There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin
I took enormous pleasure in listening to these plays. I recommend buying the collection if you like G.B. Shaw.
The Wild Duck is a tragicomedy that abounds in imagery. For instance, the title and the idea behind it - shooting the duck and only wounding it. There are lots of wounded ducks in the play: characters who are ruined by the circumstances,and who let themselves go.
Some of the characters (Gina and Hakon) are down-to-earth and practical, others (Gregers and Hjalmar) are so melodramatic and pathetic, wallowing in self-delusion, lacking the gumption to change things.
That's not a kind of play that overwhelms you from the start. It's truly realistic. And to really appreciate it you have to analyze a lot. If you're fond of drama, then that's for you.
But frankly, I did not enjoy the performance at all. Especially, that of Jane Lerwill's, in the role of Hedvig. She sounded fake, and her lisp really got on my nerves. This is why, that's only three stars.
I was actually unsure whether to buy this or not, as I was worried that, being recorded at a real theatrical performance, the lack of any kind of description of the scenes and actions would make it difficult to follow, and consequently render it less enjoyable.
I had no reason to worry. The quality of the sound is very good, and the actors are really great, so you can recognize the different characters with no problem. And fortunately the conversations alone let you easily understand where the action is taking place and what is happening.
As for the rest, there is very little to say:
I won't even try to review the story, it's just too great (and witty, and silly, and funny, and brilliant, and a lot of other similar adjectives) for words.
The quality of the sound is very good.
The actors impersonate the various characters perfectly, and hearing this play actually acted out is infinitely better than just reading it (after all, this is the way it was meant to be enjoyed). I already knew the story well (it's one of my favorite books) but hearing it this way still made me laugh out loud!!!