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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,021 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: Janet Fullerlove, Sean Connelly, Denny Hodge, Laurence Saunders, Jane Lerwill Publisher: Fantom Films Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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The idealistic son of a wealthy businessman seeks to expose his father's duplicity and to free his childhood friend from the lies on which his happy home life is based. When skeletons are brought out of the closet, the foundations of the Ekdal family are torn apart - with drastic consequences.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 2/14/2014

    " Just read this again with a group of students. Such a sad, twisted story. It vaguely resembles my own in a way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/8/2014

    " I read this for a book club and because the Court is performing it. I have mixed feelings about Ibsen, probably because of the performances I've seen (I saw an excellent performance of Ghosts, a play I have issues with, an excellent performance of Peer Gynt, a play I really like, and two dreadful stagings of Doll House, a play I just can't like much). Wild Duck probably edged out Hedda Gabler as my favorite of Ibsen's realistic period (I still like Peer Gynt the best), and I'll try and report how the performance at the Court stacks up (I've not yet seen Hedda performed). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregorio | 2/3/2014

    " It's definitely a play that will be more beneficial to see than read, as every line in the play seems to be heavy, weighted, and can be slightly interpreted. It's a good one, especially if you've read his other plays first. "

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

    " If you have to read something by Ibsen I'd recommend Vildanden over Peer Gynt "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sowmya | 1/30/2014

    " Again, its not the dialogues...but the narrative in general is what I liked. The "Livslognen" idea was the most interesting one for me...to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade | 1/28/2014

    " poor duck "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/23/2014

    " Well... I was so excited to read this again and then somewhat disappointed. I am a huge Ibsen fan and teach "A Doll House" and "Hedda Gabler." I saw echoes in this play of "Ghosts"; the sins of the father are visited upon the innocent child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 1/19/2014

    " I should read this again... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn Gorbutt | 1/19/2014

    " One of my favorite of Ibsen's plays so far. It deals, in a very pointed way, with the pains associated with growing up especially in a life of poverty. It was written in the height of Ibsen's career as a playwright and still shows the influence Kierkegaard had, although not as blatantly so as in other plays. It also reflects upon scenes from Ibsen's own coming of age (the daughter of the main character is named after Ibsen's sister). Masterfully crafted and ultimately tragic it is an excellent example of Ibsen at his finest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Nichols | 1/9/2014

    " "She has shot the duck!" / "No, Hedwig has shot herself." / (Offstage, relieved quacks.) - David Bader "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 1/9/2014

    " This was really good! Tied tops with Doll House right now for best Ibsen. Really digs into the nature and placment of truth in human relationships. Never one without the twist ending though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Outi S. | 12/13/2013

    " do not know anything about it yet... "

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

    " AMAZING! This play is old but the issues are totally contemporary. It's about creating and weaving fantastic lies and what happens when you start telling the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/1/2013

    " This was such a great read. So much to look for--from the author's choice of lighting on stage and it's connection with the moods in the scenes or other significant aspects of the story, to the reflection of the characters' personas in the wild duck. We are all wild ducks, I suppose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aase Maren | 11/26/2013

    " I watched the play for a project in 10th grade and I absolutely loved it. Definitely a book you read multiple times to fully understand everything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TrumanCoyote | 9/12/2013

    " Nicely naturalistic dialogue, but unfortunately Ibsen apparently felt that had to be (over)compensated for by getting drearily Symbolic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Klagge | 5/12/2013

    " I read this Norwegian classic b/c we were going to spend a month in Norway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MommaLaura | 1/22/2013

    " Poor Duck.... living with a bunch of loonies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Firth | 2/14/2012

    " Veldig bra! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/14/2012

    " Probably one of those things that you either need to see on stage or analyze in a literature class to fully appreciate. I enjoyed closely examining the text of this play in my writing class at UCLA last winter. If you get a chance, check it out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 afsoonica! Ebrahimi | 12/27/2011

    " yalmar Ikmar reminds me of all the Iranians. The book is amazing in a way that you dont even realize when it starts getting amazing from a fairly routine scene from our daily life episodes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alma | 2/24/2011

    " I only read "A Doll's House." It isn't something I would choose to read myself, but it was still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/24/2011

    " I only read "A Doll's House" out of these. An enjoyable read, at the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 8/15/2010

    " This volume contains four of Ibsen's works. They indicate the nature of his talent and also suggest why his work sometimes was not accepted well. These plays represent the middle of his career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carah | 6/10/2010

    " Review of A Doll's House: The first two acts of this are so Victorian that it's absurd. Ending kicked ass though. Nora and Ayn Rand would have been cold lesbian lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mycandleburnsatbothends | 5/21/2010

    " Night of Insomnia= A Doll's House. Not a bad trade "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 8/10/2009

    " Dark and funny and sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 11/30/2008

    " I read these plays in high school and still have the book. I'm actually only rereading "The Wild Duck" right now, as LSC's "The Model" has referred to it and I have no memory of the play any longer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 11/9/2008

    " I really didnt like the story of the book.
    Mr.Garfinkle was right its idea is in a lot of other books and happens in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/9/2008

    " I really liked these plays, even though Ibsen is much more cynical than I am. I like the complexity of his characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/6/2008

    " I love Ibsen. He is a thoughtful and thought provoking social commentarian. 'Enemy of the People' is particularly poignant and disturbing regarding the ignorance of the masses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 3/13/2008

    " I love this book because I saw a rendition of one of the plays therein with a very young Anthony Hopkins as the antagonist. Amazing. "

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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.