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Macbeth: A Novel audiobook cover art

Shakespeare would be proud.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-13

Would you listen to Macbeth: A Novel again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Macbeth: A Novel?

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.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Everything! No one, to my knowledge, could have done such a superior performance. Alan Cumming was a brilliant choice.

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

It made be marvel at the talent of all involved. And...at the Bard in particular.

Any additional comments?

Hope to read/hear more like this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy audiobook cover art

No holds barred

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-09

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Gilead audiobook cover art

Extraordinary

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-06

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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

Anthology of Science Fiction, the Surreal, and the Other-Worldly (Dramatization) audiobook cover art

Uhuh!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-05

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.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Under the Banner of Heaven audiobook cover art

Under the Banner of Heaven

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-05

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.

3 of 15 people found this review helpful