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Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund
著者: Oscar Wilde
再生時間: 3 時間 54 分
カテゴリー: 洋書, Classics

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Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

©2010 WHITEROOM MUSIC LTD (P)2010 WHITEROOM MUSIC LTD

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jefferson
  • 2010/11/28

Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderfully Read

Which is more impressive in this audiobook, the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde or the readings of them by the assembled famous British actors? At their best, Wilde's stories are exquisitely beautiful and painful and reveal deep understanding of the tragedy of the human condition (mortality, inequality, prejudice, selfishness, and hatred), as well as its transcendence through generosity, self-sacrifice, beauty, faith, and love. The readers are perfect, with wise, compassionate, and flexible voices and deep understanding of each word they say and of each scene they depict.

Special highlights are Dame Judi Dench reading "The Nightingale and the Rose" so full of wit and emotion, Jeremy Irons reading "The Devoted Friend" with a surprisingly wide range of voices for different characters, Joanna Lumley reading "The Star Child" and moving me to tears, and Robert Harris reading "The Happy Prince" and moving me to tears, too, especially whenever he says, "Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow." Sir Derek Jacobi reading "The Fisherman and His Soul," Sinead Cusack reading "The Birthday of the Infanta," and Sir Donald Sinden reading "The Selfish Giant" all do fine jobs with fine tales.

The only dud (forgive the pun) is "The Remarkable Rocket," which, despite Geoffrey Palmer's excellent reading and despite the interesting concept (sentient fireworks talking about their upcoming royal display) is finally a mediocre joke that long overstays its welcome. The only disappointment is that the cover art says that there is a bonus track of "The Actress" read by Elaine Stritch, but it's absent from the audiobook.

Anyway, I highly recommend this excellent audiobook.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • H. Hartman
  • 2012/11/12

Not Long Enough

So I'll start this review by saying that Oscar Wilde is already the biggest literary influence in my life. There are so many good things about this recording, it will be difficult to enumerate them all. Let me start by praising the voice actors. Their rendering of these stories is very emotional (with the exception of the firework story, that one is good but silly), done with obvious attention to the story that it almost feels like it's something that they wrote for their children. BTW, I wouldn't mind being read stories by Judi Dench every night before I went to sleep. My favorite, and always has been, is The Happy Prince. I swear to God I cry every single time I read it anyways, and the audio of it had me almost crying in my office. UGH so good. Some stories were new, others were old favorites, but all of it was just perfect. Everybody should own this/ be sharing these stories with everyone. Also a very good cause. You have literally no reason not to own this.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • PkC
  • 2011/03/31

Fairy Tales Oscar Wilde

Audible does not list out each separate story in this collection so I can not simply play the one story I like but must skip or search through this book. There is no table of contents or identification of specific story, narrator, etc. This is a huge drawback.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • ESK
  • 2012/08/01

Masterly reading

It was delightful to listen to O. Wilde's fairy tales. Just look at the list of the narrators. They are virtuosos! I'm glad I bought the audiobook. It is a gem of my collection. Listening to the fairy tales was a captivating experience.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emily
  • 2013/02/11

Brilliant stories, brilliantly read

The different readers all bring something wonderful to Wilde's short stories. Judi Dench's reading of The Nightingale and the Rose is a particular stand-out performance. This collection is well worth buying, and will be one which can be heard again and again, and again and again. Wilde's strories never age and remain timeless, meaningful and poignant. Don't hesitate to buy this collection, even for a moment.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jason Abbadon
  • 2013/12/27

One of the BEST performances ever!

Would you listen to Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde again? Why?

This collection was great- while there were some stories that I considered skipping, as I was not a fan in print, the performances made each story worthwhile. A slight drawback is that the collection does not give the name of the performer with the title of each story- I would love to give each actor praise where it's due, but I only recognize the voice of Dame Judi Dench- and it is to her performances that I am writing to praise specificly.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde?

