Acclaimed children's author Caroline B. Cooney is well-known for her engaging, sophisticated novels for young adults. Here she transports listeners into the world of Shakespeare's Macbeth through the eyes of a young girl named Mary. As a ward of the royal court, Mary has a behind-the- scenes view of the madness taking hold of the warrior and subsequent King Macbeth and his bride. And when Mary's father is executed for treason, Mary must use all of her cunning to escape the chaos unleashed by these power-hungry demagogues.
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by Caroline B. Cooney
by Gemma Malley
by Alexander McCall Smith
"Battles, deceit, and loyalty abound in Cooney's masterful reworking of Shakespeare's MACBETH. Her spellbinding story clarifies the plot of the classic play with its use of modern prose and its addition of engaging new characters whose stories help fill in the gaps left in the original. The resulting story, written for young adults, will enthrall adult listeners as well. Narrator Charlotte Parry's native British accent is fitting, but she excels most when she invokes the Scots dialect, whether speaking as a male, a female, or the "wyrd sisters." The strength of the story, combined with Parry's talent, will keep listeners engaged for the entire production and shivering at the voices of the witches long after the last word. B.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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