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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

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.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Venn
  • midrandSouth Africa
  • 12-16-09

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Macbeth - well performed!

This is an excellent rendition of Shakespeare's Macbeth. I listened to a short section of the first part -- with all of the explanations -- but soon decided I just wanted to hear the play without interruptions. It is nice to have both, nonetheless.

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  • Noel
  • 12-04-17

Brilliant way to listen and learn.

I love this series. It gives excellent background, strong performance and insights in the commentary.

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  • Michelle I
  • 08-03-14

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