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    As British best-selling crime author David Hewson reflects in his introduction to this innovative project, "the Scottish play" is shrouded in mysteries that are not to be taken lightly. Shakespeare condensed and confused 17 years in the history of a beloved king into a play covering a few days rife with political intrigue and shadowy motivations. In The Bard's tragic canon, Macbeth stands as an anomaly for many reasons, including how short it is and how flat all the characters are besides Macbeth himself. With the help of A.J. Hartley, distinguished professor of Shakespeare at UNC-Charlotte and thriller novelist, Macbeth: A Novel is poised to provide a more complete and fleshy picture of this odd little play.

    Going where many other actors would fear to tread is, of course, Alan Cumming. Cumming has a long history with daring characters on stage and on the big screen, as well as his fair share of Shakespeare with a previous turn as Hamlet. With an Audie Award already under his belt, he has the chops necessary to imagine and give voice to paranoid kings and conniving witches, but perhaps one of the greatest joys of his work on Macbeth: A Novel is just the fact of his naturally beautiful Scottish accent left unfettered. Nothing sets the landscape so clearly as listening to those long, rolling vowels come up from a part of the belly that only a Scot must have.

    Cumming does not shy away from the devious depths of feeling that Hartley and Hewson have so carefully layered onto the play. No more off-stage murder, no more simply scary witches chanting, and quite a bit more sympathy for this story's many devils. Every poisonous cup and every stab wound are rendered in living battle colors. The three witches are not just weird, but positively demonic, each with their own dynamic contribution to the making of a king. Lady Macbeth and Banquo in particular have personalities that loom as large as Macbeth's familiar form.

    A strikingly modern interpretation that nevertheless faithfully adapts Shakespeare's original, this audiobook will surely please a wide variety of listeners. Lovers of mysteries or political thrillers, teachers struggling to blow the dust off a classic for their students, and fans of Shakespeare will all find many reasons to enjoy Hartley and Hewson's fresh presentation. —Megan Volpert

    Inhaltsangabe

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape on which they are played.

    Macbeth is a war hero and a patriot, doing everything in his power to hold together Duncan’s crumbling kingdom, which is beset by sedition from within and with threats from overseas. But when Duncan, contrary to ancient Scottish tradition, turns to building a family dynasty instead of rewarding those who have borne the brunt of the fighting, Macbeth and his powerful wife, Skena, make plans of their own, plans designed to hold both the nation and their strained relationship together. Sinister figures who claim supernatural knowledge spur them on, but the terrible outcome is as much about accident and failure as it is malevolence. Soon Macbeth and his wife find themselves preeminent in all the land, but struggling to hold themselves and their country together as former friends turn into bitter and deadly enemies.

    This is Macbeth as you have not heard it before: fresh, edgy, and vital. It is a story of valor in battle, whispering in shadows, witchcraft in the hollows of an ancient landscape, and the desperate struggle of flawed people to do what they think is right.

    ©2011 A.J. Hartley, David Hewson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

    Kritikerstimmen

    “Not only is the novel an amplification of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, but it also fills in many of the gaps and gives a new perspective on Macbeth….Alan Cumming reads in a luscious Scottish brogue, which adds authenticity to the narration. His subtle changes of voice for different characters provide a full cast for this story of ambition and hubris. This is a wonderful novel of the human condition, read with ardor and enthusiasm.” ( AudioFile)

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      5 out of 5 stars

    Macbeth, reloaded

    Wer Macbeth mag und nicht zu den Puristen gehört, die darauf bestehen, dass die Geschichte nur als klassisches Bühnenstück funktioniert, wird diese Audio-Roman-Fassung lieben.
    Macbeth lernen wir hier als Schwert schwingenden Krieger kennen, flankiert von seinem Freund Banquo, ins Unheil geführt von drei Hexen und dem Ehrgeiz, den er mit seiner Frau Skina teilt.

    Die Geschichte des ursprünglichen Stücks bleibt erhalten. Dazu kommen handfeste, mittelalterliche Action und ein Hervorheben und eine Erweiterung sowohl der drei 'weird sisters' als auch von Lady Macbeth.
    Das führt dazu, dass die Motivation der tragischen Helden, zu tun, was sie tun, verstehbar wird. Anstatt eines raschen Abdriftens in den Wahnsinn erleben wir eine fatale Aneinanderreihung von Fehlinterpretationen und falschen Entscheidungen, die Macbeth und seine Lady in den Untergang führen.
    Der schottische Erzähler ist ein Genuss - mit rollendem 'r' und gehauchten Hexentönen gibt er dem berühmten 'Scottish Play' genau die richtige Stimme.
    Rundum gelungen. Shakespeare hätte das gefallen.

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    scotisch temtation

    mavelous novel takes you directly onto the highlands
    well read with an easy going on the slang
    the characters showing up in your inmagination