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Macbeth Performance

Macbeth

Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.
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Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way - including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Macbeth; Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth; Josh Cooke as Banquo and others; J.D. Cullum as Macduff and Second Murderer; Dan Donohue as Ross; Jeannie Elias as Second Witch and others; Chuma Gault as Lennox and Servant; Jon Matthews as Malcolm; Alan Shearman as Angus and others; André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain, Third Witch and others; Kate Steele as Lady Macduff, First Witch and Apparition; Kris Tabori as Duncan and others.

Directed by Martin Jarvis. Sound effects by Tony Palermo. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in May 2011.

Public Domain (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works

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    Monika 12-28-11
    Monika 12-28-11
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    "Enjoyable all-cast performance"

    I greatly enjoyed listening to this full-cast performance. There was great chemistry between the lead cast Mr. Marsters and Mrs. Whalley which sparked the story.
    The sound effects were appropriate and didn't distract. A few of the male voices sounded similar, so sometimes it took a while to distinguish the different characters (if you are not very familiar with the lines)
    All in all a production in the typical LATW quality and a bargain if you look at the price.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2008

    Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!

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    "Might want to Read Along"

    Ok, unless you have the play memorized, this is hard to follow without the characters before you on the stage, but it is still just EXCELLENT. Don't let that difficulty stop you, just listen to this with the play or a guide in front of you, so you always remember who is speaking and where they are.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Boise, Idaho 01-11-12
    Laura Boise, Idaho 01-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "All hail this Macbeth!"

    I felt sad when each character died including Macbeth and Lady M which is a testament to the actors. Macbeth was courageous to the end; a true warrior who got greedy and caused so much chaos that he had to be stopped. This production tells this story believably. It is acted well, the sound is clear and special effects add to the experience. Upon further listenings, the lesser lines of the play rise up to the surface. This is a recording that deserves to be played more than once.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    TS Santa Cruz, CA 12-22-15
    TS Santa Cruz, CA 12-22-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A bit awkward"

    Varying performance qualities makes this version feel disjointed. sine are quite believable, but others (including the lead) sound very much like they're reading from a script.

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    Brennan Gillis 11-25-15
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    "Classic"

    Just a great audiobook for the audio library. Most actors were excellent. Entertaining listen for the road or sitting at home.

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    Paul PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 12-13-11
    Paul PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Horrible performance of a wonderful play"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I bought this after listening to Gielgud's Hamlet, as it was among the highest ranked Shakespeare dramatizations. But ... wow ... it's a truly awful performance by all save Lady MacBeth, who stands out and tries valiantly to carry the cast around her.

    I honestly thought back to high school, when our poor English teachers had to listen to 25 pasty kids reading beautiful soliloquies in an uninterested monotone. In places, the voices are so similar and droning that it's difficult to tell the characters apart.

    Give this one a miss.


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    modpod Bay Area, CA 03-26-15
    modpod Bay Area, CA 03-26-15

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    "Horrible"
    Would you try another book from William Shakespeare and/or the narrators?

    Other than Lady Macbeth (Joanne Whalley), the actors flailed and did not do justice to this dark furtive play. It's a shame. Very disappointing.


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    "Knock, knock, knock! Who's there?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's pretty good.


    What other book might you compare Macbeth to, and why?

    Other books by Shakespeare, because he wrote them also.


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

    Mouthwords.


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

    It's a good psychological horror, with allot of atmosphere. It
    brings forth feelings of excitement, and provokes thought.


    Any additional comments?

    Knock,
    knock, knock! Who's there? Faith, here's an
    English tailor come hither, for stealing out of
    a French hose: come in, tailor; here you may
    roast your goose.

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