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Shakespeare's classic play of deception, intrigue, and murder is reinventedin the Japanese manga style. Set on a vast ringworld encircling a sun, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, scheme and plot their way to power, only to be undone by their own deadly plans. Artist Tony Tamai's unique vision and style breathe new life into a captivating classic.
Paperback, 81 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Coughlan Publishing (first published 1606)
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Sep 14, 2009 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
Years after first adding this to my "Shakespeare" shelf, I finally sat down and did it. So here, long overdue, is

The Scottish Play, abridged:

WITCHES: Bibbity bobbity boo! Time to fuck with the mortals!

DUNCAN: Isn’t Macbeth great? Now there’s a guy I can always trust to have my back. I should promote him.


WITCHES: ThaneofGlamisandCawdorandFutureKingsayswhat?


May 18, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't you kind of hate how we've entered the decadent phase of Goodreads wherein perhaps fifty percent (or more) of the reviews written by non-teenagers and non-romancers are now naked and unabashed in their variously effective attempts at being arch, wry, meta, parodic, confessional, and/or snarky?

Don't you kind of pine (secretly, in the marrow of your gut's merry druthers) for the good ol' days of Goodreads (known then as when all reviews were uniformly plainspoke
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present A Thing You Probably Didn't Want But Are Going To Get Anyway:

Macbeth, in GIFs:

King Duncan to Macbeth:

Macbeth to King (secretly):

Lady Macbeth:


Lady Macbeth to Macbeth:

Macbeth to Duncan:


Malcom and Donalbain:


Macbeth to Banquo:



Malcolm to Macduff:

Macduff and Malcom:


Lady Macbeth:

Lady Macbeth:






There are two reasons to love this play.

The first reason is Lady Macbeth. Man, that girl has got it goin’ on. Have you ever found yourself in the running for, say, a new position that’s opened up at your company, a position for which you—along with one of your equally worthy colleagues, perhaps—might qualify? You may not have given much thought to your professional advancement before, but now that this promotion has been dangled before you, it has ignited a spark of ambitious desire. Imagine the
Huda Yahya
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing

هذا في رأيي هو أفضل سطر كتب عن العدمية في التاريخ
وهو السطر الذي استمد منه فولكنز عنوان رائعته الصخب والعنف

هذا هو كتابي المفضل رقم (1)
وسيظل كذلك ما حييت

نبوغ شكسبير لا يحتاج أحدا ليدلل عليه
فأكيف بالله عليكم أحلل أو أناقش عملا له
لا أملك الجرأة بعد
وإن أتتني الجرأة فهل تسعفني الكلمات؟

قصتي مع ماكبث تتلخص في هيام تام بكل حرف كُتب
وبكل مشهد صور

سطور ماكبث تطاردني في كل مكان
تحلق أمامي أبدية الخلود
تؤكد لي يوما بعد يوم أنها ستظل محفورة بداخلي

3.5 stars

So I listened to the Playaway audio version, and it was good! Instead of someone reading the story, this one has a whole cast reading it like a play. There's even sound effects!
{insert booming thunder}


I know, right?!
So, yeah, that was very cool!

Now, as far as the actual play goes?
Eh. It was ok.
Wait, wait, wait! Before you tell me I'm an idiot (debatable), and that this was the best thing since sliced cheese, let me remind you that I was listening to this sucker, so it's not like I coul
Mar 29, 2015 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Believers of the occult & Skeptics
While nature remains an impassive witness that blossoms with wounded beauty and treacherous storms in “King Lear”, it embodies a mystic underworld rich with esoteric tradition and almost sacrilegious imagery in “Macbeth”.
Apparitions, ghosts and witches dance at the tune of lyrical prophecies and besiege the open plains of Scotland during nighttime. Only Macbeth hears their infantile incantations:

“The weyward sisters, hand in hand,
Posters of the sea and land,
Thus go do about, about.
Thrice to thin
Bill  Kerwin

This is Shakespeare's darkest play not only because of the restricted palette of its images--shades of black occasionally varied with the bright red of blood--but also because, in the play's vicious world of warfare and witchcraft, its hero is half-damned from the start.
Kat Stark
Dec 03, 2015 Kat Stark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, literature

And the award to best female villain!! Guess who.

