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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: Juliet Stevenson, Michael Maloney, and full cast Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2003 ISBN:
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Hedda Gabler, the daughter of a deceased General, marries dull George Tesman and foresees a life of middle class tedium stretching ahead when they return from their honeymoon. Increasingly, she is drawn into the clutches of her admirer, Judge Brack, who seeks to establish a ménage a trois. Then the brilliant but dissolute Eilert Lovborg, a former flame, arrives to rival her husband for an academic post.

This new audio production, with Juliet Stevenson giving an unforgettable performance as the passionate Hedda, brings this classic drama to life.

Translated by William Archer and Edmund Gosse. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 2/11/2014

    " This was a wonderful start to my senior year in college. The story was very frustrating but intriguing. I loved that I couldn't put it down and had to read in one straight sitting. It will make u think! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angélique | 2/2/2014

    " 3 1/2 Stars. After the minute details of the plot faded and the imagined setting became hazy, the personality that is Hedda stayed with me. Although I found her near psychotically manipulative, something about her--perhaps the blatancy of the cage society holds her in--struck a deep emotional chord with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 hmmm | 1/31/2014

    " i like reading plays with friends! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thing Two | 1/27/2014

    " Ha! Great story. Going to see the play in a few weeks. I bet Ibsen had a ball writing this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/25/2014

    " Hedda Gabler is one of those characters many would find easier to hate than love, or even be indifferent to. She is a manipulative bitch, to put it lightly. But somehow, towards the end, Hedda managed to garner sympathy from this reader. She was an ambitious woman who was trapped in the life she had crafted for herself. She could have made better choices but she didn't and the conclusion left me with the bitter aftertaste of regret for what she could have been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella Rodriguez | 1/19/2014

    " I love Hedda. My favorite Ibsen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/18/2014

    " Well, I couldn't imagine a more vindictive and manipulative woman than Hedda Gabler. The audacity of Hedda certainly keeps you riveted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/18/2014

    " Stylistically it's a bit dated but still interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 1/16/2014

    " I don't remember much about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linh Vu | 1/16/2014

    " Hedda is kind of a stuck-up, manipulative, hopelessly romantic to the point of nihilistic woman, with an unsubsidizable pride and exaggerated sense of aestheticism. This is an extremely difficult character to portray that when I read the script, I just love Hedda and in some way see myself in her but when seeing it onstage she was such a bitch I just needed to punch her on the face 8-}. Anyways, the character's ambiguity and openness to interpretation is precisely what to love I guess "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Apoorva | 12/30/2013

    " Too many real-life parallels here. The desire of wanting to break/manipulate stupid people...alas, I don't have Hedda's heart. Like every female actress, I'd like to play her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/7/2013

    " Once again I learned that bored bourgeois women left to their own devices...somehow always end up doing extremely selfish and inhumane things. BESTPLAYEVER! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CJ Louis | 11/28/2013

    " I thought it was an okay play, but it did contain alot of information that needed to be found by reading inbetween the lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Needleroozer | 8/27/2013

    " I think I read this book for school of some kind. I do remember liking it as a feminist statement of an independent woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily Koppel | 8/11/2013

    " Florence wrote in her diary, "Read Hedda Gabler for the tenth time." I read this while writing The Red Leather Diary, but not ten times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe1207 | 9/15/2012

    " Finally, an Ibsen story that doesn't use the word "Pooh!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Golnoosh | 8/26/2012

    " One of my favorite female characters ever, call me evil, I'm not gonna change my opinion about Hedda. I find her amazing -and that little devilishness only adds up to her greatness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 5/15/2012

    " Alright. A good example of naturalism, maybe takes a few reads to get into. Characters are hard to delve into, but quite interesting after some investigation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Stephens | 3/4/2012

    " This was sort of like an episode of Desperate Housewives. Just imagine some crazy broad who lived about 100 years ago making all of her firends and nieghbors miserable and that's what this is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/24/2012

    " Tragic drama. It's actually a playwright which has been made into a quick book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/8/2012

    " I just don't like her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Wright | 8/11/2011

    " I wasn't able to maintain interest in, finish or retain a lot of what I read as a drug-addled freshman, but this play really stood out to me as one I couldn't put down. It was really good, and very painful (I think she burns a manuscript?) and it makes me want to read more Ibsen now that I'm sober. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 7/14/2011

    " Read Ibsen. That is all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carlie | 5/27/2011

    " I passionately despise the main character of this play. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pola | 4/28/2011

    " i had to read that book for an assignment at the university.. i found it interesting and somehow bold for the time written.. i don't know if i liked Hedda's character a lot.. and from what i remember ( i read it last year) it kind of reminds me of Jane Austen's type of books.. good book though.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 4/5/2011

    " Characters very complex - not often you find yourself disliking someone yet sympathising with a character like I did with Hedda "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandie | 3/9/2011

    " Im so confused with Hedda...she comes across as such a cold-hearted, stuck-up, rude prima donna and then she does what she does at the end...and I cant figure out what exactly was the cause. Other than she being extremely unhappy and insane. Ahh Ibsen, explain thy self. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 2/25/2011

    " This chic has got balls...Hedda is a "mind ninja"...to quote Mary Molly from my AP English class and OH! does she love her guns! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 12/21/2010

    " Alright. A good example of naturalism, maybe takes a few reads to get into. Characters are hard to delve into, but quite interesting after some investigation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Straycat | 12/10/2010

    " Love it!
    "Female Hamlet" is surely stronger than Hamlet himself... or so I think~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/1/2010

    " This was sort of like an episode of Desperate Housewives. Just imagine some crazy broad who lived about 100 years ago making all of her firends and nieghbors miserable and that's what this is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/13/2010

    " It was so weird...I couldn't understand the main character at all. But it was interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cjlouis | 10/21/2010

    " I thought it was an okay play, but it did contain alot of information that needed to be found by reading inbetween the lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 10/12/2010

    " Love the spirited piece. Read the play and did not hear the audio CD "

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About the Author
Author Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906) was a major nineteenth-century Norwegian playwright, theater director, and poet. He is often referred to as “the father of prose drama” and is one of the founders of modernism in the theater. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll’s House, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, and The Master Builder. Several of his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theater was required to model strict mores of family life and propriety. Ibsen’s work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality.