A very original,enthralling slant on the old story.Beautifully narrated in Scottish accents which makes it feel so authentic
It's impossible to review this book without referring to Shakespeare, but to make a straight comparison doesn't really do it justice. The book stands on it's own right and is quite gripping. The description of the time and location really brings the world to life and the characters feel quite real. Alan Cumming is an excellent reader and he uses a voice that feels as if its from the period itself.
This novel was fantastic. As someone who has always loved MacBeth, but found the play hard to follow, this really brought the whole story to life and I understood many parts that I had missed before. I was worried that it might be oversimplified,like a school revision guide, but it wasn't at all. It was a gripping, engaging version of Macbeth. I'd love to see more novels based on Shakespeare's plays like this one.
"Macbeth a Novel"
An expertly crafted adaptation of the play which moves easily along while sustaining a dramatic darkness.Only downside for me was the whining Kelvinside accent of the narrator!
"Really excellent story"
I don't usually like interpretations of Shakespeare, let alone my favourite play, so I had doubts about this version of Macbeth, but I absolutely love it!
The story fleshes out Shakespeare's Macbeth into a well rounded detailed gripping thriller, which is enhances the original. Small details really bring the characters to life - for example they have given Lady Macbeth a first name, which makes her so real and sympathetic. By detailing the Scottish politics of succession Maceth's actions are far more reasoned and much less based on vaulting ambition.
I also love the narrator.
Do download this book and have a listen to a really interesting and gripping story.
"a modern MacBeth"
never having read the original Shakespear I was pleasantly surprised with this version, it gave a modern feel and atmosphere to the story, especially with all the geographical mentions of places I know or grew up near. Alan Cumming was a great choice or narrator for this novel. I would definitely get other books read by him or other Shakespear novels adapted by these authors.