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Michael

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  • "Impressive Collection of Shaw"

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    I hesitated getting a long collection of plays in audio, concerned it might be too dry or boring. This collection of eight Shaw plays was performed wonderfully and was a joy to listen to. It turns out a collection of great plays is a really nice choice for a long drive with the family. These plays are still witty and penetrating. The casting is excellent with different enough voices to allow the characters to be clear. There are a few cases of stage-craft that you lose in audio-only; nevertheless the experience is well worth the time. This was the first collection of audible plays I have ordered, but having enjoyed it so much, I just ordered several more collections from the same theater company.

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    The George Bernard Shaw Collection

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Shirley Knight, Anne Heche, JoBeth Williams, and others
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    Eight of George Bernard Shaw's most memorable plays in one splendid collection: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, The Devil’s Disciple, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Misalliance, and Pygmalion.

    Michael says: "Impressive Collection of Shaw"
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  • The George Bernard Shaw Collection

    "A master"

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    Riveting, moving performances. Wonderful works performed by various groups. If you like theater, you will love these. So well done I feels like I was present at the performance.

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  • 4.3 (222 ratings)

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Lisa says: "A wonderful production of a great play!"
  • 4.3 (63 ratings)

    A Woman of No Importance

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, Rosalind Ayres, and others
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    Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the "best" houses, while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion. In this devastating drawing-room comedy, Oscar Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans.

    Cheryl says: "Pitch Perfect Performance"
  • 4.3 (43 ratings)

    An Ideal Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    A tender love story, a serpentine villainess, a glittering setting in London society, and a showering of Wildean witticism are only a few of the reasons why this play has enjoyed hugely successful revivals in London, in New York, and on the silver screen. This 1895 drama is eerily prescient, as it examines the plight of a promising politician, desperate to hide a secret in his past. With empathy and wit, Oscar Wilde explores the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest of us.

    Mary says: "better heard than read"
  • 4.4 (35 ratings)

    The George Bernard Shaw Collection

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Shirley Knight, Anne Heche, JoBeth Williams, and others
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    Eight of George Bernard Shaw's most memorable plays in one splendid collection: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, The Devil’s Disciple, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Misalliance, and Pygmalion.

    Michael says: "Impressive Collection of Shaw"
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  • 4.3 (23 ratings)

    A Doll House

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Henrik Ibsen
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, Tony Abatemarco, Tim Dekay, and others
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    (20)
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    (21)

    A new recording of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, starring Calista Flockhart. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora’s well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen’s play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.

    Jayne says: "Very Interesting!"
  • 4.5 (18 ratings)

    Othello

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding, Hugh Quarshie, Anton Lesser
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    This widely studied play is one of the "best sellers" of the Shakespeare canon. This production is the sixth Shakespeare play in the series undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press.

    H. M. Behrens says: "vocals strong - each character easy to track"
  • 4.3 (15 ratings)

    Major Barbara

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Roger Rees, J. B. Blanc, and others
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    Barbara is a major in the Salvation Army - but she's also the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, a man who's made millions from the sale of weapons of war. The real battle, however, rages between between the devilish father and his idealistic daughter as they answer the question: does salvation come through faith or finance? This sparkling comedy traverses family relations, religion, ethics and politics - as only Shaw, the master dramatist, can!

  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Includes introduction and commentary by Mary Shelley. Required reading for any fan of science fiction and horror genres. A classic.

    Darwin8u says: "A Monster of Fiction"
  • Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

    • ORIGINAL (32 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Arnold Weinstein
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    The major texts of Western culture are a gateway to wisdom that can widen your views on self and society in enduring ways. And now you can examine its most important works - whether drama, poetry, or narrative - in this series of 64 penetrating lectures that reveal astonishing common ground.

    Saud says: "Could have been more"
  • Othello

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding, Hugh Quarshie, Anton Lesser
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    (18)
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    (17)
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    This widely studied play is one of the "best sellers" of the Shakespeare canon. This production is the sixth Shakespeare play in the series undertaken by Naxos AudioBooks in conjunction with Cambridge University Press.

    H. M. Behrens says: "vocals strong - each character easy to track"
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Hilton Edwards, Michael MacLiammoir, Daphne Carroll
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    Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed. An unabridged cast performance of Shakespeare's comedy about the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew.

