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Macbeth [Audio CD]

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5.0 out of 5 stars good for students who are studying macbeth April 15 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i am studying macbeth in school right now, and this audiobook has been extremely helpful. i finally understand what's going on. playing the audiobook while reading the lines is very useful. A must for any student
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but with some reservations Sept. 14 2012
By mnraft - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent performance of Macbeth. A great deal of thought and commitment obviously went into it. Many lines are memorably delivered. The acting, even for the smallest parts, is of very high quality. The wounded Sergeant, the Porter, and Macduff's Wife are alone almost worth the price of admission. The commoners sound Scottish and the nobility English.
Macbeth is played by Stephen Dillane. It's an interesting interpretation. He starts out soft-spoken and pensive. After Duncan's murder, Macbeth often sounds as emotionless as an automaton, as though he has lost control of the evil potential within him that has been unleashed.
Fiona Shaw plays Lady Macbeth and is also credited as the director of the performance.
Fiona Shaw's Lady Macbeth is very interesting and worth hearing. There may be a little over-acting here, as each lines she delivers commands attention. Her Lady Macbeth sounds quite manic already at her first entrance. She comes off as emotionally unstable from the very beginning. There is nothing surprising about the suicidal madness that eventually overtakes her. The entire Tragedy could probably have been prevented with a little lithium according to this interpretation. The text allows for it, and it's worth considering.

On the other hand, here's why I deducted a star:
- The spoken line is sometimes delivered so dramatically, and with such distinct mid-line inserted pauses, that the poetic meter is lost and poetry is converted into prose.
- The performance is full of sound effects and music. They are usually quite effective, but the mood is often determined as much by them as by Shakespeare's text. Whether this is a net plus or minus is a matter of taste. Occasionally the sound effects are perplexing, and I found myself analyzing the director's thoughts rather than Shakespeares's. The music is usually either a kettle drum or a lugubrious cello, often quite loud. I don't object to music between the scenes, but the spoken line must often contend with musical accompaniment. My favorite speech in the play, "Tomorrow and tomorrow ... life ... is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing", is recited over an equally-loud lugubrious cello.
- The three "Weird Sisters" are given a little inserted text that Shakespeare never wrote. We hear their faint cackle once when they are not onstage, and they are given the final line in the play, a reprise of "When shall we three meet again ..."

This is a memorable, insightful performance of Macbeth that anyone who loves the play should hear.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good for students who are studying macbeth April 15 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i am studying macbeth in school right now, and this audiobook has been extremely helpful. i finally understand what's going on. playing the audiobook while reading the lines is very useful. A must for any student
4.0 out of 5 stars great recording June 8 2014
By Waterproof in Oregon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As always, an actor will stand off stage and say "I could have done it better." However, probably not in this case.
This is a well done recording of that Scottish play.
1.0 out of 5 stars Highly dissappointed Nov. 11 2013
By Kim Coughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this CD, and the quality was so poor you could not hear the actors. I even brought in a Bose speaker, and that didn't do the trick. I just sent out an email today to the company. I bought it for my classroom and could not even use it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good listening experience Oct. 4 2013
By Collin Shane Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The dialogue is clear to understand on this one plus the inside packet gives good information on the play. Great play!
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