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    Recorded Shakespeare just doesn't get any better than this! Despite the time that has obviously passed since it was made (Guilgud and Ashcroft are long dead, after all!), the sound quality of "The Winter's Tale" is very good. And the performances are just wonderful. "Winter's Tale" is rather odd in the abrupt twists and turns and seemingly inexplicable plot line. The play walks an interesting line between tragedy and comedy. Hearing such storied actors performing the piece offers a great way to experience "The Winter's Tale" without actually going to the theater. The Shakespeare plays offered by Audible are terrific bargains!

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    The Winter's Tale (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By John Guilgud, Peggy Ashcroft
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    King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events that lead to death, a ferocious bear, an infant left in the snow, young love, and a statue coming to life. Sir John Gielgud and Dame Peggy Ashcroft lead a cast recording of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.

    C. Telfair says: "Wonderful Production"
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    Jim Donaldson does a great job with the narration of "Frankenstein." Every character has its own distinctive voice (with the exception of the namesake doctor, whose voice changes when the point of view shifts from third- to first-person and back). My only wish would have been that they had hired a female to read Mary Shelley's introduction.

    Please note that there are four "doubled-up" lines in this performance that should have been caught during editing, which gives the impression that the Audible player "skipped." No skipping...just a couple of line re-reads. Almost all of them are near the beginning, and one is about three-quarters of the way through, so they're needle-in-a-haystack things at best.

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    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"

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    • By Oscar Wilde
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    Lisa says: "A wonderful production of a great play!"
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    • By George Bernard Shaw
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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.

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    • By William Shakespeare
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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.

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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
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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"
  • 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"
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    • By Henrik Ibsen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson, Michael Maloney, full cast
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    Hedda Gabler, the daughter of a deceased General, marries dull George Tesman and foresees a life of middle class tedium stretching ahead when they return from their honeymoon. Increasingly, she is drawn into the clutches of her admirer, Judge Brack, who seeks to establish a ménage à trois. Then the brilliant but dissolute Eilert Lovborg, a former flame, arrives to rival her husband for an academic post.

    Brenda says: "Hedda"
  • 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!"
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  • 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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    Jayne says: "Very Interesting!"
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    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Hilton Edwards, Michael MacLiammoir, Daphne Carroll
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  • The Winter's Tale (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By John Guilgud, Peggy Ashcroft
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    King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events that lead to death, a ferocious bear, an infant left in the snow, young love, and a statue coming to life. Sir John Gielgud and Dame Peggy Ashcroft lead a cast recording of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.

    C. Telfair says: "Wonderful Production"
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    • 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.

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    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By F. L. Light (translator), Sophocles
    • Narrated By Jesse M. Bernstein
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    Prince Kreon, enforcing an arbitrary mandate, is enraged that Antigone would abide by a natural law of sisterly respect in contradiction of his will. As neither can be reconciled with the other's acts, the drama grows devoutly tenebrous. This translation is iambic, as is most of the text in Greek.

    Aya Katz says: "A Tragedy Made Real"
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    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    A Classic recording of Shakespeare's well-loved comedy. Cast including renowned Shakespearean actors John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft and Gary Watson.

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    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Scheidt, M.A.
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    This CliffsNotes study guide on Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

    Mary Beth Bretzlauf says: "Helpful"
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    • 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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    • ABRIDGED (42 mins)
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  • The Squire's Daughter

    • ABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Alexander Pushkin
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  • Now Let Him Go

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By John Boynton Priestley
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    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Friedrich Schiller
    • Narrated By Nikolay Komissarov, Mikhail Tsarev, Victor Sharlakhov, and others
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    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lev Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Boris Gorbatov, Olga Chuvaeva, Electra Dalmatova, and others
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    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
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