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Macbeth

By: Jo Nesbo
Narrated by: Derek Riddell
Series: Hogarth Shakespeare, Book 7
Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

He's the best cop they've got.

When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath, it's up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess.

He's also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past.

He's rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They're all within reach.

But a man like him won't get to the top.

Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He's convinced he won't get what is rightfully his.

Unless he kills for it.

©2018 Jo Nesbo (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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A modern take on the original.

This was a fantastic version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth- grim, poetic, vengeful, and full of pathos. And even if you’ve never seen, heard or read the original, it is still a cracking good story. The narrator was amazing, too - I found his reading absolutely riveting. I’ve always enjoyed Jo Nesbo, and this is quite a departure for him, in both style and content. I think it works incredibly well, though.

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a well known story

struggled to finish as it was too much of a take on Shakespeare but loved the presentation

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Macbeth

In my view not the best book by Jo Nesbo. The book did not appeal like all his other books have

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  • rob
  • 06-06-2018

very disappointed

very disappointed, plot holes you could drive a double decker bus through, not usual standard

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Macbeth with modern twist

Strong entrance, then story slows down a bit to gradually build up for the big finally. Enjoyable book to listen.

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Sorry everyone-but NO

Just couldn't finish the book. Great writing . Probably a great project - however we all know the story and doesn't end well.

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lengthy modern adaptation, great story great value

lengthy modern adaptation, great story great value. the characters all intertwine to brew up a great plot

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A very clever book....

I loved hearing this book .... well read and performed but a brilliant book anyway. A clever retell of Shakespeare!

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  • M.
  • 01-05-2018

First Nesbo book read

Very very well narrated .. struggled to visualize it being set in Norway with Scottish narrator , names and locations. But that did not detract from Derek Riddells narration. Did find the book a little far fetched, but it still held my attention right to the end . Off now to start the Harry Hole series

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  • Flavio Santos
  • 11-05-2018

Terrible Scottish accent through

There is only one reader with a forced Scottish accent which is really tiring to listen to.

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  • FrankstMal
  • 16-05-2018

Another brillitany reimagining by Hogarth

A superb story, tightly written to keep you resetting the sleep timer as you just cant stop listening. The narrator is superb. He has created perfect characters. Highly recommend this and the entire Hogarth series.

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  • Joliat DuBerg Suzanna
  • 21-05-2018

Excellent!

Excellent literature! Depth of insigh, interesting characters, recognition of the variety of outcome of child abuse.

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  • williamschef
  • 19-04-2018

Brilliant

As much as I missed Sean barret Reading it, the narrator was absolutely brilliant.. I’m a huge fan of the harry hole books, but I think this is actually better.. the transference of placing Macbeth into 70’s (Glasgow) - it’s never named..but pretty clear...was very clever with the perfect intonation of all the classic Macbeth beats. I thoroughly enjoyed this and sacrificed a few hours sleep to finish it

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  • mum
  • 16-08-2018

Nesbo’s Macbeth

A clever, well written book which echoes Shakespeare’s play, but maintains it’s own identity. It’s flawed characters lure you in as the web of double dealing, power struggles and betrayal creates a compelling read.

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  • Judy Lovelock
  • 10-04-2018

Mmmm

Sorry not for me, not what I thought it would be, I found it very boring, and could not get to grips with the storyline

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  • Mr. Nicholas P. Senechal
  • 25-08-2018

Nesbo takes on the human condition, good and evil.

it took s few chapters to adjust but the adoption of Shakespeare's Macbeth worked for me. set in a dystopian seventies Scotland (with its I institutions based more on Scandinavian than UK models), I found the spreading of the characterisation to more fully explore the motivation of MacDuff ( "Duff") and the supporting Thanes ( here police officers) compelling and made it a really rewarding listen. there's also the fun of lining up the re-written soliloquis and re staged set pieces with the original. For a hardened Nesbo reader it's difficult not to see Duff and Macbeth as two sides of Harry Hole, of course. But not to linger over this it's brilliant and compelling.

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  • NJ
  • 18-05-2020

Wow wow wow wow wow!

I love Shakespeare and have never been afraid to leave a theatre if a performance was terrible. I am also a huge fan of Jo Nesbo's writing. Few authors have me so enthralled. However, I avoided listening to this for some time because I wasn't sure what to expect. What an incredible take on MacBeth. I have previously referred to Jo Nesbo as a wordsmith, someone who can wrote in such a way that the reader/listener becomes emotionally invested in the story and the characters. This is possibly his best work and I've read and listened to upwards of 15 of his books. A true masterpiece and very well read. With 2 small children, i no longer have time to read so Audible is an absolute godsend because I can still enjoy a good book whilst doing house stuff, bum changes etc. If you haven't tried audible yet, use it for some "me time".

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  • Luc Praetor
  • 18-11-2018

Complex, Tragic

A brilliant modern setting for Shakespeare's tragedy. Including plot twists. It goes beyond the scope of Shakespeare's original and uses Nesbo's own literary devices to satisfy reader's need for rhetoric.

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  • pongol
  • 02-07-2018

big mistake.

I loved the Harry hole series and looked forward to this new book I was very disappointed and had to force myself to finish listening .Resurrect Harry please !

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  • L. Forster
  • 20-06-2018

Could not get into this story at all.

Could not get into the story at all. Couldn't keep track of what was going on.

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  • CraigD
  • 27-06-2018

Poor

Give up on it, sounded like an amalgamation of authors doing a parody on Scottish crime writing

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  • Gordon
  • 28-07-2020

Nesbo slow starter.

Unlike Nesbo this one is a slow starter. But stick with it. I struggled with this at the start but was a grower. Have read every Nesbo book. This is not his best but a departure from Scandi Noir.