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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (247,445 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare, Markl Breitenberg Narrator: Roger Rees Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781594835490
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Macbeth is William Shakespeare’s immortal tale of boundless, bloody ambition. Mystical predictions from witches and ghosts, combined with an uncontrollable lust for power, trap Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, in a web of political intrigue, madness, and murder.

This Macbeth on A+ Audio study guide was written by Dr. Markl Breitenberg, a teacher of literature and critical theory at Swarthmore College. Dr. Breitenberg specializes in Shakespeare and Renaissance culture. This program is presented by Rogers Rees, an actor and director who recently appeared in the films The Pink Panther, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, and in the television series The West Wing.

A+ Audio is the innovative audio study guide series that will help you better understand, appreciate, and enjoy great works of literature. With a dramatic presentation that gives voice to the printed word, you’ll experience these classic works as never before.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Polep | 2/16/2014

    " Bodies are dropping like flies in this latest from M.C.Beaton. Always interesting fun to follow Hamish solving crimes in the highlands but there seemed to be more characters than usual who were not fully developed, crabby, humorless losers. I would be happier with one or two plotlines and a better love life for Hamish but I'll take what I can get about life and crime in eccentric parts of my Mom's homeland. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keziah V | 2/13/2014

    " Considering that I read this for school, I can easily say that this is not something I would want to reread. Ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Radcliff | 2/12/2014

    " Really a 3.5 star rating. The Hamish Macbeth mysteries are mind candy for me, and this one was a bit better than the last couple that Beaton has written. The mystery, who killed a young, nasty artist and then others around her, was more involved than in recent publications. However, characters of seemingly minor importance are tossed in willynilly, sure to pop up again in future books. I liked the series better when it was centered more in Lochdubh and dealt with the eccentric locals. Lately, though, they are given small cameos or a shoutout here or there. Still, it was a nice distraction for a Sunday afternoon and I'm looking forward to the next installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 nagad halane | 2/12/2014

    " "Macbeth" is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, written in 1605 and published in 1623. The subject is based on a real character Macbeth, King of Scotland, but the tragedy, meanwhile, is completely fictitious and do not have much to do with the life and reign of King who reigned Pictish Scotland from 1040 to 1057. In the UK, a legend, "Macbeth" is a play bringing misfortune. Thus, players often call it "the Scottish play" (The Scottish Play) rather than by name. Pronounce the name of the room in a theater leads, according to belief, the failure of representation. Lady Macbeth is considered one of the most difficult roles for a woman in the western theater. She gets mad because of his involvement in the murder of the king, and dies off stage to the final act. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 2/11/2014

    " Quick easy read. Lots of murder, mayhem, women trouble for Hamish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy Leather | 2/4/2014

    " This may be one of my ultimate favourite's now too. Wow. Basically all of them are my favourites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleisha Judge | 1/31/2014

    " i first herd of macbeth from the andy grifths take called just mcbeth. i loved that book and still do. i didnt like the shakespear version as much as andy's but it was pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadé Hickman | 1/27/2014

    " Shakespeare is Shakespeare. 'Nough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry Beavers | 1/25/2014

    " Not my favorite but well-written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 1/24/2014

    " everything in this series is getting old, especially the mc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Advaita | 1/23/2014

    " Another classic tale by the Bard. The epic mix of greed, ambition and lust and power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel Murata | 1/22/2014

    " My rating is for the play... which is awesome! However, I would like to note that this edition is a terrible edition. The modern translation is distracting and badly done Additionally, the original translation lacks a decent commentary. Frankly, the edition is neither scholarly nor enjoyable to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Pierce | 1/21/2014

    " It's too bad Hamish MacBeth loves his village of Luchdubh in Scotland so much. He is good at finding criminals but doesn't want the promotion so everyone thinks he's lazy. In this book he uses his unorthodox ways of detecting and finds the murderer. He also proposes to one of his former girlfriends. Anyone who reads this series knows how that will turn out. You feel sorry for him but yet he really wouldn't be happy any where else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gosia | 1/20/2014

    " "By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 1/16/2014

    " Not much to say, other than I always enjoy the humor and characters in the Hamish Macbeth series. They're a welcome respite from the usual books I read. "

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

    " I think I may stop reading these. Hamish ends thus novel engaged to Elsperh, but lured away by Priscilla, compliments of his live-in colleague, Dick. Lots of twists and turns and Angus, the seer, figures more prominently. Easy, lazy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 12/21/2013

    " As always, an excellent read, written by an author with an exceptional insight into the human character, and all their quirky failings. Can't wait for the next Agatha Raisin, even though Hamish is my favorite by far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hotgantina | 12/20/2013

    " "Fair is foul, and foul is fair." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Roberts | 12/19/2013

    " Gory and violent. One of my favourite Shakespeare plays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi | 12/16/2013

    " My favorite by Shakespeare. Also creepy is the rumor that the play is cursed, because Shakespeare used actual sacrilegious incantations in the original play. The version we read now is heavily edited and revised. Still good and totally creepy, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haleigh | 12/8/2013

    " Ah, Lady Macbeth, so evil I love it! I loved reading Macbeth! :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia Lengyel | 11/12/2013

    " Always great - have trouble putting it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Gadberry | 9/20/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 8/29/2013

    " Just another installment in the Hamish Macbeth series. Much like the others. It was nice to visit Lochdubh again and all the people who live there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aparna | 8/13/2013

