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Macbeth (Shakespeare's Hot) [Abridged] [Audio Cassette]

William Shakespeare , Durkin-Hayes Audio
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July 1999 0886465443 978-0886465445 Abridged
"The Oxford School Shakespeare" is a series which aims to help students understand and enjoy Shakespeare's plays. As well as the complete and unabridged text, each play in this series has an range of students' notes. These include detailed explanations of difficult words and passages, a synopsis of the plot, summaries of individual scenes, and notes on the main characters. Also included is a wide range of questions and activities for work in class, together with the historical background to Shakespeare's England, a brief biography of Shakespeare, and a complete list of his plays.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–Each book includes a brief introduction to the play, followed by an illustrated cast of characters and a glossary of literary terms. Annotated text from the play alternates with black-and-white illustrations of selected scenes, in the style of a graphic novel. It is unclear why the editors did not make these true graphic novels throughout. The black-and-white comic art is undistinguished, and as most of it simply depicts two characters in conversation, it does little to clarify what is going on. The first two plays in particular offer marvelous possibilities for the illustrator, so the ho-hum comics are disappointing. Think about it boxes contain study questions such as, What has worried Macbeth? and boxed Literary terms give examples like, ‘Hermia...Hermia...Helena...' is...alliteration. Teacher's guides accompany the books. Those interested in a graphic-novel interpretation might want to consider Arthur Byron Cover's Macbeth (Puffin, 2005), which is illustrated in manga style and would probably appeal more to reluctant readers. These titles might be useful for teaching Shakespeare to reluctant readers, but a better choice might be a simple annotated Shakespeare such as a Sparknotes No Fear Shakespeare series (Spark), supplemented by Bruce Coville's William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1999) and William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (2003, both Penguin), which are picture-book prose adaptations, or Adam McKeown's Romeo and Juliet: Young Reader's Shakespeare (Sterling, 2004).–Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"...wonderfully informative introdutory essay." Studies in English Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Shakespeare's Hot
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: DH Audio; Abridged edition (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886465443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886465445
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,983,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yale's may be the best edition of Macbeth December 30, 2005
By kaream
Virtually all editions of Macbeth will have at least some annotations. Rummaging through five different editions, I preferred this Yale University Press version, edited by Burton Raffel, as having the most comprehensive and comprehensible notes, as well as an excellent introduction to Shakespeare's play. Raffel not only explains the meanings of obscure words, but also gives brief notes pertaining to relevant history, geography, stage directions, etc, that are rarely addressed as fully by other editors. In addition, Raffel frequently gives the proper way to stress the syllables in a line when reading it aloud, which can be extremely helpful. (However, in most places these stresses need to be very subtle, so that you don't sound like "taDUM taDUM taDUM".) And Yale's page layout is among the clearest that I've seen.

As a bonus, this edition includes at the back a long essay on the play by Harold Bloom. This is not an uninteresting commentary, but Bloom desperately needs a good editor. His essay is not only at least three times longer than it should be, but is startlingly repetitious. Yale would have been wise to have asked Bloom for a rewrite.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful edition of a great play August 14, 2005
Macbeth has always been one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. It is vivid, has blood & murder, magic, visions, treachery, and just deserts. I mean, what is not to love? The play moves along quickly and isn't one of the longer plays. For all these reasons and more, audiences love it.

But there is a lot more to the play than the plot outline might suggest. Shakespeare brilliantly works out the subtleties of character through the action, interactions, and self-discussions in the play. It isn't a simple "action" play, it is also a masterwork of revealing the character of the characters even when they are themselves unaware of the trap they are leaping into.

I am partial to the Arden editions because I trust the text, love the extensive notes, and the introductory and additional material that helps give the play context and talks about sources Shakespeare almost certainly used. In this case Holinshed's "Chronicles of Scotland". Throughout this edition there are also discussions of the textural problems of this play: where some things seem to be missing, what might be interpolations, and so forth.

