I found this to be a novel of great depth and discovery. It is quiet and thoughtful and beautiful. It doesn't stuff anything down your throat...just makes your mind work. It could have gone in many directions but chose the true path. What a pleasure to read a novel so thought provoking and unassuming.
I would listen to this book again just to hear Alan Cumming!!! He is one of my all-time favorite actors and his voice is like melting butter. His narration of this novel is flawless and brings the Scotland of Macbeth to life. I am a Shakespeare fanatic and was not sure about a 'novel' about Macbeth. But, it works. It brings out the backgound, the country, the influences that are not discussed in detail in the play. I can only hope that Mr. Hartley and Mr. Hewson will do similar work with some of the other plays. And if Alan Cumming can narrate, the pleasure will be all mine.
In the beginning when Duncan found out who the Norwegian 'ambassador' was. I have seen 'Macbeth' performed several times but this book fleshed out the history of the times and helped explain Macbeth the man.
Everything! No one, to my knowledge, could have done such a superior performance. Alan Cumming was a brilliant choice.
It made be marvel at the talent of all involved. And...at the Bard in particular.
Hope to read/hear more like this.
I read this story to my then 8 year old grandson. It is a very touching and sad story but also shows that people can change and do the right thing. It may have been a bit sad for an 8 year old so would probably recommend it for older listeners/readers. It got the point across without being preachy or overly politically correct. Very well done.
This has to be the worst audio I have ever listened to. Some of the stories would have been interesting if there had been any cohesivness to thier presentation and if the awful music had been left out.
This is the most disturbing book I have read in a very long time.
When Elizabeth Smart was found and the circumstances of her capture revealed, I was not surprised at all. Any child brought up under her conditions would probably have capitulated just as she did.
The Mormon faith is not a religion...it is a cult...fundamentalist and main stream Mormonism both. So, the next time those "nice" Mormon boys come to my door, I am prepared.
To think this is the fastest growing cult in the world is indeed frightening.
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