    " Really, how can one even rate Shakespeare? Macbeth is a classic. I still remember Lady Macbeth and her lines about how all the water from Neptune's ocean couldn't wash the blood on her hands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/27/2013

    " I always love escaping to the Highlands with Hamish. What a weird, convoluted mystery! At times I thought I was reading a zombie mystery! It was crazy, but a fun escape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joellen | 7/25/2013

    " Sometimes this is my favorite play and sometimes Hamlet is. Just depends on where I am in my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Una Tiers | 7/19/2013

    " As excited as I am with a new M.C.Beaton book, the series lacks the depth in characters it once had. I miss Hamish, but he doesn't have much in this book. There are too many immediate problems and solutions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tahsin | 6/4/2013

    " didn't like it at all. pain in the ass "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elin | 4/15/2013

    " I loved it! I have special feelings towards this play seeing my friends and I acted out a scene for class once. That aside, it's still a wonderful play, and a pleasure to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Bartruff | 3/23/2013

    " Compelling, rich and memorable examination of power, greed and betrayal. Shakespeare seems to know what he was writing about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rik Mets | 3/19/2013

    " Most likely Shakespeare's very best play! Though there are only two main characters (Macbeth and lady Macbeth) the play is rich of figures. The language is wonderful and full of twists and turns. A must-read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 3/19/2013

    " Finished Macbeth this week with my 12th graders. Awesome Newspaper project presentations including obituaries, classified ads, political cartoons and tabloid magazine covers all relating to Macbeth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/19/2013

    " i love hamish and this was classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/5/2013

    " I was made read this in college but its only now I understand how time less Shakespeare really is. Great story & relevant today. Really worth re-reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darragh | 1/25/2013

    " A great and traditional tragedy play. The base of so many later works! A great fundamental introduction into the tragic genre and a hero's descent into madness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cece | 12/14/2012

    " Goodness how bloodthirsty MC Beaton is in this one! Characters dropping like flies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 10/30/2012

    " I enjoyed this book as I have every other book in this series. If you are a fan of Hamish Macbeth, you will surely like this one too. If you are new to these books, It would be better to start with one of the earlier books and work you way up to this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenda | 2/18/2012

    " Love this series! Nice to relax and read a cozy where the characters are like family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/11/2012

    " It was good to catch up with old "friends". I got a kick out of the lazy constable "wife" character. I would love to see a dramatic improvement in Hamish's love life. As for the story line, the body count & sub-plots reminded me of a "Midsomer Murder" episode. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joeydag | 1/3/2012

    " What a great series! Way too many deaths but the author manages to keep it light. On the romantic front, Hammish goes through the wringer again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 11/2/2011

    " Quick easy ready. Enjoy the scenes and the action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 10/20/2011

    " 3.5 just because it's always fun to visit with Hamish MacBeth "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geri | 9/2/2011

    " I have enjoyed Hamish Macbeth from the very beginning. You get just enough of the police procedures to understand the gravity of the situation and when Hamish gets a bad feeling you want to hear all his thoughts because his instincts are right on the money. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 5/30/2011

    " I really enjoy the Hamish Macbeth character and the Scottish Highlands. These light mysteries provide a great change-of-pace from more serious works. Keep going Ms. Chesney! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evangeline | 5/22/2011

    " Very handy to have around to refer to, if i was to buy individual copies of all his works it would be costly and take up far too much space. Alhough of course i still like to buy special copies of my favourites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 5/18/2011

    " I haven't read everything in it, obviously, and the 5 stars is mostly because...well, the book has everything Shakespeare and I bought it at a used-book store four years ago, in mint condish, for 20 bucks. If that doesn't deserve a 5, right off the bat, I don't know what does. Bargain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 5/1/2011

    " Believe it or not, I have read them all O.o "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 4/19/2011

    " Didn't read the whole thing of course....but this is the edition I used in college. Very nice annotated edition, however it's a bit bulky. ;-) I kept it, because really, how much is Shakespeare going to change when my kid takes it in college? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/14/2011

    " The college class I took on Shakespeare's work really cracked it open for me. Knowledge definitely enhances appreciation when it comes to the Bard. This single-volume text includes everything he's written, with annotations. Over 2,000 tissue-thin pages. I just want to pet it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 3/10/2011

    " What do I think well? It one of the greatest books I've read and still reading. I know that I will continue to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reddie | 3/7/2011

    " So far I've only read Hamlet....so far...just wow. Full Review Coming Later "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Javen | 3/4/2011

    " It is not my intent to review the Riverside. There are several well-wrought "complete works." But nobody even comes close to William Shakespeare of Stratford. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 2/17/2011

    " Whether or not you believe that one man named William Shakespeare wrote these plays, it cannot be denied that they are greatly enjoyable on their own and have influenced countless other works of art throughout the ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 2/10/2011

    " Worth the investment- all of his major and minor tragedies, comedies, histories and romances- plus sonnets. Our professor had made us get a version similar to this one (not leather bound). We read a good portion of it but you can only just scratch the surface with Shakespeare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/10/2011

    " I particularly like this annotated edition. Particular attention is paid to both language and historical context. "

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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

Roger Rees, Welsh stage, film, and television actor and, more recently, narrator of audiobooks, is known on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States he received a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Nicholas Nickleby. American TV viewers are familiar with Roger from Cheers, in which he played Robin Colcord. As for audiobooks, Roger has performed in a wide variety of programs, from the L.A. Theatre Works’ production of Lady Windmere’s Fan, to mystery anthologies such as Malice Domestic and thrillers like Pop Goes the Weasel.