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Macbeth

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By the time Shakespeare came to write Macbeth - almost certainly in 1605/1606 - he had already completed three of the great tragedies with which modern audiences are so familiar: Hamlet (1601), Othello (1603), and King Lear (1605). Each of those plays gives us an eponymous hero who is in some significant way flawed, but for whom we also inevitably feel deep sympathy, whatever his errors or crimes. But in MacBeth, Shakespeare has chosen for his tragic hero a man guilty of the most terrible crime imaginable to a Jacobean audience, that of regicide - the murder of a king.

Part of the writer's triumph is to succeed in making Macbeth, whose crime we must detest, a man in whom we must also see something of our own darker side, our own potential for evil, so that Malcolm's final judgment on him as a mere "butcher" seems wholly inadequate, the verdict of someone who does not share the audience's insight into Macbeth's anguished inner world.

Now sit back and enjoy this lively performance, featuring the voices of award-winning actors Stephen Dillane (Macbeth) and Fiona Shaw (Lady Macbeth), accompanied by a full cast.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 29/05/2009

Hoping for Enhanced Format

If this title becomes available in the enhanced format, it will probably dispel the concerns many have expressed about the sound quality. I've listened to this on the original CDs and as an Audible format 4 download, and the difference in clarity is an eye-opener. The third witch, as several people have commented, is inaudible in the download; it has something to do with the conversion of a complex stereo design to mono. In stereo, all witches are clearly audible and the background noises and music are clearly separated from the voices.

It's a particular shame with this title, because Fiona Shaw's vision of Macbeth (she directed it, as well as playing Lady Macbeth) is haunting, almost hallucinatory. It is by far one of the most ambitious and brilliantly-realized audiobooks of a Shakespeare play available. If it does become available as an enhanced-format download, I would urge anyone who tried it before, and rejected it, to give it another try.

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  • Marius
  • 06/04/2004

Fire burn and cauldron bubble - an excellent stew

A most worthwhile rendition of Macbeth. The voices are expressive and clear, without milking the emotions. The narrative flows well. The technical quality is good, with the very occasional exception of some bit players, where the voices are muted, for example that of the third witch. All in all, a rollicking tale of gore and guts to gladden the hearts of Quentin Taratino fans.

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  • Dana
  • 13/10/2011

mixed results

The dynamics of the sound in this recording are dismal. The performance of Lady MacBeth is superb! The performance of MacBeth himself is extremely uneven, to say it as politely as possible.

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  • Victor
  • 14/04/2013

Water, Water, Everywhere

Too many bells and whistles. The quality of ambience should not be so strained. The relentless thematic use of water noise - dripping, decanting, gurgling, splashing, washing, raining - threatened to drown the very strut and fret of this finest of plays.

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  • DangerMouse
  • 07/11/2009

the quality could be better

You can bearly hear one of the witches, and they don't sound like witches enough to suit me. The preference of the witches' dramatization may be nit-picky, but the complaint about not being able to hear one of them is serious. And that's kind of a problem for me, since they're one of my favorite parts of the story.

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  • Michael
  • 18/01/2006

Bad experience

I was looking forward to a good rendition of Macbeth to listen to in my car, but this one leaves you confused at best. Acts and scenes are not announced, so you don't really know what is going on; difficult to figure out which character is which - if you pile on the Shakespearean era English and occasional poor sonics, it makes for a dissatisfying experience.

Save your money.

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  • Leanne Albillar
  • 02/03/2019

Great cast!

Great audio dramatization of one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. Phenomenal cast, especially Stephen Dillane

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  • Betsy
  • 04/05/2018

Solid

This definitely helped my students. There was weird breathing through, but not a bad performance.

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  • Don Morris
  • 24/12/2017

Great play

Would have been better if background music/sounds had not overcome the voices in several places

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  • Finnegan
  • 03/06/2016

Over-produced

Good performers. Poor production, with music and effects often too loud to hear words clearly.

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  • folgren
  • 04/11/2007

Auf zur nächsten Krönung

So kommen Könige zu Fall. Sie schwingen sich zur Macht auf und tragen den Keim ihres Sturzes in sich. Manchmal ist es das Geld, der Neid, die Eifersucht, Selbstüberschätzung, auch oft die Verkennung der Verhältnisse, oft der Gegner zu stark, die Widerstände zu groß, einer einfach nur größenwahnsinnig. Nicht selten gibt sich ein neuer Herrscher in Abhängigkeiten, die er zuvor nicht einzuschätzen wußte. In Macbeth schildert Shakespeare das Machtstreben eines Emporkömmlings, der nicht vor Mord zurückschreckt, um ans Ziel zu kommen. Duncans blinder Ehrgeiz wird nur von seiner Frau Lady Macbeth überboten. Wie Shakespeare es schafft, ein Netz von Intrigen zu weben, von eigener wie fremder Hand gesponnen, deren Stricke selbst Duncan zu Fall bringen, gehört zum Besten was Dramenliteratur aufzuführen weiß. Egal ob Banquo, Macduff, die Hexen, Lords, Edelleute, Mörder wie Boten sie alle spielen auf Shakespeares großer übergreifenden Weltbühne mit, die den Kreis immer wieder schließt, und wiegen sich in seiner Sprache.