We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Macbeth Performance

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

Regular Price:$23.36
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (158 )
5 star
 (101)
4 star
 (32)
3 star
 (16)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (6)
Overall
4.6 (110 )
5 star
 (84)
4 star
 (17)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.6 (111 )
5 star
 (82)
4 star
 (17)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amelia West Covina, CA, USA 07-11-09
    Amelia West Covina, CA, USA 07-11-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 01-23-13 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    110
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nate USA 11-23-08
    Nate USA 11-23-08 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    V Harper Australia 01-08-10
    V Harper Australia 01-08-10 Listener Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Venn midrandSouth Africa 12-16-09
    Venn midrandSouth Africa 12-16-09 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Jennifer 11-13-17
    Jennifer 11-13-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Shakespeare Appreciated is Wonderful!"

    This was my first purchase of Shakespeare Appreciated. I bought it because we were planning to see Macbeth on stage and I wanted my family to have a good understanding of the story beforehand. I have since bought several other productions. These recordings have helped my high schoolers (and myself) as we dove into various works of Shakespeare. The commentary is insightful and well placed. We have listened to the recordings over and over, first with, then without the commentary. I only wish there were more productions to choose from

    Macbeth is my favorite Shakespeare tragedy. This performance does not disappoint. “Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Randy Wade 10-12-17
    Randy Wade 10-12-17 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Makes Macbeth understandable and enjoyable!"

    Something reminded me lately of my failure to comprehend Macbeth in my high school days. Always making an easy A in english, I remember being frustrated that I just couldn't understand the content of the play and therefore made a low grade because of it.
    I tried a sample of this version with explanatory narration, and quickly knew that I had to buy it.
    I enjoyed it very much, and now since I now understand the story and characters completely, I look forward to watching a performance of the play in the near future.
    I recommend this audio book for anyone who is struggling or has struggled with Macbeth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dr. Filthy McNasty 10-01-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Best accidental purchase I've ever made"

    I just wanted a good dramatization of Macbeth and this one had high ratings so I bought it. I didn't realize until it started that it was filled with commentary every 5 or 10 lines. I've studied Shakespeare at a high level under Paul Cubeta and I expected this commentary to be distracting and written at the lowest possible level. Neither is remotely the case. It is excellent work.

    More importantly, the woman who does the narrating is quite an actor herself and sets the emotional pitch of her commentary to match the scene. She almost sounds like another character in the play.

    This is a remarkable achievement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kaarin 07-31-16
    kaarin 07-31-16 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Invaluable as a resource"
    What did you love best about Macbeth?

    This format with the introduction and historical context was a great refresher before I went to see a performance in a local theater. The very thorough historical information and then actual play with seamless notes which was pleasant to listen and covered all of the archaic language references so any stumbling blocks to understanding were clarified and made listening to the play itself much more fufiling experience. Looking forward to listening to King Lear and other plays by the same publisher


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andre 03-27-16
    Andre 03-27-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    189
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    197
    90
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    20
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "My First SmartPass Shakespeare But Not My Last"
    If you could sum up Macbeth in three words, what would they be?

    The three words I would use to sun up Macbeth is groundbreaking, breathtaking, and dramatic.


    What other book might you compare Macbeth to and why?

    Macbeth has influenced much of popular culture from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, and other books, movies, and TV shows because it delved into the dark side in a way that has not been equaled since.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I love Joan Walker guiding the commentary. She was passionate and knowledgeable. She helped make the story clear to me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Weird Sisters frightened me. Every time they appeared on stage, I cringed. They are duplicitous, but, truth be told, Macbeth did himself in with his own greed and ambition.


    Any additional comments?

    Macbeth is my first SmartPass audio play. I listened to it a week after I saw the play and I wish I had listened to it a week before I saw the play, because so much went over my head given the density of Shakespeare's language and the English accents of the actors. I will now listen to all available SmartPass audio plays before I see the real ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Michelle I
    UK
    8/3/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliantly explained"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Macbeth to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the play.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.