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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.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Calista Flockhart as Nora Helmer; Tony Abatemarco as Dr. Rank; Tim Dekay as Torvald Helmer; Jeannie Elias as Anne-Marie and Helene; Gregory Itzin as Nils Krogstad; Jobeth Williams as Mrs. Linde. Translated by Rolf Fjelde. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

©2011 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works

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Independence

Awesome story, favorite part, Nora's self realization that she has never thought for herself.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Extraordinarily High Quality Theatre 🎭

These L.A. Theatre Works productions are some of the best deals on Audible. For just a couple or few bucks, the listener is treated to what amounts to an evening of supremely high quality theatre. That's invaluable to anyone who is not able to see plays nearly as often as one might wish. I had never seen A Doll's House (translated here as A Doll House), never seen the arc of liberation of Torvald's "little chipmunk" (translated here as "little squirrel"), so this production was a real treat and I'm sure I will listen again. To anyone unfamiliar with Ibsen, this play shocked 19th century Europe with its stunning early feminist themes of male oppression and women's liberation. The whole cast is excellent here, and Calista Flockhart so convincing in the role of Nora that it's easy to see why Nora's door slam at the close of the play was said to "reverberate across the roof of the world."

Grade: A. Bechdel test: Pass.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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had to read this for school

but boy I am so glad I did because this is literally the best thing ever. their performance is seriously amazing.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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A classic, but new to me

This was a new story to me - I had not seen nor read the play before. I was shocked by the resolution because it seemed so atypical for even the late 19th century -- in fact, I have read since that it was quite a controversial ending and Ibsen was forced to change it for performances in Germany.

In a nutshell, this is a story about a paternalistic and overbearing husband and his secretive and child-like wife; to him, he has a dollhouse of perfect little toys to play with, but to her, she has a gilded cage full of superficial pleasantries but no freedom. The resolution is unexpected for 1879, even though today's reader might think it appropriate.

The production was good, even though I'm not a Calista Flockhart fan, but the children sounded like Munchkins - which is odd, because this is a live production and I'm sure they were really children in the roles. Tim Dekay and Gregory Itzin were wonderful.

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Good performance, beware of text variations

This was an excellent performance, but the recording does not match the text of the play in my book. This is a problem because I'm a teacher and would have liked to use the recording to support instruction in class.

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Very Interesting!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I listened to this because it is one of my granddaughter's favorite. I can't say it is one of mine but my granddaughter thought it was thought provoking. She is 17 years of age.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end brings it all together!

Any additional comments?

The morality of the characters was intriguing. The end of the book reveals the actual plot and is a complete surprise….I totally love that my granddaughter got it. She realized the deeper meaning of consequences for all behavior. The protagonist' character flaws are artfully presented through the writings in "A Doll House."

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Classic!

What made the experience of listening to A Doll House (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

Great performance of a classic. I've heard about it for years but never seen the play. Betty Friedan references it in The Feminine Mystique, so that reminded me to get A Doll House. I'm so glad I did. It's not just for feminists, so don't let that idea fool you. It's just good.

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Unwilling to be her father's or her husband's doll

Ibsen denied that he was entering the fight for equal rights for women when he wrote A Doll House, but whether or not intended that is exactly what his play does. And it does so with great force and effect.

I first saw the play in London approximately 25 years ago. I liked it then and I like it now. Nora had literally lived her life for her father and then for her husband with no thoughts of her own needs; she has been their doll. When she comes to that realization, the reality that she is a person in her own right, Torvald is too set in his own views of marriage that he fails to see that it should be a true partnership. So he forces Nora to leave so she can live her life rather than living exclusively to meet his needs. My wife and I celebrated the 47th anniversary of our marriage partnership yesterday. Ibsen's drama deserves some credit for making such marriages more common.

The performance is quite good, but Calista Flockhart's Nora character was much better performed than the other parts.

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Magnificent

A Doll's House, Written by: Henrik Ibsen. The audible purchase is a taped performance.

Self-centered people. Materialistically bent. Desires for the esteem of others, willing to be hypocritical within, expecting no one else will ever see. Men treating women as if they were toys for playing with, women being play things but not one with their husbands, neither considering that is ownership not partnership. Then the tragedy of it all.

In a few simple scenes all this is developed through simply two hours of human interaction on a stage. Yet a plot that grows in complexity, is unexpected and thought provoking.

Is it entertaining; does it demonstrate the better way for love, marriage and friendship? All I can say is: magnificent.

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Actors race through the words

The performance is distracting for quite a while because the actors seem to be racing through the words. They go so fast that they rarely feel like they are listening to what the others say. A few times they are plowing through the words so fast, they step on each other's lines. Also, at the end, the slam of a door sounded like a gunshot to my ears, which completely confused me until I played it back a couple of times and checked the written version; then I realized I was wrong. Still, the performance is good enough. I’d rather hear an audio version of a performance before a live audience than someone reading the words.

As for the play itself, it gets better and better until, by the end, I was riveted. Sure, it’s a little dated as it’s from 1879, but the patriarchy hasn’t diminished much in the intervening years — I had a conversation not long ago that wouldn’t been out of place here, when a Mormon friend explained how his wife was put on a pedestal and preferred to be home taking care of their children.

The Rolf Fjelde translation here is better than the Dover Thrift Edition I have on Kindle.

Bechdel test: Pass. Grade: A-

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  • Ali
  • 01-18-18

enjoyable performance

brought play to life with excellent delivery and clear presentation throughout. a great way to appreciate this classic.

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  • HJP
  • 07-26-15

Captivating performance of a classic drama

Where does A Doll House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very High (except for the 'Children's' voices - which are rare, fortunately)

What other book might you compare A Doll House to, and why?

A Doll House stands alone - a classic

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Nora - Calista Flockhart brings high energy to this role

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Nora's deception becomes apparent and is told,"Obviously you don't have the vaguest idea of what you have involved yourself in"

Any additional comments?

The tension builds inexorably, broken by humour and realisation

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  • BigBaby
  • 03-13-14

Superfical wife, superficial controlling husband

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The couple are as superficial as each other. He is (amoung other things) a control freak, she is a kept woman obsessed with beauty and money. Realization dawns and she leaves. The story ends without addressing child custody, where she would go and what on earth she will do.

Would you recommend A Doll House (Dramatized) to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I didn't mind it, but not sure who would want to hear the play. You are excluded from a little bit of humour relying on sound effects. The door slamming could have been a gun-shot from as he commits suicide. You don't know if the children where with her or left behind, from what you pick up, the later probably.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

N/A

Did A Doll House (Dramatized) inspire you to do anything?

No, but I would try more dramatized audios.

Any additional comments?

From an entertainment point of view and at the price the audio was enjoyable. The cast sound like they put on a good show.