I enjoyed this version of Macbeth. I saw the play a couple of years ago, and I generally thought that this audio version was more effective than that live version. Voices are very expressive, allowing the listener to capture the subtext easily. My biggest complaint is that the sound quality of the Weird Sisters was horrid. Unlike a prior reviewer, I found it incredibly distracting, as the Witches are essential to the development of the play's major themes. It almost put me off from listening to the rest of the play from the first moments of the play. Their famous "fair is foul, and foul is fair" was nearly unintelligible.
This is my least favorite of the 50 or so audiobooks I have purchased, and that surprises me since I was really looking forward to it. I think the problem was more in my expectations of the book rather than in the book itself. I guess I thought it was going to be a suspenseful thriller or mystery, perhaps with a tinge of romance. Instead, it is mainly romance with a tinge of mystery. And, although I had read a review that commented on the sex scenes, I didn't expect them to be so prevalent. Scene after scene after scene of descriptions of sex of the type that you might find in amateur internet sex stories. Ugh! I wasn't offended or anything, but just had to roll my eyes at them all. Once or twice, okay, but they just went on and on. I was going to write some examples of the painful descriptions, but thought they wouldn't be appropriate for posting on this open forum. Again, had I been expecting a Harlequin romance-type book, I might not feel so disappointed by it now.
I also had a very hard time liking nearly all of the characters--particularly Bill. Bill has none of the qualities that allow a reader (or listener) to connect with him on any kind of emotional level or to empathize with him. In the book Twilight, I found I could connect with the vampire Edward, partly since he genuinely seemed to put Bella first. Not so with Bill, who seems fundamentally self-centered. I couldn't buy into his feelings for Sookie. In fact, I spent the whole book rooting for another character to end up with Sookie. That's a huge problem for a book that is centered around the romance of Bill and Sookie.
Bottom line: There are interesting elements to this book, and I can see why other people are fans. It was well narrated, although I thought the southern accents were a bit overdone. But, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I was expecting more suspense, less romance/sex, and more depth of character. I don't think that I will buy the other books in the series.
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