witches a sex object right from the gate is just disrespectful of the play. I just couldn't get through the long discussion of her and sex to get to the rest of the story. Cumming sounded great, but the story is lacking.
What a disappointment. He changed the nature of Macbeth from a faithful general who becomes a traitor to another scheming person waiting for an opportunity. Duncan went from a good and kind leader to a leacherous old man who deserved to be removed from the throne. The sons were totally unworthy of the throne. Since Shakespeare wrote the play to ingratiate himself with the royal family this hardly seems like that kind of tale. My daughter (an English teacher) and I turned it off even though it is a short book.
I wouldn't listen to this novel again although I might read it. The narration was atrocious. The pervasive fake Scottish accent nearly ruined the experience for me. I only kept listening because the story behind the mysterious and often poorly motivated characters in Shakespeare's play was so interesting.
The scenes with the witches, especially that familiar first meeting with Macbeth and Banquo, were wildly imaginative.
The fake Scottish accent was truly horrible. It vacillated wildly from very strong to barely present. At the very least if the narrator had kept the accent confined to dialogue and left it out of the narrative, this might have improved the whole. This is one of the most disappointing audio books I have purchased from the stand point of the narration.
The story is very creative, providing an attempt to understand the psychology behind the characters who seem somewhat two dimensional in Shakespeare's work. The story behind the
If blood, gore, and witches are your taste, you will get plenty of these. I enjoyed all the action, blood and all.
It must have been written with a movie in mind, and I am sure the scenery was magnificent - and the heavy-handed plot (lots of muscle, but little brain) would be no difficulty there.
After MacBeth became King, the story started falling apart, and I stopped listening to it.
Where he killed the traitor, realized he had probably made a mistake, but put it out of his mind.
Narration is excellent, sounds like a Scot
Having never studied Shakespear I thought I'd give this audio book a listen. It's definitely riveting! (I couldn't stop listening to it) As a Christian I strongly recommend NOT listening to it. It's dark. It's R rated, and it gives two messages that aren't necessarily true.
Fist message: Evil suggestions can come from readily identifiable evil sources. Not true: Evil can come in the nicest, friendliest and most appealing ways. However the book accurately portrays the fact that we humans have evil lurking within us that can easily come out given the right circumstances.
Second message: If you live in a black and white world of right and wrong, and you've been doing right most of your life, and then decide to do evil, you will quickly descend into even worse evil. So you better keep a balanced head and live in the grey zone. My take: There is an element of truth to that, but rather than live in the grey zone, flee to God for redemption through Jesus. Confess your sins to your fellow men and ask for forgiveness. Restoration is possible, and peace of mind can be had! (Actually that possibility was open to Macbeth in this story by his friend [in a more limited way] but he was too weak to take it)
On a technical level: Excellent Job guys!