"I didn't like this book at all. I found I couldn't continue to listen to it and deleted it after the murder of Banquo.I"
Just found the book too hysterical and dramatic. There never seemed to be any period of normality. Felt it relied too much on a play with little attempt to move beyond the play. Might work with Shakespeare didn't here. I have never deleted a book before finishing it before !
Loved this - Alan Cumming a oratory master and great choice to read this- great entertainment
"Another Macbeth worth listening to"
Really enjoyable reworking of Macbeth. Alan Cummings various Scots characterisations are a joy. Highly recommend
Enthralling, vivid, grim.
Seeing as this is a reworking of the Shakespeare, I guess Macbeth the play would be the most obvious. Unfortunately I'm ashamed to admit I've only read excerpts. However, other than that I don't know what I'd liken it to, because I've never read anything like it. The power of the Shakespearean story is evident, but there is enough in this adaptation to draw on the Shakespeare and transform it into a workable, indeed a remarkable and unusual (for our culture) tragedy.
I loved the witches. They were extraordinary!
I was both drawn in and moved by the good-gone-bad Macbeth. It was possible to feel repulsed by his actions, yet drawn in to the hellish (without being overly graphic or violent) downward spiral of the tragedy.
We don't really do tragedy in our culture any more. The only thing this reminded me of was the equally brilliant Chinese film Curse of the Golden Flower. It's a shame, in some ways, that we don't do tragedy because it's a good way of exploring the excesses of the human condition at arm's length, so to speak, and enjoying, in the Shakespearean tradition, a stonking good story. Also, it must be said, Alan Cumming is one of the best narrators I have ever heard. I was there on the hillside with the witches, I was in the castle when Macbeth and his wife cooked up their evil plan and I was there, at the end, when the inevitable happened, all because of Alan Cummings' excellent narration. I do hope he does more audiobooks.
"I loved it!"
Very well told. A fresh perspective on an old story. I enjoyed the whole book
"Now I know why Shakespeare is so revered!"
I'd never managed to read Shakespeare or even follow a Shakespeare play or film because of the language... I literally lost the plot. So this was a venture into the unknown - and what a delight! It's not a strict version of the original but a very readable and enjoyable version, made all the better by Alan Cummings' narration. Thoroughly recommend if you're not too sure about Shakespeare.
A brilliant adaptation of Macbeth, made accessible to everyone " no olde worlde" speak. A superb captivating story very well read by Alan cumming and is highly recommended. Hugely enjoyable !!
An interesting interpretation well worth a listen.
I doubt many Shakespeare purists will be too offended by the changes to the story and the change in emphasis made by the authors.
That it is in modern English
if you have not taken to Shakespeare then this will convert you. A brilliant book I gave it five stars as it is written so well. The narration is brilliant. It takes you there.
Narration was good and overall I enjoyed this audiobook. A bit light though, it seemed to flick between scenes without much character development. I've never seen the play so thought this would be a good introduction but now I'm not fussed about ever seeing it.
Feels a bit like a wasted opportunity, I think the bones of the story could have been turned into a better modern novel.