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Natalie

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  • Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    "Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales continue to exert the same pull over the imagination and emotions as they did when he first read them to his children in the 1880s. Written with inspired poetic intensity and sudden flowerings of the matchless wit for which he is so well remembered, the stories combine the wisdom of parables with the impact of drama."

    Jennifer says: "Unexpected"
    "Literary Perfection"
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    What did you love best about Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories?

    The perfect marriage of narrator and story telling.


    What other book might you compare Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories to and why?

    The Bible meets The Wind In The Willows. This collection of stories is quite full of lessons on the beauty of love & vanity cloaked in children's stories.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Happy Prince - the sacrifice of true love.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    2 stories illicit tears.


    Any additional comments?

    If Oscar Wilde were alive he would be Stephen Frye.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3878)
    Performance
    (2439)
    Story
    (2471)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) says: "Come one, Come all into 1984!"
    "Classic Dystopian Bedtime Story"
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    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    Yes, this is my second time listening. Each time this books seems to become more relevant and mirror the goings on in 2012 rather than 1984. Orwell was a prophet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator does a perfect job with pacing, tone. There is a melancholy resignation about this narrator yet some how soothing.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Winston Smith-


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes however that would be a tall order only because of the content rather than the quality of the recording.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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