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.
Lover of books and fictions reads.
The back story given to a lot of the side characters, especiall Macbeth and the witches!
There are multiple points of view
The realisation that the youngest witch may be the most powerful and strange one.
Lady Macbeth, she needs a sympathetic ear and sensible advice most of all.
For those who love Shakespeare's work, especially Macbeth, this is a great addition!
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Yes. It's a fun, fast paced thriller.
I have. I listened to Hamlet which I liked a lot.
This is a fast paced but gory thriller about curmudgeonly people killing other curmudgeons in early Scotland. The witches are fun. The story is straightforward and easy to follow but just a wee bit formulaic. Overall a good listen but not Dostoevsky.
Put your books into my ears!!!
I enjoyed this retelling of Macbeth. I like the angle that the authors put on the story and point out that every wo/man has their own ambitions and that murder isn't the purpose, it's the steps that lead to the goal that originally started out being a righteous one. Not often is it that a person is just terrible... and this re-telling points out that Macbeth and his wife were not just cruel schemers... they were people who thought they could do something good for others but made the wrong first step, which became a catalyst toward murder and never ending guilt and suffering.
Alan Cumming did a great job narrating this book. I read his autobiography, Not My Father's Son, so I already had a bit of a connection to him as a narrator which made his reading of Macbeth even more meaningful.
not my favorite but very good
hamlet. the story I dont think is as good as hamlet but the narration is better in macbeth. the depiction of the characters is the most obvious difference. part of this is the writing but more in the characterization from the narrator
not sure that I have
none. It was not easy to like any one character over another. even the villains
If I had to study Macbeth at school, I can't think of a better way then to read this book. I Wikipediaed Macbeth the person after reading. This this a fictionalization based on the play, very loosely based on the person Macbeth. Lots of detail on what life was like 1000 years ago. On the downside, book wasn't as engaging as I would have liked. Ok but just ok. I might read Hamalet.