The personalities, motivations and passions behind school-learned names come alive in the best possible way in this book. I was enthralled by the authors' expansion of the tale into this narrative creation.
And Alan Cummins' performance was the best twist of all. His Scottish authenticity kept the characters ringing in my ears long past the end of the book.
Recommended for anyone who likes Game of Thrones, Shakespeare, or a story in which good people make bad choices.
I LOVE audiobooks. Audible is the only way I read my favorite books.
Not the audiobook. The novel itself is very interesting. I've always wanted to see Macbeth as a novel vs. a play. However, as wonderful a character actor as Jim Cummings is, he is not that great of a narrator. His Scottish accent is so thick it is hard to understand and he doesn't distinguish the characters by doing the different voices very well (the big reason I almost exclusively read audiobooks these days).
Braveheart. Pillars of the Earth. I don't usually read novels like this, but it compares to any of the other good, medieval historical fiction I have read.
The voices and less of an accent.
No, it's very long and hard to listen to. The narrator's strong accent makes it difficult to do anything else while listening because you have to concentrate on his words so much in order to understand what he's saying.
This is my best audible experience so far. I have found that I get bored about half way through most of the books I have tried. This one, however, kept me coming back for more. It also helps that it was not terribly long.
MacBeth was a great character. Listening to his emotional struggles and his attempts to hold on to what made him such a good man in the first place, drives the story. I have never read the play, so I did not know the story.
The narrator had an accent that helped with atmosphere. If I had read the book, I would not have heard Scotland in my mind's ear.
I felt like I was taking a big risk with this book. I’ve never liked Shakespeare plays on TV and didn’t like reading them in high school. After reading the reviews and listening to the preview, I decided to risk a credit. Glad I did! This book features an excellent narration and a great, well written story. No boring moments, lots of detailed action and a bit of interesting history. This book is a rare gem!
This is a hard book to review. In one sense it is very compelling and certainly the narration by Alan Cummings make the story more vivid than another narrator would.
The background premise of turning Shakespeare's play into a novel is somewhat less successful. I think the role in the story played by the 3 witches is overdone and they are far too prominent in the story. I guess somehow I prefer Shakespeare's play or Verdi's Opera to this novel.
The first part of the books is much better than the end -- after the murder of King Duncan I think the books goes downhill very rapidly and degernates into just mindless descriptions of slaughter interspersed with the witches. The books really takes too many liberties of Shakespeare and with history to be a satisfying book.
Audible Addict. Hopelessly addicted to Audible and find myself listening to books at every chance. The Audible sales feed my addiction!!
Alan Cumming narrating in his native speaking voice makes this worth the listen. The story is not that different from the Shakespeare version but its a fun listen.
Not a very long novel so did not take me long to listen to.
Yes, it was more than I expected and I know I missed some activity. I already have relistened to different segments and had missed crucial items in the first listening.
I had to read Macbeth in English Lit & just didn't get the poetry and the rhythm. this was much more enjoyable!
when the young orphan died drinking the wine Lady Macbeth made for the guards, and when Macbeth tries to justify their actions for the murder and of course
No, but I'll be looking for more! I love when the narrator takes on the accent & culture of the main character, it adds so much to the reading & meaning of the book!
I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.
I couldn't stop listening to this audiobook, even as the night hours passed. A fascinating and illuminating take on the famous play, fleshing out the characters and explaining their motives. Alan Cumming is fantastic. Strongly recommended to anyone who loves the play, or anyone who loves a thrilling story.
We were in the areas of Scotland where the story takes place. It was great fun listening to the stories of where we were. What was more fun is that I'm a second generation Scot and listening to the Scottish accent.
The reader of this book brought me through the Grampians, into the towns of Fores and Inverness and all over nothern Scotland.
If you're of Scottish descent I highly recommend this book. I really enjoyed it.