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A heart-pounding new thriller from the author of The Snowman and The Thirst. 

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy, industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom - a master of manipulation named Hecate - has connections with the highest in power and plans to use them to get his way. 

Hecate's plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is a pause-resisting story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature and the aspirations of the criminal mind. 

©2018 Jo Nesbo (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Great story, listen to the sample first

I thought the story was great, and I love Nesbo's novels. The only difference with this was a new narrator, who if you're not used to a narrator with an accent, may be difficult to follow. I would recommend listening to the Sample of the audiobook to see if it's right for you before purchasing. Great overall though!

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • MK
  • 04-16-18

Out there

I’ve read all of Nesbo’s books and loved them. This one was wierd. Is he changing his style to more otherworldly? Just strange, had to keep repeating sections to understand what was happening. Narrator was excellent but I would not buy this book again.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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This took some guts

If, like me, you automatically purchased this book thinking you'd get a Harry Hole adventure, you quickly found out you were in different territory altogether. This is a stand alone book and I don't want to turn ANYONE off from it by telling you to run over to Wikipedia for a quick glossary of characters from yes, THE Macbeth if, also like me, you haven't read or seen the Shakespearean version for 20 years. Getting the names and the great plays events shored into or back into your brain will heighten your enjoyment of this novel. I listened to the first half thinking this is quite the tour de force, in that Nesbo has taken Macbeth into the (semi-) modern world of police and politics. The book is set in the seventies, far enough away from 2018 for a little dreamtime smudge. Around the time I reached the middle of the book I found myself hoping Nesbo would switch things up just to throw in a plot or character surprise, but then...I didn't care one whit if he did.

Nesbo so successfully builds character, dramatic tension and more than anything else a mood that permeates the entire listening experience that I am simply blown away. The Narrator is outstanding. Writing this book, maybe especially if you're already an international bestseller of a very different oeuvre of books from the Shakespearean took a lot of guts. But to do it incredibly well, took true artistry. I remember long ago a painting teacher of mine telling me that there are painters, and there are artists. If there's a similar division among writers-- that there are writers and there are artists, Nesbo has put a stake in the ground, he is an artist indeed.

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Gritty, compelling noir

I wasn’t as interested in what Nesbo did or didn’t do with the play, but more whether it could work as a stand alone crime novel, and for me it really did.

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Disappointed Nesbo fan

What would have made Macbeth better?

I was 7 hours into the book and couldn't take it anymore. I'm a big Nesbo fan but hated this book so I returned it. This is the first book I decided not to finish on audible. I found it hard to follow. I'm not sure if it's the author or the narrator that ruined it for me. Perhaps both..

Would you be willing to try another one of Euan Morton’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Shakespeare, reimagined

Of all the Shakespearean updates, this is one of the best. Norwegian writer, No Nesbø (the Snowman) takes the one of the bards most famous plays, updates it to 1970's Scotland and turns it on its head. Cooked cops and politicians, motorcycle gangs, casinos and drugs replace the ancient battlefields for one wild ride of a read that looks at power and honour.
Euan Morton deserves a lot of credit for putting souls into each of the characters that he voices. Well worth the time.

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Dark, Dull, Derivative (duh)

Jo Nesbo is a brilliant author. I think I have read most all of his books that have been translated to English. Thought Son was terrific.

But Macbeth? What was the point? I guess to build his police story on the frame of the classic. Use a few quotes, character names, plot devices and presto Jo Shakespeare- modern master. Except, it does not work.

Most of Mr. Nesbo's characters in previous books are deeply flawed but have a spark of humanity you can grab onto. Not here. All of characters are deeply flawed, unlikable and unrepentant. After a while you loose interest in the fate and you already know the general outcome if you have make it past 11th grade.

This work feels like an assignment given in an advance writing course. I am sure it is worthy of a good grade from a college professor but, as a interested reader and Nesbo fan, I am left cold and disappointed.


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  • Richard
  • Palo Alto, CA, United States
  • 05-03-18

Couldn't get used to narrator

Love Jo Nesbø's novels including non Harry Hole books.
But I just could not get over the narrator's accent. I know the accent is appropriate for the original setting, but not for me.
I am going to read rather listen to this novel
Not recommended

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Returned it after 3 attempts to listen

I bought this because I've LOVED all Jo Nesbo's books, enjoyed Macbeth as a student and have lived in and love Scotland. Sadly, this book was nothing but confusing, boring and a waste of a credit, albeit with excellent narration. I returned it.

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I love Jo Nesbo, but ...

I saw the author's name and just bought the book. Didn't read the details. If I had, I probably would have gone ahead and read it anyway. Nesbo is a remarkable writer. I love his books. That said, his telling of Macbeth, as brilliant as it is, is grim. I'm probably a simple reader. I like the main character to be a good guy. And, of course, that can't happen in Shakespeare's tale.

This book depressed me. The traitorous acts just kept piling up. I finished the book, but what a slog. The narrator is fantastic. Just brilliant. And I will read more Nesbo. This book just didn't work for me.