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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (246,285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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Tony Award winner Alan Cumming in his riveting solo interpretation of Shakespeare's tragedy.

Star of stage, film, and television Alan Cumming delivers a virtuoso performance playing every role in the National Theatre of Scotland's bold presentation of Shakespeare's chilling tale of desire, ambition, and the supernatural.

This radical reimagining of one of Shakespeare's most deeply psychological plays is set in a psychiatric unit in which Cumming is the lone patient. Channeling the story of Macbeth, he is inhabited in turn by each of the characters of the drama, including some of Shakespeare's most complex and troubled creations.

Cumming's one-man interpretation of Shakespeare's Scottish play comes to audio directly from acclaimed limited stage engagements with the National Theatre of Scotland in Glasgow and at New York's Lincoln Center. Directed for audio by the stage production's renowned directors, this exclusive studio recording of Cumming's dazzling solo performance captures the excitement, passion, and poetry of a wildly original tour-de-force that is destined to become theatrical legend.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaela Hutchinsom | 2/20/2014

    " Read this for school. It was actually pretty interesting, I got what the story was about..more than Rom and Juls. This book has some pretty awesome characters, I think thats what I liked most about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 2/8/2014

    " Excellent play, wonderfully frightening. Note: I found the notes in this particular edition from the Folger Library not quite up to the standard I've come to expect from the library's other comprehensive editions. I referred to the Bevington to supplement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 1/26/2014

    " One of my favorites plays, probably because I taught it a handful of times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Murphy | 1/16/2014

    " So good to reread this, one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. It's got it all, intrigue, murder, ambition, the supernatural and most importantly- Lady Macbeth. One of his greatest characters, this play only gets 4 stars because she totally should have had a better death scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/15/2014

    " I personally think this is the best play by Shakespeare. The complexity of the characters astounded me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Gadberry | 1/14/2014

    " In my eyes, still the very best of Shakespeare. The dark, brooding atmosphere and characters torn this way and that by ambition, hubris, fear, and fate serve to make this play an incredible production -- cursed or not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/13/2014

    " Macbeth is hard to understand, but I liked the storyline. I don't think I'll ever read on my own a second time, but I do think leaning about Shakespeare and his plays is interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda (sessionswedding) | 1/11/2014

    " My husband and I listened to this on a road trip, and while it was short, it just didn't hold our interest. Two stars overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Ives | 1/8/2014

    " One of my favorite works of Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/16/2013

    " Shakespeare was a very talented man. The rhyming looks so effortless. The story was entertaining and the dialogue was wonderful. I especially loved when the witches brewed their witches brew and when they spoke with Hecate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesus Franco | 12/15/2013

    " This book was very powerful and the most engaging Shakespeare play i've read so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellery Fell | 12/7/2013

    " Not sure this is the edition that I read but I did read several times over for my 'O' level English Lit exam. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Wolf | 11/30/2013

    " A drum a drum, Macbeth doth come! My favorite of the tragedies. Macbeth's "tomorrow" speech is one of the most beautiful pieces of poetry ever transcribed. The vibrancy of characters like Duncan & Lady Macbeth stay with you forever. "And vaulting ambition o'erthrown." Oh yes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal Cueto | 11/20/2013

    " I somewhat liked Macbeth because it had alot of action in it. The only thing I have to admit that I did not like was Shakespearan language because it is kind of hard to understand it . To fully understand it I had to reread the same part probably a few times. But overall it was a really good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brucewayne Ccy | 11/18/2013

    " I think this is another master piece by Shakespeare,and i really enjoyed every pith of the tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rena | 8/6/2013

    " I thought it was pretty good. Shakepeare is just something you either get or you don't. This would be a very entertaining show to watch. I don't think Shakespeare is really meant to be read. It is meant to be preformed! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abbie Schornstheimer | 4/13/2013

    " I tried very hard to enjoy Macbeth, but unfortunately I could not. I find Shakespeare's style of writing difficult to understand. Overall, Macbeth was an okay story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbie | 2/24/2013

    " Tis Shakespeare. Brilliant plot, but I can't say I'm in love. Not bad, though. What am I supposed to say, anyway? It's not like an individual's opinion on Shakespeare matters. Personally, I feel I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read it in English class. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 2/24/2013

    " It's Shakespeare. I'm an English Lit major. Often think he wrote with tongue in cheek. Sort of like his sonnets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adilson | 2/15/2013

    " this is one of the best book I ever read I love it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn Rose | 9/6/2012

    " I just finished this. I really liked the way the play was pulled off, however it's not something you want to read, you can use the book to follow along but I honestly suggest you go see the play be performed. "

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About the Author
Author William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet and dramatist of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, is the most widely known author in all of English literature and often considered the greatest. He was an active member of a theater company for at least twenty years, during which time he wrote many great plays. Plays were not prized as literature at the time, and Shakespeare was not widely read until the middle of the eighteenth century, when a great upsurge of interest in his works began that continues today.

About the Narrator

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway and appears on the Emmy Award–winning television show The Good Wife. Cumming won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. He is the winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir narration and Best Narration by the Author Award as well as six Audiofile Earphones Awards. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now, and Eyes Wide Shut.