Macbeth: William Shakespeares Macbeth Retold: A Novel Audiobook, by Jo Nesbø Play Audiobook Sample

Macbeth: William Shakespeare's Macbeth Retold: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Euan Morton Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 11.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Hogarth Shakespeare Series Release Date: April 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780525588344

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Longest Chapter Length:

07:58 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

12 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

05:09 minutes

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Publisher Description


Shakespeare’s dark and tragic play retold in a heart-pounding New York Times bestselling thriller from the author of The Snowman and The Thirst.


Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo's Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way. 


Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.

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“[The] latest entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, which reinterprets the Bard’s works across multiple genres. Hewing closely to the story, Nesbø fashions Macbeth as the head of a SWAT unit in a rain-darkened, drug-infested Scottish city…Nesbø infuses the mythic elements of the tragedy with bold strokes of horrific, Don Winslow–like drug-war realism. The result displays in a strikingly original way both the timelessness of Shakespeare’s art and the suppleness of noir to range well beyond the strictures of formula.”

— Booklist (starred review) 


  • The legions of readers who adore the dark Scandinavian noir of Jo Nesbø will also love Macbeth, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play.

    — USA Today
  • “The explosive and overwhelming effect of a truck bomb…this horrific, riveting Macbeth ought to be seen by as many people as possible.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • “Macbeth is a blast…ghoulish…beguiling…sardonic…an expression of how captivating an evening of crackling Shakespeare can be.”

    — Washington Post
  • "Nesbø has adhered to his contract, delivering a book that plays off of Shakespeare's work but succeeds as his own.

    — NPR
  • Macbeth is a modern-day drug-war, power-struggle, double-cross, lawmen-versus-gangsters recast of Shakespeare’s Scottish play.

    — Associated Press
  • “Inventive and deeply satisfying…In the end, he offers a dark but ultimately hopeful Macbeth, one suited to our own troubled times.”

    — New York Times
  • “In this ambitious entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, bestseller Nesbø transmutes Macbeth into a crime novel set in 1970s Scotland…The themes will resonate well with contemporary readers…It’s a clever reengineering of one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “The reigning king of Scandinavian noir updates the Scottish play…eminently in the tradition of the gangster remake…On the whole, though, this brutal account is no tragedy. The main takeaway is how remarkably contemporary the most traditional of Shakespeare’s great tragedies remains.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A USA Today Pick of 5 New Books Not to Miss
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Strand Magazine Pick of the Top Ten Books of 2018
  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
  • A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Thrillers/Suspense
  • A New York Times Book Review Pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

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About Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, and economist, as well as a writer. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, and Phantom, and he is also the author of several stand-alone novels and the Doctor Proctor series of children’s books. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Glass Key for best Nordic crime novel.

About Euan Morton

Euan Morton is an Earphones Award–winning narrator. As an actor and singer, he is best known for his role as Boy George in the musical Taboo, which earned him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. He reprised the role on Broadway, earning him the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut, as well as nominations for the ony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League awards. His other stage performances include Leaves of Glass, Sondheim on Sondheim, and Cyrano De Bergerac.