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Macbeth: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition

Written by: William Shakespeare
Narrated by: full cast
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Classics, Shakespeare
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Publisher's Summary

Folger Shakespeare Library, The World’s Leading Center for Shakespeare Studies

The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, brings Macbeth to life with this new full-length, full-cast dramatic recording of its definitive Folger Edition.

Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, is among the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language. Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king in order to succeed to the throne. Tortured by his conscience and fearful of discovery, he becomes fatally enmeshed in a web of treachery and deceit.

This new full-cast recording - based on the most respected edition of Shakespeare's classic - expertly produced by the Folger Theatre, is perfect for students, teachers, and the everyday listener.

Public Domain (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-01-24

Better than expected! Helpful in the classroom.

Reading some of these reviews made me wary, but I needed quick access to an audio version of Macbeth so I purchased it anyway. I am glad I did! One person has commented that the book is difficult to navigate, but actually, each section of the audiobook is a different scene in the play. Yes, they are labeled as "Section One" instead of "Act One, Scene One" but knowing that you just need to hit Next to go to the next scene has made it pretty easy to find my place in the play.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the performance. I've listened to plenty of audiobooks from Audible, including several whose readers were painful to listen to. I think this cast is clear and engaging. I played a clip to my students, and they enjoyed it much more than other performances we had listened to.

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  • Laura W.
  • 2018-05-25

excellent

This dramitization followed original script word for word. I read as I listened to know whose voice was speaking.

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  • Stephen Mattingly
  • 2017-04-07

great!

it had great music and acting, it broight the play to life and it helped me understand it

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  • Justin
  • 2015-10-06

Voice actors don't match the characters

The actors sound constantly out of breath and stumbling, like overly dramatic teenagers or Michael Cera. Not at all fitting for the figures King MacBeth and Banquo. Completely ruins the story hearing their uneven breaths and insecure delivery.

Especially after listening to the Tempest, narrated by Ian McKellen, this audio book sounds completely amateur .

Couldn't make it past the first thirty minutes.

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  • Holly
  • 2017-05-09

Useful as a teaching resource alongside the text.

Would you consider the audio edition of Macbeth: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition to be better than the print version?

No, although it is very helpful to use when reading in class.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Macbeth: Fully Dramatized Audio Edition?

Some of the soliloquies are well-done, which helps when teaching as usually students tend to lose interest depending on the grade-level one teaches.

Did full cast do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. It was clear which character was speaking at all times. However, some of the interpretations of the characters were a little hammy (witches), and there are more than a few dodgy accents in there. Despite this, it was still useful as a teaching tool and wasn't a distraction from the plot or story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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  • Clifford Bullard
  • 2019-11-19

Great story listen to often

Loved it can't wait to listen to it again love this story one of the best

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  • Tashane Richards
  • 2019-11-02

i loved it

I will recommend it to anyone its a great great book i love love love it very much

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  • Ginevra
  • 2019-10-12

Bad performances

A natural (believable) performance of Shakespeare requires practice, and a comfortable familiarity with Elizabethean English. The American actors in this recording are audibly not trained in this style, and spend so much effort on their pronunciation that the end result is over-articulated, and lacking in emotional depth. The sole exception was the performance of the witches, who were great (they are the ones narrating in the sample, and the sample is not a good indicator of how the rest of the play sounds). The worst performance is Lady Macbeth. Her role is not only badly read, but she chose to play Lady Macbeth as soft and weak, her voice ever trembling and insecure - a characterization that is difficult to resolve against the actions of the play.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-20

Amazing

Well performed and the cast did an excellent job in depicting the entire story in my mind. It was amazing!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-04

Good

Lady Macbeth over acts a bit, but other than that i had no complaints. Very good