First Witch: When shall we three meet again?Antony and Cleopatra-
Philo: Nay, but this dotage of our general's O'erflows the measure.I find it hard at times to put down my thoughts when it comes to plays, especially those of Shakespeare, so I hope ya'll will enjoy my thoughts on four of his tragedies and narration of the audiobooks. I'll also try to keep it short...ish.
I've always liked the opening for Macbeth, with the three witches meeting with Macbeth, and how it sets a slightly grim setting for the story plus they were absolutely maniacal in the audiobook.
While I may not be the biggest fan of Shakespeare's work, I can appreciate that he did have a way with words and building tension in his books, like in Macbeth. I really enjoyed how everything that happened in the book can pretty much be boiled down to one man (Macbeth) putting all his stock on the prophecies of the witches, because without their encounter must likely nothing would have happened.
My favorite part of Macbeth is definitely any scene featuring the three witches, the reason their scenes were the best is partly because they are the catalyse to the plot line and are what set Macbeth down the path of bloodshed and to becoming king of Scotland.
The one thing I didn't like about Antony and Cleopatra was that Shakespeare basicaly killed antony and Cleopatra after the same fashion as R&J. Antony thought that Cleopatra was dead, so he asked his aid to kill (he wouldn't and instead killed himself) then he mortally wounds himself and dies in her arms. Then, a little later Cleopatra kills herself, see what I mean it's pretty much the same thing that happened in R&J.
The main reason I didn't like Coriolanus is that the characters were so vapid and shallow, and there didn't really seem to be any point (that I could see) to the story. I can sum up the story in just a few words, love betrayal, power struggle, and blood vendetta.
So, Coriolanus barely held my attention, which is why I don't have much to say about it.
The Essential Tragedies was my first foray into a full cast audiobook, and I must say that it blew me away.
while I was a bit surprised that it was a full cast narration, I found myself really enjoying it because he cast did a phenomenal job. I loved the passion that you could feel during certain scenes, the real dramatic ones, and for once was actually pulled into Shakespeare's work (where as usually I have to force myself to finish one of his plays).
Hands down, the thing that makes The Essential Tragedies vol 2 so good is the readers. They are what makes this an addictive listen, and for them alone I recommend giving this audiobook a shot even if you're not a fan of Shakespeare.
The only thing I did not care for in this audiobook set was the music that accompanied it. at times at found it to be distracting and a little loud in places. The worst music would have to have been in Othello, it was a little too jazzy for the setting of the book.
Final Verdict: The full cast audiobook of Shakespeare's: The Essential Tragedies is the only way Shakespeare should be done. It was brilliant and made Shakespeare enjoyable.
Shakespeare: The Essential Tragedies vol 2 earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.