This was really interesting, and the audiobook I listened to was GREAT, but it wasn't my favorite Shakespeare.
Maybe I'm just not a fan of some tragedies? In Macbeth, everyone is just the worst, but it's very interesting to read about them even if I don't love it.
I want to try reading it again / seeing it, but reading it so spread out and not actually seeing it played out probably hurt my rating.
May 04, 2013 Bram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, the-bard, 2013
After a discussion of this play that went over 100 comments, a review seems at once superfluous and necessary to give greater exposure to an excellent conversation. One of the best things about Goodreads is that it provides a forum to hash out discrepancies of opinion thoughtfully and passionately, so that our own feelings and understandings can be challenged by and challenging for others. I think what you’ll find below is a perfect example of this, enacted by people who care deeply about Shakes ...more
Jason Koivu
Apr 29, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
Witches, superstition and mysticism create one of the Bard's more fantastical of plays. Add to it the very real, human elements of self-doubt, manipulation, betrayal and soul-tormenting regret and you get one of the most enjoyable, poignant pieces of literature of all time.

Perhaps only Hamlet reaches a higher level of human suffering encapsulated (Yes, Lear comes close.) I love the hell out Shakespeare's most popular, most well-known play, but Hamlet's interminable introspection tends to mire th
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Macbeth (30) versus The Complete Sherlock Holmes (19)

This early draft of Macbeth, recently translated from the original Klingon, casts new light on the play and has already caused its fair share of controversy. We present two extracts.


Surely no man suspects I killed the King?
Or if they do, they durst not breathe a word
Knowing our wrath...


Well, actually, my lord
There's quite a few down at the bar
Natalie Monroe

That's it. That's Macbeth in one sentence.
Dec 27, 2015 Sabah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dearest Husband,

Having read your letter I can confirm that I am gladdened that you have shared with me these exceptional prophecies. Let me reassure you that you and I are as of one mind in deed and purpose.

I am resolute, my dearest love, to make faithful all that you have been promised and shall not hesitate in seizing the opportunity presented to us. Duncan’s imminent arrival is supernatural providence indeed. It will be fortuitous for us to seize the moment to our advantage so that tomorrow w
Apr 08, 2013 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, shakespeare
"I will not be afraid of death and bane,
Till Birnam forest comes to Dunisnane."
(Act 5, Sc. 3)

I personally find Macbeth more enjoyable than Hamlet. It's a great tale about a Scottish General's hunger for power after a strange prophecy by a trio of witches, and how power and ambition can blind people and turn them evil. It always astounds me how quickly Macbeth went from a meek man to a murderous tyrant.Lady MAcbeth's strength and bloodlust also amazes me.

"Life's but a walking shadow; a poor pla
May 31, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For my birthday tomorrow my wife got us tickets to go see Sleep No More here in New York - an immersive theater experience based upon Macbeth. I've not read / seen the play performed for many years, so to refresh our memories today my wife indulged my one-man presentation of all five acts. All apologies to my friends in Scotland for butchering the accents.

Of all Shakespeare's plays, Macbeth's themes might be the most frequently plumbed by modern purveyors of quality entertainment (Game of Throne
Esteban del Mal
Sep 27, 2010 Esteban del Mal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aspiring Machiavellians
Location: Central California coast. A beach.

ESTEBAN: [aside] Methinks that the cover art for this Bantam Classic edition makes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth looketh much alike. 'Tis freakish!
Forsooth, gender is all over the place in this play: the bearded sisters are hermaphroditical, Macduff is some kind of übermensch because he has avoided the taint (heh) of natural birth. Is Macbeth some kind of frustrated homosexual? If so, it serves those gay bashing medieval Scottish bastards right! Burn it al
Magrat Ajostiernos
Dec 26, 2015 Magrat Ajostiernos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, teatro
¡Por fin una obra de Shakespeare que me conquista! ¡Ya era hora!
Me ha encantado 'Macbeth', con esa ambientación tenebrosa, las traiciones y asesinatos, sus brujas y espectros... ¡Genial!
Nov 28, 2015 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonfaith by: Gregsamsa
I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on the other.