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  • Othello (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Cyril Cussack, Frank Silvera, Celia Johnson
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    The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own ends. Cyril Cussack, Frank Silvera, and Celia Johnson star in this unabridged performance of Shakespeare's Othello.

  • A Raisin in the Sun: CliffsNotes

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rosetta James, B.A.
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
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    The CliffsNotes study guide on Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
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    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Lisa says: "A wonderful production of a great play!"
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Frank Duncan, and others
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    Lovers lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and, yes, love. Sir Ian McKellen, Prunella Scales, Frank Duncan, and Joan Hart perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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  • Pride and Prejudice (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Christina Calvit
    • Narrated By Diane Adair, Jane Carr, Chloe Dworkin, and others
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    The dour, Mr. Darcy is anything but popular with the Bennets, especially when he fancies a member of their clan. And as Elizabeth reluctantly deals with Mr. Darcy’s advances, their romance seems destined to fail. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set the standard for romantic comedies when it debuted in 1813, and it still speaks to audiences worldwide through countless adaptations.

  • The Seagull

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov, Christopher Hampton (translator)
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, T. R. Knight, Stephen Collins, and others
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    Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is considered one of his most haunting and atmospheric character studies. A would-be playwright is at war with his egoistic mother while the town has become intoxicated by a sensational author. And as the alluring newcomer steals away Kosta’s only love, their new romance could have devastating consequences. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance.

  • Oedipus Rex

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • Narrated By Douglas Campbell
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    Full-cast dramatization of Oedipus the King, the Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed c. 429 BCE. Featuring Douglas Campbell, Eric House and Robert Goodier.

    wlthlla says: "Not a bad story"
  • The George Bernard Shaw Collection

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated By Shirley Knight, Anne Heche, JoBeth Williams, and others
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Eight of George Bernard Shaw's most memorable plays in one splendid collection: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, The Devil’s Disciple, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Misalliance, and Pygmalion.

    Michael says: "Impressive Collection of Shaw"
  • The Cave of Salamanca (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated By Alexander Khodursky, A. Nikolaev, Lyudmila Kasatkina, and others
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    Pankrasio, muzh Leonardy, uezzhaet na neskol'ko dnej v drugoj gorod. Leonarda i ee sluzhanka Kristina prinimajut v jeto vremja svoih ljubovnikov. Neozhidanno vozvrativshis', Pankrasio zastaet veseluju kompaniju na meste prestuplenija. K schast'ju dlja Leonardy, ona prijutila u sebja hitroumnogo studenta. kotoryj pomogaet ej obvesti vokrug pal'ca prostaka Pankrasio…

  • The Squire's Daughter

    • ABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Alexander Pushkin
    • Narrated By Evgeny Velikhov, Nikolay Komissarov, Elena Fadeeva, and others
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    Радиопостановка "Барышня-крестьянка" - по одноименной повести Александра Сергеевича Пушкина из цикла "Повестей покойного Ивана Петровича Белкина". В соседское имение приезжает молодой барин Алексей. Лиза, дочь помещика, хочет познакомиться с красавцем. Девушка, зная о том, что молодой барин любит по утрам объезжать лес, переодевается в крестьянское платье и рано утром, прихватив лукошко, идёт в лес…

  • Now Let Him Go

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By John Boynton Priestley
    • Narrated By Mikhail Bolduman, Mark Prudkin, Nina Gulyaeva, and others
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    Velikolepnaja ostrosjuzhetnaja p'esa vydajushhegosja anglijskogo romanista, jesseista, dramaturga i teatral'nogo rezhissjora Dzhona Bojntona Pristli (1894, — 1984). Staryj i bol'noj genial'nyj hudozhnik Sajmond Kendl, ustavshij ot nastojchivyh pritjazanij svoego syna na ego kartiny i risunki, upakovyvaet ih v dva bol'shih jashhika i otpravljaetsja s nimi v drugoj gorod k drugu. Po doroge hudozhniku stanovitsja ploho, on terjaet pamjat' i okazyvaetsja v gostinice na nebol'shoj stancii odin, bez kartin.

