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"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. I have loved them since I was a child: indeed they continue to make a child of me. I do not mind admitting that at the recording some passages were hard to read out loud without choking. I hope you will be as entranced by them as I have always been." written by Stephen Fry.
©2008 SamFry Limited (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Yas
  • 07-08-14

Read and written by masters!

What made the experience of listening to Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories the most enjoyable?

I read the stories when I was a child. Having them read by Stephen Fry brought back some fond childhood memories. If you have children I find that these stories are great for them to listen to and to discuss the morals in the stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories?

The Selfish Giant used to be a little scary for one of the younger children in the family. However, a year later they were loving the story as they could understand it better. (Age 9)

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Happy Prince where the swallow takes all the things the prince gives to help the people. So moving!

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

I could happily listen to it in one sitting, although the book is split into 6 short stories so can be listened to in a number of sittings.

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  • GenKaan
  • 05-30-14

My favorite book on Audible

What did you like most about Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories?

How sweet you can make a character, then add some feeling from Stephen and you get a perfect combination. Fell in love with almost every character

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories?

The end of "The Selfish Giant", had me almost crying
Took so many unexpected turns, made adjustments, came to a conclusion and didn't end up in a perfect situation but was contempt. Just to end a way I never expected

Which scene did you most enjoy?

"The Nightingale and the Rose" when the bird tried to fix the rose.

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

No, I would take a break between stories to get to process them a bit. Not sure but felt like they were somewhere around 30-45 min so to me it was a perfect sitting.

Any additional comments?

Its just a perfect choice of stories, narrator and the timelessness of the stories really make them work until the end of time.

If I had to describe this collection with three words it would be: heartbreaking and heartwarming

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  • Mr
  • 12-23-12

Reliving childhood memories

As a child I loved reading the short stories of Oscar Wilde and have vivid memories of the golden statue of the happy prince and his little swallow who stays with him and the selfish giant's garden. What a joy therefore to discover these six tales on Audible to relive those memories and play them to my children. Stephen Fry is an excellent reader, and somehow manages to capture both the simplicity and complexity of these tales, that have just as much to offer to me now as an adult as they did as a child. It is great to be able to share these tales now with my children and to see that Wilde's stories impact them just as much as they did me when I was there age. Too good not to share.

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  • Joan
  • 01-16-12

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.

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  • Trevor
  • 11-05-10

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.

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  • Nicholas
  • 01-30-10

Enchanting

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-10

great!

Well worth buying. absolutly incredible! sutible for all ages and all audiences.

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  • Steve
  • 10-03-09

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!

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