This is a very useful edition of a great play.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware November 8, 2006
Format:Perfect Paperback
The subtitle is "A facing-pages translation into contemporary English" and it is not a line by line translation, it simply has short scene summaries, a disappointment given this description. Also it would be more accurate to call this a pamphlet rather than a book since it is 30 pages of text and 10 pages of bibliography and appendices. I bought it to supplement classroom material and ironically found out that appearances are not reality!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Annotated version of Shakepeare's Classic January 10, 2010
Many readers of Shakespeare spend hours trying to navigate the Olde English. When they finally grasp the language (seldom before Act III) they are treated to a rare experience in poetic power. The pages begin flying past as the master's prose engulfs our attention. But too many have already quit in frustration or arrived arrive exhausted. Enter this nicely practical edition for the tragedy of MacBeth. Readers gain knowledge and proficiency from the excellent annotationns and helping points, as if a gentle hand is guiding us over the hump. We still need to work, but we get there faster. Then we enjoy the genuis of Shakespeare as his prose begins to fly. MacBeth is a stark tale of raw ambition, deceit, murder, passion, and madness. We follow the evil hands of MacBeth and Lady MacBeth as they lust for power. "None of woman born shall harm MacBeth," the deceitful witches tell them, along with a warning to "beware of McDuff." Hearing what they want to hear, MacBeth and Lady MacBeth proceed on a trail of pure evil. After shedding blood, their assumption of power does not provide the rewards that MacBeth and his Lady expected. Instead they find a dark spiral that descends into fear, guilt, and madness. Shakespeare apparently penned this classic in the first decade of the 1600's; now some four centuries later it remains a gripping, powerful tale. And this version should help readers "get there" a little faster, at which the master's prose takes us in stunning, poetic flow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favorite Shakespeare Publishers February 3, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm a high school English teacher. I order 150 copies of various volumes of Shakespeare plays for my students every year. I've worked with 5 or 6 different editions/publishers of Macbeth over the last 11 years. This new series surpasses the other editions I've used by leaps and bounds.

The play, of course, is fabulous and timeless. This review is for the book though. My students like holding it, they are excited to have a better book than their peers in other teachers' classes. I highly recommend the Modern Library Classics series of Shakespeare's plays.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching tool. September 9, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great teaching tool for those of us who like to teach out of the box. It has everthing from think-share-pair to essay topics to projects. To quote directly from the book "This is Shakespeare's language, filled with imaginative possibilites. You will find on every left-hand page: a summary of the action, an explanation of unfamilar words, a choice of activites on Shakespeare's language, characters and stories." On the right-hand page is the play. I do not use everything because I do not have time :( But I would not be able to get the kids as actively engaged as I do without it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kindle version of Shakespeare's plays.
If you are looking for a good Kindle edition of Shakespeare, buy the Modern Library versions edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing important context
The text isn't formatted in a way that informs the reader as to how the lines are meant to be read. For instance, in the passage toward the beginning of Act2, Scene 2 where Lady... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joseph Pescatello
FABULOUS! Rex Gibson series will transform the way you teach Shakespeare's plays. The techniques, tested in hundreds of classrooms in Great Britain, engage ALL teens (AP, ESL,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J.S. Kelley
3.0 out of 5 stars book
I bought this book for school. Required reading. It was okay for a school book. I did like the story.
Published 9 months ago by Linda Robus
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare
I bought this for my children and they do really like it. Definitely creative fun and entertaining to keep young minds active.
Published 10 months ago by Allison Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scottish Play!
What's not to like. Some of the best lines in the canon, with a full annotation for almost everything you would care to know.
Published 13 months ago by Jill C Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, nice book.
How can you go wrong? Great drama, beautiful edition and compact size. Great gift for anyone that loves Shakespeare's best drama.
Published 15 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I first bought a "Barnes & Noble" Shakespeare for my son, in their shop, because the edition recommended by his school had sold out &, to me, as a lover of Shakespeare,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Krys Brennand
5.0 out of 5 stars The first crime novel. I enjoy Shakespeare.
This was the first crime novel. A bitchy wife consumed with gaining power then goes mad.
The witches for a bit of darkness. Read more
Published 21 months ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners, though...
The notes in the play are extraordinary and range from debate over how lines should be punctuated to analysis of images in the text. Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Dougin
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