  • Intrigue and Love

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Friedrich Schiller
    • Narrated By Nikolay Komissarov, Mikhail Tsarev, Victor Sharlakhov, and others
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    Vsemirno-izvestnaja tragedija Fridriha Shillera (1759-1805) - velikogo nemeckogo pojeta, filosofa, teoretik iskusstva i dramaturga. Dejstvie razvorachivaetsja v Germanii XVIII v., pri dvore odnogo iz nemeckih gercogov. Syn prezidenta fon Val'tera vljubljon v doch' prostogo muzykanta Luizu Miller. Ejo otec otnositsja k jetomu s nedoveriem, tak kak brak aristokrata s meshhankoj nevozmozhen.

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  • The Power of Darkness

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lev Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Boris Gorbatov, Olga Chuvaeva, Electra Dalmatova, and others
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    Spektakl' po ostrosjuzhetnoj drame velikogo russkogo pisatelja L'va Nikolaevich Tolstogo (1828-1910), "Vlast' t'my, ili Kogotok uvjaz, vsej ptichke propast'" (1886). Osen'. V prostornoj izbe zazhitochnogo, boleznennogo muzhika Petra - zhena Anis'ja, Akulina, ego doch' ot pervogo braka, pojut pesni. Sam hozjain v kotoryj raz zovet i rugaet, grozjas' rasschitat' Nikitu, shhegolevatogo parnja let dvadcati pjati, rabotnika lenivogo i guljashhego.

  • On the Bottom of the Gold

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak
    • Narrated By Vyacheslav Dugin, Nikolay Gritsenko, Maria Nekrasova, and others
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    Spektakl' iz zhizni sibirskih zolotoiskatelej po proizvedenijam vydajushhegosja russkogo pisatelja Dmitrija Narkisovicha Mamina-Sibirjaka (nastojashhaja familija Mamin; 1852-1912). V centre p'esy obraz docheri razorivshegosja zolotopromyshlennika, kotoraja, stolknuvshis' s zhestokimi nravami, sama stanovitsja hishhnicej...

  • An Ardent Heart

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alexander Ostrovsky
    • Narrated By V. Stanicyn, F. Shevchenko, K. Elanskaya, and others
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    "Gorjachee serdce" - odna iz samyh znamenityh p'es A.N.Ostrovskogo, govorja o kotoroj specialisty, prezhde vsego, otmechajut ostrotu ee satiricheskogo zvuchanija. Zhizn' imenitogo kupca Kuroslepova prohodit v besprobudnom p'janstve. Ego vtoraja zhena Matrena izmenjaet emu s prikazchikom, voruet muzhniny den'gi i vsjacheski pritesnjaet doch' Kuroslepova ot pervogo braka Parashu. Sjuzhet zakruchivaetsja vokrug propazhi krupnoj summy deneg.

  • The School for Scandal

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    • Narrated By Mikhail Yanshin, Olga Androvskaya, Vladimir Ershov, and others
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    Blistatel'naja komedija velikogo anglo-irlandskogo pisatelja Richarda Brinsli Sheridana (1751 - 1816) v ispolnenii zvezd teatra. Salon velikosvetskoj intriganki ledi Snirujel, kotoraja kotoraja obsuzhdaet so svoim napersnikom Snejkom poslednie dostizhenija na poprishhe aristokraticheskih koznej. Jeti dostizhenija izmerjajutsja chislom pogublennyh reputacij, rasstroennyh svadeb, zapushhennyh v obrashhenie neverojatnyh sluhov…

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  • Masquerade

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mikhail Lermontov
    • Narrated By Mikhail Tsarev, Nelli Kornienko, Elina Bystritskaya, and others
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    «Maskarad» - drama Mihaila Jur'evicha Lermontova v stihah. Glavnym geroem ejo javljaetsja nadeljonnyj mjatezhnym duhom i umom dvorjanin Evgenij Arbenin. Arbenin, chelovek ne pervoj molodosti, igrok po nature i po professii, razbogatev na kartah, reshaet peremenit' sud'bu: zakljuchit' «sojuz s dobrodetel'ju», zhenit'sja i zazhit' barinom. Zadumano - sdelano. Zhizn', odnako, vnosit sushhestvennuju popravku v prekrasnejshij sej plan...