To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. This unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.
If school turned you off Shakespeare, find out what you've been missing all these years with this beautifully crafted audio presentation.
From the creators of SmartPass audio education study guides, voted third in a national poll to find the UK's favourite audiobook (2008). Winners of 3 Spoken Word Awards for Best Drama (2004), Best Original Audio and Best Publishing Initiative (2005).
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I have never read the play.
The additional notes and comments really helped me to understand the difficult language. The fact that you can then listen without these, after gaining a better understanding adds to the experience
"I Love the Commentary"
I'm a high school teacher and bought this to sue with my class. I don't find the commentary distracting but helpful. My students quickly figured out that when a particular voice was talking that was explanation. Also, there is a version of the play without any commentary in the file as well.
"Now I get it..."
The narration and explanations are helpful. I have always struggled through Shakespearean plays.
This production also comes with a performance that is uninterrupted. Start on Chapter 6 of the audio book for it.
"Very well done"
This is a really great audio program. Very high quality sound, narration is very useful and I came away with more knowledge of Shakespeare's history, the circumstances behind writing the play, and an understanding of what the classical language is trying to say. Highly recommended if you are at all interested in Shakespeare.
"Excellent for Yr 11 Study"
I bought this novel for my daughters Year 11 study, l cannot say how helpful this was, it made Macbeth interesting and exciting. She was one of the top students in Macbeth studies because of this audio novel where normally she struggles with English. Just Excellent also with the background on why this story was written, it made all the difference.
Eureka, after 25 years i decided to re-read Macbeth, my confused understanding of the play was transformed into an understanding i will never forget. The narration was exquisit i have finally conquored MacBeth.
"My First SmartPass Shakespeare But Not My Last"
The three words I would use to sun up Macbeth is groundbreaking, breathtaking, and dramatic.
Macbeth has influenced much of popular culture from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, and other books, movies, and TV shows because it delved into the dark side in a way that has not been equaled since.
I love Joan Walker guiding the commentary. She was passionate and knowledgeable. She helped make the story clear to me.
The Weird Sisters frightened me. Every time they appeared on stage, I cringed. They are duplicitous, but, truth be told, Macbeth did himself in with his own greed and ambition.
Macbeth is my first SmartPass audio play. I listened to it a week after I saw the play and I wish I had listened to it a week before I saw the play, because so much went over my head given the density of Shakespeare's language and the English accents of the actors. I will now listen to all available SmartPass audio plays before I see the real ones.
"Macbeth - well performed!"
This is an excellent rendition of Shakespeare's Macbeth. I listened to a short section of the first part -- with all of the explanations -- but soon decided I just wanted to hear the play without interruptions. It is nice to have both, nonetheless.
The commentary is excellent, but if you desire no commentary there is an unabridged and uncommentaried version at the end of the audiobook. I can't recommend Shakespeare Appreciated enough.
"The BEST I have ever listened to"
My daughter was taking a literature class and was required to read Macbeth. I had not read since high school ( many moons ago!) The is awesome. If you are needing to "understand" what is going on.... listen to this.
"Great for use in the classroom"
This is my favorite recording of Macbeth. The actor's performances (especially David Tennet as the Porter) really enhance the play and make it easier for my students to follow along. I know some teachers swear by having the kids read the play aloud, but the mangle Shakespeare's language and they don't know the story yet, so they can't read with very good inflection. The sound effects and the performances really bring the play to life, and I enjoy using it in my classroom.
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