Judi Dench's performance in The Nightingale and the Rose and, more importantly, The Young King is almost impossible for me to critique- I can find no flaws in her performance and her voice is moving and heartfelt.The Young King though...that's a story I had never read and to hear Ms. Dench perform it moved me utterly.
Her depiction of the characters Death and Avarice is both chilling and enthralling- worth every penny of the purchase price for this performace alone.
This is a collection that should be shared with select friends, or listened to alone and kept near and dear.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ashton
  • 2014/04/03

Cuts to the heart, effortlessly.

I found these stories to be refreshingly brutal. Perhaps it's a misconception that such stories should have a happy ending. Sad sad endings are far more satisfying and meaningful. Read it to your children by all means, they will thank you.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Margaret
  • 2012/09/05

Subversive and thought provoking

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

These stories are sometimes difficult to listen to, particularly as we are socialized these days to expect a happy ending from our entertainment. However, if you stick with it through a few, they act as somewhat of a mental palette cleanser, and help provide a fresh perspective on other stories and events.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jenna
  • 2014/06/21

Beautiful but so depressing

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I remember when I was a kid The Happy Prince was my least favourite fairy tale. It is just so bleak and depressing. This audiobook provided my first experience of Oscar Wilde's other fairy tales and yep, bleak and depressing is the theme for all of them. I don't think there's one with a happy ending. It got a bit much by the end of the book, frankly. Of course, the writing is exquisite and the pairings of some of the narrators - most especially Judy Dench, Joanna Lumley and Jeremy Irons - was divine. But after the first few beautiful but awful stories I found myself growing very impatient to get to the end of the collection. As wonderful as the prose it, it doesn't provide for a pleasant experience. I actually found The Happy Prince to be one of the LEAST depressing stories, and that is saying something.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emily S.
  • 2019/05/10

Beautiful

Both the narrator and the touching and sweet stories in this collection made it a great relaxed experience.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Frank
  • 2010/04/29

What a cast!

The cast of this download reads like someones dream-team! I have always loved Judi Dench, but to have her AND Jeremy Irons AND Joanna Lumley...! And to have Elaine Stritch and Donald Sinden re-teamed! I had not heard of Robert Harris before, but after I looked him up (Sir John Gielgud said that his "was the greatest voice he had ever heard") it must have been a real coup to have recorded him reading such a tragic, beautiful story. These stories are wonderful, to to have such an A+ cast reading them - perfection! The definitive collection, in my opinion.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Louise Hartgen
  • 2010/05/15

Stories You never Outgrow

I came across these stories as a child, when I was really too young to understand them properly. I just loved the language and the imagery of them. Now, in adulthood, revisiting them has been such a joy! Beautifully narated by some of our greatest theatrical luminaries, these are stories everyone should read; stories you'll never outgrow!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ann
  • 2011/08/22

Great readings, fantastic stories.

We bought this for our son but ended up listening to it together as a family. The stories highlight Wilde's ability to craft stories in a seemingly effortless way and we were able to point aspects like the recurrence of three events in the progression of most of the stories - and this to a ten year old. If you like writing listen to this - the acting is flawless too!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • KMSUK
  • 2013/10/11

Excellent bedtime stories

Would you listen to Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde again? Why?

These stories are a substitute for bedtime stories read by myself for my grandchildren.
We will listen to them together each night
Whilst some of the stories could be a little clearer and read a little slower the overall audiobook is fantastic and is a great way to keep traditional fairytales alive for a future generation

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019/03/21

one track for multiple stories

the writing and performance is good my complaint is you can't click from one story to another it's all one track and completely frustrating. Also there is no list of contents of the download just the names of the actors performing it. ridiculous!!! I'm leaving

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Nicholas M.
  • 2018/02/09

short Stories by Oscar Wilde

I loved these short stories. They were read beautifully. All the different voices added so much to them.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Roanna
  • 2016/07/23

Exceptional

Wonderfully narrated - a pure pleasure on a stormy, thundery night. Many a tale brought tears to my eyes.