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I can listen to this over and over again, as horrible as the action is. It's just one of those things. Highly recommend it.
"Well worth a listen"
Powerful and striking.
Their performances were excellent, as were those of the rest of the cast. They really bring out the way Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are traveling in opposite directions -- Guinness going from meek to fiery, Brown starting strong and then showing her character's deterioration.
The sound quality was good overall, but there was some sort of noise going on in the background -- sort of a knocking sound. It wasn't noticeable all the time but could be a little distracting at quieter moments. That's the reason for my giving this four stars instead of five. But that was my only problem with an otherwise great recording.
"What did you expect from Shakespeare?"
The quality actors give the story the drama that it needs.
The sound effects were dramatic and useful for exits and scene changes.
This is the only sound recording that I have by these performers.
This is Shakespeare, and the performance is on par with the material.
This is abridged, so scenes may be omitted or reduced in length. Almost all performances of Shakespeare's tragedies recieve this treatment. It makes reading along a challenge, but the performance adds to the understanding. Shakespeare wrote for the stage. Sometimes a reference is needed to understand the exits and entrances or who is speaking. Overall, it is an excellent performance. A stage presentation would be ideal, but this is better than reading the lines. It is a performance and enables the listener to better engage the text.
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