Last winter I heard a report on NPR about Stalin's dacha in Sochi. Such featured some curious design features including a bulletproof sofa with extended headrests that prevented his head being exposed from behind to an assassin. The curtains were also shorter in length from the top to prevent someone from hiding from behind them. As I drove I mused as to what sort of world-view
Carmo Santos
Aug 01, 2015 Carmo Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, inglaterra
A sempre apelativa dicotomia bem/mal, a ambição desmedida levada ao limite e à insanidade, a fatal perversidade feminina tão ou mais perigosa que um exército, traição, morte, culpa, loucura e mais morte para expiar o sangue derramado. O génio dramatúrgico de Shakespeare numa histórica baseada em acontecimentos reais, que se mantém tragicamente actual. A humanidade não aprende e não tem emenda. Com um toque de magia e sobrenatural a desencadear os acontecimentos, mas a deixar espaço ao homem para ...more
Huda Aweys
Injustice .. greed .. desire .. In the initial primitive pictures !
Emily May
May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still my favourite Shakespeare play? I think so.
Language-wise, Shakespeare is always a master. He invented many a word and phrase that we all use even today, centuries later. But some of the stories and characters are better than others. Macbeth, in my opinion, sits near the top of the pile. The witches and their fateful prophecies, the bloody betrayals, the madness of Lady Macbeth, and the tragedy of Macbeth himself. Bringing about his own prophesised downfall, step by step. Nothing short of ge
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Macbeth (30) versus 1984 (22)


... and now over to Northern Airstrip One, where Macduffian freedom fighters and our East Asian allies are close to encircling the Eurasian-backed dictator Macbeth's last stronghold. We have a journalist reporting live now from just outside Dunsinane Castle.

[Windswept Scottish Highlands scene. JOURNALIST in combat gear in foreground, camouflaged soldiers carrying branches behind him. Sound of automatic weapo
Sep 02, 2008 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
This was my first ever Shakespeare.

We studied it in high school in Year Eleven. It was the only Shakespeare we studied in High School. Now, in the last three years of high school, my daughters read a play by Shakespeare every year.

I remember, before I started reading this play, how afraid I was. I knew, you see, it was very important that I understand Shakespeare – even if I had to pretend. It was that important that I understand him. I knew that this was going to be a test of my ‘intelligence
May 01, 2015 Afshar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
مکبث نمايشنامه ي بسيار دردناک در مورد جاه طلبي است
طمع و زياده خواهي گاهي چنان انسان را اسير خود مي كند كه نه تنها چيزي عايدش نمي شود بلكه داشته هايش را هم از وي مي گيرد

كسي از آينده چيزي نمي داند ولي عده اي بر اين باورند كه انسانهايي هستند كه به كمك جادوگري از آينده افراد آگاه مي شوند.اما سوال اساسي اين است كه دانستن آينده به نفع آدمي است يا ضررش؟

مكبث در تقديرش آمده كه پادشاه خواهد شد. سه ساحره آينده را براي وي بازگو مي كنند،اما مكبث ديگر آن آدم پيشين نيست و از شجاعت و شمشيرش بجاي دفاع از خاك و م
Jan 17, 2008 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o'er."

A sure sign you're totally fucked.
Jul 15, 2015 Poncho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"[T]he innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast."

"How could I delay for so long my reading Shakespeare and specially Macbeth?" That was the first thing that came to my mind after reading the first act. I was thrilled from the very first scene to the last oneby such a humane and yet supernatural play. I think what's great is that the author wrote
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
Macbeth is my favourite out of everything else by The Bard. Next to Julius Caesar.

(I read the abridged stories version of it as a child, not the real play back then. I've only begun reading the original plays recently)

I have a thirst for anything that is macabre and Macbeth got just that. My fix was satisfied. There are witches(my favourite term is 'soothsayers'), goddess of magic, apparitions, BLOODSHED and.... more bloodshed.

I love reading Macbeth as he rise in power (by means of murderin
mark monday
i love this play like a simile I can't come up with.

well that last review pretty much sums up anything i could possibly ever say. i even stole that first line up there from one of the reviews above. sometimes it's okay
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”
“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
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