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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Bernard Shaw Narrator: Anne Heche, Jeremy Sisto, Teri Garr Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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This witty masterpiece combines high comedy with social commentary as it deflates romantic misconceptions of love and warfare. First produced on the London stage in 1894, Arms and the Man is one of the most frequently acted and studied of Shaw's plays.

When Arms and The Man premiered, Shaw was already a celebrity art critic and socialist lecturer. It was so successful that it immediately established him as one of the greatest wits of London's theatre scene. Shaw subtitled the play An Anti-Romantic Comedy.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/17/2014

    " Arms and the Man is a fun read and a serviceable introduction to the writings of George Bernard Shaw. Shaw's language reminded me of Oscar Wilde's, though not as elegant, his characters reminded me of Chekhov's, though not as full of pathos and self-pity, and his subjects reminded me of most satirists', romantic love and military glory. That being said, Shaw is not just another playwright-satirist. At the very least, his premise--a muddy, exhausted soldier steps through a young, naive woman's bedroom window--is his own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/2/2014

    " I love George Bernard Shaw. His writing style is always a delightful read and, although this is early Shaw, it has his special flair. The plot revolves around Raina, a relatively rich Bulgarian woman, and her Fiance Sergius and the "Chocolate creme soldier" who stumbles into her life through her open window. The script is rife with conflicting views on the romantic and realistic views of war and love, but it is presented in such an enjoyable way that it does not seem like drudgery, but a joy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 1/30/2014

    " Bursting with satire and wonderfully melodramatic humor, this is my favorite "for laughs" Shaw play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Newby | 1/28/2014

    " This one comes close to Pygmalion as one of my favorites by Shaw. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mommy Farris | 1/26/2014

    " The first play I was ever in. Very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 1/22/2014

    " Nice lighthearted comedy with a happy ending. Reading it will put you in a good mood. I would like to see it performed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Athira | 1/10/2014

    " The theme of Love+ War. Bernard Shaw hated war, and he believed its evil and ridiculous. He wasn't either a believer of marriage.So he just tied these different concepts with the help of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alaa | 1/7/2014

    " George Bernard Shaw being as awesome as ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesam Wonilla | 12/8/2013

    " my very first enlight through literature began with this play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Jensen | 12/1/2013

    " A meditation of war, the men who fight it, what it does to those they love, and why nations put all these people through it. Plus a love story. Witty, wise, and very Shaw. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katarina Navane | 11/29/2013

    " One of my all-time favourite plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thing Two | 11/14/2013

    " Great comedy about love and war. In many ways it reminded me of some of Shakespeare's comedies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margarette | 11/6/2013

    " Shaw's classic play is a comedy that shows how silly it is to romanticize war. Although it has a very serious message, the play is frequently laugh-out-loud funny. It should be required reading of all high school students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 10/31/2013

    " i read this to see what my students had to cope with...very funny/dry sense of humour but tough for non- native speakers to see the humour i think! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bhavna | 10/3/2013

    " Awesome read! Bernard Shaw calls it an 'antiromantic comedy' and the book lives up even after generations have read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riley Dawson | 2/5/2013

    " This was a nice little farce of a play, but I don't think it had as much substance to it as it could have. I read it as part of my studying for the GRE subject test and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 7/27/2012

    " worth reading: a window on a very out-dated way of thinking from the elite perspective. some quality lines/thoughts worth running across. but mostly too old-fashioned: who cares about these folks?! certainly not me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neetha Philip | 4/14/2012

    " Shaw has an amazing talent. Afterall, his skill is second only to Shakespeare's...however it was his themes. The basic notion of idealized heroism is appealing. Its the grunge thats good, not the polished! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/27/2012

    " Funny and short, better if read aloud. From the opening scene where a Swiss soldier hides out in Raina's room to the final scene in which the fiances are switched around, this play is full of laughs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Woodland | 12/23/2011

    " This is an extremely funny play, and a satire on the attitudes of people towards war in general. Still quite relevant, and has a collection of wonderful characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 محمد عبادة | 7/30/2011

    " Kept looking for the Bulgarian princess for years till I found one & she was decidedly haughty, dull and so beautiful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samreen | 6/14/2011

    " ohh GB Shaw's narration is amazing...i simply luuuuuuuvvv dis book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bells | 5/21/2011

    " Very entertaining! I would love to see this play preformed :) Higgins was so annoying and yet interesting at the same time. And Eliza. Well, she was very similar to Higgins. Not as annoying though. She was great. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/14/2011

    " My experience of this book would have generated a full five star review if it hadn't been colored by so many knock offs. Hollywood and pulp fiction have spun the rags to riches to rags tale so many times. Still, I love the way Shaw rips into hypocrisies and no level of society is safe. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tess | 5/11/2011

    " Hate this forever thanks to Mrs Deignan's English classes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 5/7/2011

    " We read this book out loud in English class and it was really fun! The characters are hilarious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 4/28/2011

    " Fairly different from My Fair Lady...I may have enjoyed his ending notes more than the actual play. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/24/2011

    " I thought this was a really stupid book. Don't remember why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 4/24/2011

    " Hahahaha...this book is humorous and made me laugh so much! The witty banter, Eliza's fascinating manners, Mr. Higgins ruff ways, and the other characters that give color to this play make it a lot of fun to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Takim | 4/10/2011

    " This is one of the few plays I read and I liked it. It was hilarious at times and I think shaw has great insight into the psychology of men and women and how certain relationships really work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bryan | 3/23/2011

    " A play in which nothing happens, only its not even a good way in which nothing happens. "

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About the Author
Author George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), Irish-born playwright, critic, and political activist, began his writing career in London. In addition to writing sixty-three plays, his prodigious output as critic, pamphleteer, and essayist influenced numerous social issues. In 1925, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature and in 1938 an Oscar for the movie version of Pygmalion.