Four classic comedies from one of the wittiest playwrights in Western literature: Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all featuring star-studded casts with the likes of Jacqueline Bisset, Miriam Margolyes, James Marsters, Alfred Molina, Roger Rees, Yeardley Smith, Eric Stoltz, and many more. This audio also includes a chilling dramatization of Wilde's sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Lady Windermere's Fan:
The irreverent satire that launched Wilde's succession of classical comedies. A lord, his wife, her admirer, and an infamous blackmailer converge in this delicious comic feast of scandal. A divinely funny comedy of good girls, bad husbands, and the moral hypocrisy of British high society in the late 19th century. Stars Roger Rees, Eric Stoltz, Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Going, Gina Field, Judy Geeson, Arthur Hanket, Lisa Harrow, Dominic Keating, James Warwick, and Tom Wheatley. Directed by Michael Hackett.
A Woman of No Importance:
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 comedy, Wilde uses his celebrated wit to expose English society's narrow view of everything from sexual mores to Americans. Stars Rosalind Ayres, Jane Carr, Peter Dennis, Judy Geeson, Paul Gutrecht, Martin Jarvis, Cherie Lunghi, Robert Machray, Miriam Margolyes, Samantha Mathis, and Jim Norton.
An Ideal Husband
A tender love story, a glittering setting in London society, and a shower of witticisms are only a few of the reasons this play has enjoyed hugely successful revivals.
If you know the plays, this is a decent collection.
While the performance is OK, Audible does have much better available as single plays for most. That said I like the collection in one audio format.
I found 'Dorian Grey' interpreted for stage interesting. The snips of interview and the the Theatre sounds of the audience did evoke the sense of a live production. If you like Theatre, then you will know that not all performances are world class and can be a bit forgiving.
My suggestion is to check through Audible's collection of Oscar Wilde and listen to a few samples before you decide on this. Especially so, if you are really only interested in one or two plays.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
This is a collection of five live performances of Oscar Wilde plays. All of these were wonderful. My favorites were Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest. The Picture of Dorian Gray was not really an Oscar Wilde play but an adaptation of the novel which used lines dialog from other Wilde plays, which was only disappointing because of just having heard the identical lines in the other, preceding plays. This was the best adaptation of Dorian Gray that I have either seen or heard. The performances are very good and the writing is both funny and engaging. This is one of the best collections of plays I have listened to.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
The laughter in the background is annoying. I removed it from my device. Stopped at first chapter.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Happy to have listened even though it was not an audiobook. Classic stories and great one-liners
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Mostly charming versions of Wilde's plays with some interesting interviews as intermissions. The whole effect is ruined by a really detestable dramatic adaptation of Picture of Dorian Gray. Poorly conceived and poorly executed.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I discovered Oscar Wilde through a quote attributed to him. His subtle humor is fantastic. I laughed rarely but smiled often.
I want to listen to this audio repeatedly just to soak up all the subtleties that I may have missed.
Somebody please tell me who else writes like Mr. Wilde!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
The performances are great and it is fun to listen, specially Wilde's witty humor. The audiobook itself is not like you're being read the actual plays, but hearing live performances of them.
Wished it never ended... such a pleasure to listen to these prominent actors! I had read some of the plays before, yet it was extremely interesting to hear them vivid, in a "real life". Voices are suited to the characters in an absolutely best way. Bravo to all the actors!
As for the customer plays... They are witty, flowing, fluid. Masterpiece!
The actors did such a great job! These stories are funny and well worth listening to as plays.
Voices, story and production all excellent. Ending with The Picture of Dorian Gray was perfect.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
These are very entertaining stories with surprisingly progressive perspectives on issues that are just as relevant today.
What did you like best about this story?
Oscar Wilde is clever, witty and very entertaining in his transmission of strong moral adn ethical messages.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
These are acted performances with a cast of stellar actors who bring the plays to vivid life.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
In each of the plays there is a moment when I felt very moved with sympathy for the victims.
Any additional comments?
Of course, the stories are contrived, adn they are old, but I think they are well worth listening to and are very entertaining.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
I love Oscar Wilde although disappointing to not have the full unedited copy. Well acted although one reading was by an OTT female.
It's amazing how the evil in Dorian Grey lives upto it's promise in modern times.