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Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way - including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Macbeth; Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth; Josh Cooke as Banquo and others; J.D. Cullum as Macduff and Second Murderer; Dan Donohue as Ross; Jeannie Elias as Second Witch and others; Chuma Gault as Lennox and Servant; Jon Matthews as Malcolm; Alan Shearman as Angus and others; André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain, Third Witch and others; Kate Steele as Lady Macduff, First Witch and Apparition; Kris Tabori as Duncan and others.
Directed by Martin Jarvis. Sound effects by Tony Palermo. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in May 2011.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 59 minutes|
|Narrator||James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, JD Cullum, Dan Donohue, Jeannie Elias, Chuma Gault|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 09, 2011|
|Publisher||L.A. Theatre Works|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #33,755 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Whatever edition one chooses, I believe there is no substitute for the written text when it comes to Shakespeare, as electronic versions often suffer from formatting problems and are just more difficult to use, especially when it comes to looking up references and definitions. I think Folger is the right place to start.
This AmazonClassics Edition has, as always, nice typography, design and formatting. The edition is not bothered by studies or other interruptions, just a succinct biography at the end. As so is perfect. The X-Ray function is useful but it has a couple of errors to polish: I found that each time I search for the entries for Macbeth or Macduff X-Ray takes me instead to Lady Macbeth or Lady Macduff.
The story of Macbeth is very dark. If your not familiar with it, it is the dreadful story of evil that resides within the good hearted man. The noble man, Macbeth, encounters the temptation of dark prophecy provided to him by witches. Guided by the dark ambition of his wife, Lady Macbeth, the good man becomes increasingly evil as he brings the prophecy about. It’s bleak and dark and wonderful. A truly excellent work of art.
Shortly after a victory in battle, Macbeth and his friend Banquo are traveling home across a heath when they encounter three witches -- who greet him with "All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter!"
When MacBeth is made Thane of Cawdor, he naturally begins to think that being king might be next in line. And when King Duncan visits his castle, Lady MacBeth goads her husband into murdering the king and framing a couple of innocent servants for the deed. As the witches predicted, MacBeth becomes king of Scotland.
But the witches also prophesied that Banquo would be the father of kings, so MacBeth starts tying off loose ends by hiring assassins to kill Banquo and his young son, as well as a wily thane named MacDuff and all of his family. But though MacBeth believes himself to be safe from everyone, his fear begins to grow as madness and guilt torment him and his wife...
One of the most fascinating things about "Macbeth" is how evil it is -- mass murder, insanity, bloody ghosts, a trio of manipulative witches pulling MacBeth's strings, and a nice if weak man who becomes a raving murderous paranoiac. Shakespeare starts the story on a dark note, and it gets darker and bloodier as the story winds on to its bleak climax.
In fact, the entire story is a two-part spiral -- things get tighter and more intense, even as MacBeth and Lady M. get crazier and more violent. Shakespeare litters the story with brutally intense scenes (Banquo's ghost crashing the dinner, Lady M. trying to scrub her hands clean) and powerful dialogue ("Shake off this downy sleep, death's counterfeit,/And look on death itself! up, up, and see/The great doom's image!").
The one flaw: Shakespeare's handling of the "no man born of woman" prediction is a bit lame. I mean, didn't that count as "born" back in Elizabethan times too?
Honestly, MacBeth is both a fascinating and repulsive character. He starts off as a nice ordinary thane with no particular ambition, but his weakness and his wife drive him to some pretty horrible acts. Before long, he's become somebody you desperately want to see diced into little pieces. And Lady Macbeth is little better, although there's a slight disparity between her ruthless ambition and her later insanity.
"MacBeth" is a story filled with stormy darkness and all-consuming fire -- a powerful depiction of evil and how easily we can be seduced. Just don't say its name in the theater.
By Mirren Berkley on March 22, 2021
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Every play of William Shakespeare is unique. Macbeth and King Lear, Othello and Hamlet, are reckoned Shakespeare's four principal tragedies. Lear stands first for the profound intensity of the passion; Macbeth for the wildness of the imagination and the rapidity of action; Othello for the progressive interest and powerful alternations of feeling; Hamlet for the refined development of thought and sentiment.If the force of the genius shewn in each of the work is astonishing, their variety is not less so.Macbeth himself appears driven along by the violance of the fate like a vessel drifting before a storm: he reels to and fro like a drunken man he staggers under the weight of his own purposes and the suggestion of others; he stands at bay with his situation;
and from the superstitious awe and breathless suspens into which the communication of Weird Sisters throw him is on with impious and bloody hand to tear aside the veil which hides the uncertainty of the future.The world is obliged to have four great tragedies from Shakespeare.They are Hamlet,King Lear, Macbeth and Othello.Some say that Hamlet is number one, some say it is Macbeth and others opine that it is King Lear. But I find it is Macbeth which is the greatest tragedy of English Language.
It would appear that about 1601 Shakespeare lost his faith in the world. The light heartedness of his earlier plays vanished; the laughter died away from his lips, the Macbeth is product of this. His words, his imagery,his depth, his splandid language make this play great.It is tragedy of ambition, revenge.The art of Shakespeare is fully displayed in this drama.
The Penguin Shakespeare is supreme and it's editor Mr Stenley Wells is authority on Shakespeare.The introduction is more than sufficient ,and paraphrase is good although it is not vivid.
As great art of his language I cite few examples from the book.
"Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires:
The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see."Macbeth act 1 scene 5 before murder.
" Macbeth. I 'll go no more:
Iam afraid to think what I have done;
Look on't again I dare not" after murder of king Dunkan
Macbeth. " Iam settled, and bend up
Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.
Away, and mock the time with fairist show:
False face must hide what the heart doth know"
I cannot take more space and request readers they may relish the greatest of tragedies of William Shakespeare.I very strongly recommend the drama to readers.After reading only they would realise the enjoyment of this.
KS Chaturvedi Mathura
could have been 1999. Left an image in my head too with a feeling. Loved it for that reason even though it was written in that old English lingo but I still liked it. Still have not read this book yet but I will read both at some point I promise
No notes, eassay or summaries. It's very hard to follow, with the characters name being same font as their lines. Lots of room for notes, but that's because the text is all cramped up in center of book. This was for a kid doing GCSE. I struggled to follow it myself.