"A Beautiful Combination"
I have long loved listening to Stephen Fry's narrations and what a treat this is to have him read Oscar Wilde, a part he (Fry) was born to play and did so well. Some people feel Wilde is rather passe but I have long believed him to be one of the greatest writers in the English language, carefully judged phrases and word structure generally, perhaps second only to Shakespeare and well above some modern writers. Oscar Wilde and Stephen Fry, a beautiful combination indeed.
"Well Read !"
I've listened to a few audio books by Stephen Fry now, and not only is he entertaining, with this one he brings the stories to life. Especially like the story about the farmer and the wheelbarrow. He portrays the characters very well and sets the scene spot on. I've never read anything by Oscar Wilde at all and did not know what to expect - will certainly considering delving now into some more of his famous works.
A great introduction, and well read.
This collection of Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales range from the charming to the unutterably touching. If you don?t need to hold back a tear on hearing these superbly narrated stories, then your heart must indeed be cold. Wilde?s wonderful use of language will cross all age barriers and the poignancy of each tale will stay with you daylong. I thoroughly recommend them to all.
Well worth buying. absolutly incredible! sutible for all ages and all audiences.
"Not What I expected"
I didn't realise they were children's stories until I started listening, and I am still not sure! Stephen Fry is a legend and brilliant in this as he always is, and has a greater range of voices than is obvious form things like QI, he gets 10 stars! The stories are haunting and very clever, but there is a lot of death, often very casual dismissal of life.
Maybe I was an oversensitive child... but I am glad I only found these stories in adulthood
Potential spoiler, but an important example... in one story a character (only a talking bird, but still!) sacrifices herself so that a student can get a rose to give to his love. The bird kills herself by impaling herself on a thorn, piercing her heart quite graphically I thought, the student takes the rose to his love, but she prefers a richer man, and dismisses him, the student throws the rose in the gutter and that is the end of the matter, the bird is dead and the rose discarded, a complete waste of her life! very sad - possibly a decent lesson about the real world - but still, not quite what I was expecting when Audible Announcer said Stephen Fry was reading Children's stories!