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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (843 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Bernard Shaw Narrator: Flo Gibson Publisher: Audio Book Contractors Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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In this allegorical play, the eccentric Captain Shorover's home hosts a cast, each of whom represents some evil in the modern world. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Badri | 2/18/2014

    " Fascinating...Exceptional...Beautifully Scandalous...Showing true side of dual-face society... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Maguire | 2/6/2014

    " Complex, funny transplant of Chekhovian listlessness to pre-war England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fox | 1/26/2014

    " Heartbreak House was not what I would consider the best of George Bernard Shaw's plays. The Preface, in particular, was difficult to get through, but after a time it began to get interesting. The idea of the play was to write about World War I from a civilian's perspective -- the point of view of one seeing the War as a novelty rather than the tragedy that it truly was. The play takes place over (two? one?) night at a country manor in the shape of a ship, symbolic of a leisurely Europe sailing into the new century. The play covers the mundane topics of everyday life in Britain in the time, various satirical references to the young lady's marrying for wealth and wealth alone. Each character is torn down to the bare minimum of what they are, ending in an amusing scene in which the "practical businessman" deigns it proper to strip bare since already he has been stripped to his mere morality. The play ends with shots being fired and bombs being dropped near the house, the War that nobody mentioned prior to this point in the play being brought home and perhaps knocking the unaware to their senses as to what really matters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/23/2014

    " A great play, for sure, but also a slippery one, as there is a purposeful and artful aimlessness to the whole affair-- with a haunting conclusion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Douglas | 1/17/2014

    " Couldn't understand it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Letitia | 1/14/2014

    " Some cannot abide Shaw's pedantic and eternal dialogue, and while I see the inherent weaknesses of it, I confess a fondness for his verbose Britishisms. Heartbreak house is a marvelous parody of early twentieth century English society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rolls | 1/1/2014

    " "Heartbreak House" is my pick as Shaw's greatest. He used Chekov as a model and lets his soul flow. He's lamenting as well as mocking the times he lived in and that makes for true theatrical greatness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E.J. Matze | 12/17/2013

    " cannot remember "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Asyoulikeit | 12/9/2013

    " just AWFUL! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 11/17/2013

    " Hmmm... Not quite as engaging as George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, but it still has its moments. But the ending... Oh, the ending... A WTF moment if Shaw ever wrote one. Yes, that's it: the ending ruined it for me and left a weird taste in my mouth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Jensen | 9/25/2013

    " Have I ever read a Shaw play that seemed 5 star? Proabably not, but that may be because his world view and mine are so different. He was very clever, and his work is alway challenging. Read it and think about the sort of person you are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newby | 9/3/2013

    " Not one of my favorites by Shaw, but still good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 8/24/2013

    " I'm disappointed in you, GBS. Your plays are usually awesome. This was utter filth. It was like a mixture of Victorian melodrama and modern teen angst. You must have been in a very bad mood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 8/21/2013

    " Would love to see this one performed, although even reading the stage directions made me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Canann | 8/16/2013

    " Hardbound. Found in: Bernard Shaw, Selected Plays pg 611 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyse | 8/2/2013

    " A classic Shaw play dealing with humanity on the brink of war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Lucas | 3/15/2013

    " Captain Shotover: Unashamed. Read while studying at San Francisco State University, living on and off campus. Up with the collective, the co-hort, open and embracing all people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Kerrigan | 2/21/2013

    " The Captain may be my favorite character in all of literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/19/2012

    " One of the best comedies ever written. Shaw is absolutely brilliant and this is probably my favorite of all of his plays. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 7/24/2012

    " Not fan. At all. And now I understand why: Shaw fashioned it after Chekhov. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikita Svetlov | 5/11/2012

    " Decadence of senses and relationships "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 1/30/2012

    " This play is insane, but still interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregorio | 12/18/2011

    " Interesting, deserving of a second read or so, but a good read nonetheless. A good play laced with politics, although at the end of it only did I understand it was a comedy it is more funny in the way the play is witty than actual actions in the play. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia | 7/23/2011

    " I didn't get into this one as much. Can't remember why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rani | 4/1/2011

    " this is one of my favorite plays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/8/2011

    " Hardbound. Found in: Bernard Shaw, Selected Plays pg 611 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/11/2009

    " Have I ever read a Shaw play that seemed 5 star? Proabably not, but that may be because his world view and mine are so different. He was very clever, and his work is alway challenging. Read it and think about the sort of person you are. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 5/11/2009

    " One of the best comedies ever written. Shaw is absolutely brilliant and this is probably my favorite of all of his plays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 4/6/2009

    " I'm disappointed in you, GBS. Your plays are usually awesome. This was utter filth. It was like a mixture of Victorian melodrama and modern teen angst. You must have been in a very bad mood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/9/2009

    " quirky.

    Shaw at his best as a critic of Western hypocrisy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyse | 12/7/2008

    " A classic Shaw play dealing with humanity on the brink of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newby | 10/6/2008

    " Not one of my favorites by Shaw, but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Letitia | 7/17/2007

    " Some cannot abide Shaw's pedantic and eternal dialogue, and while I see the inherent weaknesses of it, I confess a fondness for his verbose Britishisms. Heartbreak house is a marvelous parody of early twentieth century English society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rolls | 3/19/2007

    " "Heartbreak House" is my pick as Shaw's greatest. He used Chekov as a model and lets his soul flow. He's lamenting as well as mocking the times he lived in and that makes for true theatrical greatness. "

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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.