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My favorite characters in this play are the witches - and the decision of the actors or directors to speak very, very slowly was probably intended to impart an ominous feel, but it felt more "hooked-on-phonics". The very, very slow speech very nearly ruined the play.
The role of Banquo was fulfilled very well by the actor. The other characters were adequate. In a few places the actors change the lines a bit (a few words only), which was disappointing. Overall, the reading is OK, not great.
I isten for the play and not for the dramatization by famous actors. Thst is the reason for choosing this edition. It is a very adequate rendition of the play for listening purposes.
It seems that these actors studied Shakespeare in depth. Never have I heard, on stage or anywhere, performers who seem to understand Shakespeare's vision, imagination, words. I have so far heard three plays in the Smartpass series and all exceed my expectations. Highly recommended for all, including teachers/professors, novices, and skeptical Shakespeare lovers who cringe at most performances. Perhaps it is something about NOT being on stage, but there is no Macbeth like that we hear in Act V--his crazed laughter alone...Worth twice as much as I paid.
I love Shakespeare's work, but this audio version of Macbeth thrills me even more! The performances and audio effects were engaging and entertaining. No flattery. This audio version is great.
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