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Macbeth

By: William Shakespeare,Simon Potter,Phil Viner
Narrated by: Joan Walker,Nick Murchie,Coralyn Sheldon
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Summary

Experience Macbeth as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds.

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).

©2007 SmartPass Ltd (P)2007 SmartPass Ltd

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Brilliantly explained

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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

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Tiresome students’ notes production

The performance, which itself is not great, is constantly interrupted with heavy handed commentary designed for 4th year students, such is its boring obviousness. Don’t buy

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Brilliant way to listen and learn.

I love this series. It gives excellent background, strong performance and insights in the commentary.

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Dreadful

A dreadful version of Macbeth. The analysis goes on and on instead of getting to the play. The constant interruptions are unnecessary and become so annoying. The analysis is far too woke- criticising people of the time for too few women in lead roles without proper historical context. Overall a real dumbing down. Avoid.

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An absolute lifesaver for anyone teaching Macbeth

THis audioplay is absolutely perfect for anyone who is teaching Macbeth. The acting is a touch hacky at points, but the commentary is invaluable.

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Great format and Nice performances

I like the format because it has two versions, one with full historical explanation, and one without. The performances were great too. Another illustration of a person/s creating their own nightmare.
I wasn't so keen on some of the music, because it didn't seem to fit and sounded more like The Doors.

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