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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: June 2011 ISBN: 9781482980684
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 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 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 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 Kasha | 12/27/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 12/8/2013

    " Lord Arthur is a gullible twit and a man devoted to honour and duty...a dangerous combination for a fortune-teller to encounter! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/5/2013

    " Fine stories, a bit overlong but enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miano | 9/19/2013

    " If you love satire, this classic is a must read, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Rylie | 7/30/2013

    " Delicious book that can be easily read in a few hours. This book made me want to have more of Oscar Wilde "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gitta | 7/21/2013

    " I picked this one up in the Tervuren library while I was waiting for a computer. A dark short story about a fortune teller and a murder. How do people think up stories like this? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 1/22/2013

    " I only read Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, found it to be a fun and quick story to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Kropf | 1/20/2013

    " Wilde puncteaza, intr-o maniera specifica lui, ce se-ntampla cand in loc sa-ti controlezi viata (echilibrat), te incapatanezi sa contolezi superstitiile care ajung sa te controleze, la randul lor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/11/2013

    " I laughed out loud in public reading Lord Arthur Savile's Crime. Wilde is insanely clever. This book was absolutely worth buying on a whim. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suvi | 11/1/2012

    " Not anything that I would remember after a few days. The writing was beautiful as usual but the stories didn't live up to others Wilde's works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxane | 8/12/2012

    " Loved these stories - The Canterville Ghost is just funny. The version I read had The Portrait of W.H. included - this is a bit long winded - not so much a story as a discussion of Shakespeare's Sonnets and the source of their inspiration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Myles | 6/15/2012

    " Some of the stories were interesting, but I've never been a major short stories fan. "

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About the Author
Author Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin. He won scholarships to both Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by the radical aesthetics of Walter Pater. Flamboyant wit and man-about-town, Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. After publishing two volumes of short stories between 1887 and 1891, his social-comedy plays such as Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest established his critical and commercial success. In 1895 Wilde was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for homosexual conduct and died in Paris in obscurity a few years after his release.

About the Narrator

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.