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  • Macbeth (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
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    (48)
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    (44)
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    Star of stage, film, and television Alan Cumming delivers a virtuoso performance playing every role in the National Theatre of Scotland's bold presentation of Shakespeare's chilling tale of desire, ambition, and the supernatural. This radical reimagining of one of Shakespeare's most deeply psychological plays is set in a psychiatric unit in which Cumming is the lone patient. Channeling the story of Macbeth, he is inhabited in turn by each of the characters of the drama, including some of Shakespeare's most complex and troubled creations.

    Julie says: "Chilling, Moving, Genius"
    "Chilling, Moving, Genius"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Alan Cumming is a wonderful chameleon with a huge range which goes beyond even the fey, compelling characters that he often plays on film and stage. Here, he makes the play totally accessible. He does sincere justice to the title couple.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Shakespeare again?

    Of course, but especially when it's done like this.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Cumming’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Leviathan and Behemoth, enjoyed them, and admired Cumming's skill, but he's working on an even higher level here.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. It definitely compels repeat listening because it is so good.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read, seen, and taught this play many times. I wasn't sure I needed this version. I did, and I would especially recommend it to anyone who is Shakespeare phobic, or who has to read the play for school. This actor clearly knows, loves, and understands the play. After listening to him, you will, too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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