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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (999 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” is a masterpiece of polished cynicism in which poison, explosive clocks, and finally murder forerun married bliss. Also included are: “The Canterville Ghost,” “The Model Millionaire,” “The Young King,” “The Fisherman and His Soul,” “The Happy Prince,” “The Devoted Friend,” and “The Portrait of Mr. W. H.” These eight stories were produced in the heyday of Wilde’s career.

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  • “Jacobi brings listeners directly into the parlors or manor houses of each story. Using vocal color and tone, he effortlessly describes the scenes and the characters—not as an outside observer, but as an unseen guest, perfectly at ease with the manner of the times. With equal ease, he delivers Wilde's satire, revealing the wit that makes the author’s work endure.”


  • “Wilde’s usual cutting wit and upper-class urban setting is combined with a rather dark undercurrent…A chilling tone, as men set out to murder, women sacrifice themselves secretly, and literary passion turns deadly.”

    The Literary Omnivore

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anastasia Hobbet | 1/27/2014

    " I was surprised when I discovered I hadn't read this set of Oscar Wilde's short stories. They're mordant and poignant, Wilde's own brand--and they reawakened my interest in one of the abiding mysteries about Wm. Shakespeare: Who inspired his Sonnets, which he dedicated to 'Mr W H'? Wilde's story is about a theory founded in Wilde's time by Thomas Tyrwhitt, which said that the Sonnets were dedicated to Willie Hughs or Hues. Tyrwhitt gathered the 'evidence' from the Sonnets alone. Young boys played females on stage at that time, so it's beyond reasonable doubt that a long succession of beautiful young men paraded through Shakespeare's life--a theory Wilde was pre-disposed to enjoy. The evidence, at least while you're reading of it in the story, is compelling. Sonnet 20, for instance makes sense of the poet's use of the words 'Will' and 'Hues'. It's a bit circular, but Mr W H was someone. Why not the 'fair youth'? Tyrwhitt's theory still enjoys some credibility, and it seems clear that Wilde believed it, or wanted to so much that he set all skepticism aside. My other favorite is 'The Canterville Ghost'. Re-written today, would make a great kid's book. An American family buys a creepy old pile in England and confronts a particularly gruesome ghost that everyone tried to warn them about. The family suffers a number of confrontations, then take things into their own hands... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elnaz | 1/24/2014

    " First story(lord arthur) was'nt good,I think he was crazy!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meghan | 1/8/2014

    " Some interesting short stories...not as witty as Wilde's other works, but still worth a read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kasha | 12/27/2013

    " This is another one I read in spanish. It was okay. Not as good as Ghost of Canterville. "

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