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Macbeth: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options) | [William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner]

Macbeth: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

Experience Macbeth as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.
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Publisher's Summary

Experience Macbeth as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds.

To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. This unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.

If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation.

From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audiobook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd; (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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    Amelia West Covina, CA, USA 07-11-09
    Amelia West Covina, CA, USA 07-11-09
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    "I Love the Commentary"

    I'm a high school teacher and bought this to sue with my class. I don't find the commentary distracting but helpful. My students quickly figured out that when a particular voice was talking that was explanation. Also, there is a version of the play without any commentary in the file as well.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Sugar Grove, WV, USA 11-23-08
    Nathan Sugar Grove, WV, USA 11-23-08
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    "Very well done"

    This is a really great audio program. Very high quality sound, narration is very useful and I came away with more knowledge of Shakespeare's history, the circumstances behind writing the play, and an understanding of what the classical language is trying to say. Highly recommended if you are at all interested in Shakespeare.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tanuki San Los Angeles, CA USA 01-23-13
    Tanuki San Los Angeles, CA USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.

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    "Now I get it..."

    The narration and explanations are helpful. I have always struggled through Shakespearean plays.

    Don't fret.

    This production also comes with a performance that is uninterrupted. Start on Chapter 6 of the audio book for it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Harper 01-08-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent for Yr 11 Study"

    I bought this novel for my daughters Year 11 study, l cannot say how helpful this was, it made Macbeth interesting and exciting. She was one of the top students in Macbeth studies because of this audio novel where normally she struggles with English. Just Excellent also with the background on why this story was written, it made all the difference.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Venn midrandSouth Africa 12-16-09
    Venn midrandSouth Africa 12-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "MacBeth"

    Eureka, after 25 years i decided to re-read Macbeth, my confused understanding of the play was transformed into an understanding i will never forget. The narration was exquisit i have finally conquored MacBeth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Decatur, TX, United States 03-21-13
    Vicki Decatur, TX, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The BEST I have ever listened to"

    My daughter was taking a literature class and was required to read Macbeth. I had not read since high school ( many moons ago!) The is awesome. If you are needing to "understand" what is going on.... listen to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TexasTeacher Texas 02-13-13
    TexasTeacher Texas 02-13-13
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    "Great for use in the classroom"
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    This is my favorite recording of Macbeth. The actor's performances (especially David Tennet as the Porter) really enhance the play and make it easier for my students to follow along. I know some teachers swear by having the kids read the play aloud, but the mangle Shakespeare's language and they don't know the story yet, so they can't read with very good inflection. The sound effects and the performances really bring the play to life, and I enjoy using it in my classroom.

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    Jessie Stamford, NY, United States 01-07-13
    Jessie Stamford, NY, United States 01-07-13
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    "Very Informative"
    What made the experience of listening to Macbeth the most enjoyable?

    I like how the narrator explains each dialogue within the play for me to better understands it.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The details explanation of the dialogue and also the athmosphere of each scene that was well presented.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John morrisdale, pa, United States 02-11-12
    John morrisdale, pa, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Really good."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I always recomend Shakespeare to friends, because it's like a tepanyaki grill, even when the performance is dismal, it's still entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance of the actress(es) playing the part of the wierd sisters was fantastic. Uber Creepy, without being lame.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    SLOW DOWN!!! The entire cast talks to dang fast, it makes it difficult to understand.


    Did Macbeth inspire you to do anything?

    Actually yes, I murdered one of my rivals. Thus ensuring that I get a promotion MUWAHHAHA!!!


    Any additional comments?

    The complete works of William Shakespeare should be required reading for a high school diploma.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mellissa Fort Belvoir, VA, USA 05-26-09
    Mellissa Fort Belvoir, VA, USA 05-26-09
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    "Not What I Expected"

    I wanted to hear the play performed and got a lot of background and talking throughout. I was very disappointed.

    1 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    "Brilliantly explained"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Macbeth to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the play.


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    The additional notes and comments really helped me to understand the difficult language. The fact that you can then listen without these, after gaining a better understanding adds to the experience

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