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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9781580819541
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Salomé is a dark tale of hubris, lust, and self-destruction … as told by a man who famously fell prey to those same impulses in his own life. Oscar Wilde wrote his original interpretation of the biblical story of Salomé in French, and the play was so controversial that no theater in England would produce it for nearly four decades.

This audiobook version includes a conversation with director Michael Hackett and Wilde scholar David Rodes, and is an L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production starring: Rosalind Ayres as Herodias, James Marsters as Iokanaan, Andre Sogliuzzo as The Young Syrian and others, Kate Steele as Salomé, John Vickery as Herod, Matthew Wolf as Page of Herodias and others. Music is by Djivan Gasparyan and Lian Ensemble, and it is directed by Michael Hackett and recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.

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  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy Morrow | 2/20/2014

    " Wicked, Intriguing and Wild. Not like most plays written by Oscar.........Timothy~ "

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

    " This is definitely not your typical Oscar Wilde play, but it well done. A bit heavy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/22/2014

    " Mine is a hardcopy from Three Sirens Press lmtd ed #1314/1500 with drawings by Aubrey Beardsley (some sanitized). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariane | 1/16/2014

    " Must read with Beardsley's illustrations but because of Wilde's verbosity I was glad it was only a one act play. Good exercise for my brain and tongue (I think all of Wilde's work should be read out loud to have the full effect). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 12/20/2013

    " I thought this was a little depressing, unlike some of Wilde's funnier, lighter work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 12/17/2013

    " High drama! Which is just fine, because it's a play, you see. And I get Salome. I really do. To a scary extent. If you ask me, our man Jokanaan was asking for it--what a misogynist! Also, true to Wildean form, you could pluck this prose and open a florist's shop with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 12/5/2013

    " Very poetic and I can see why they made an operatic version of it, though I would have to see it staged (or stage it myself) to see what was so upsetting to its contemporary critics. Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations are super cool, but I love the Art Nouveau and the other art movements of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Donovan | 11/22/2013

    " Rich and indulgent with language and imagery, expressing the depths of one's depravity and decadence, Wilde's play is a florid and poignant exploration of gender reversal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessika Malo | 11/19/2013

    " wow, very rich and well-written. You fall deeply and easily for this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica Lyn | 10/13/2013

    " I spent a month obsessed with this play. I read both the French and English but prefer the French as that's the language in which it was written but do an excellent ghetto reinterpretation of Salome trying to seduce ole John. Well worth the half hour it will take to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 10/8/2013

    " This book is pretty dope. With cool gory ink-drawings of the severed head. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne Cardon | 9/19/2013

    " This edition has gorgeous illustrations! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 5/12/2013

    " A disturbing play, but still entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amruth Kumar Juturu | 10/25/2012

    " Nothing brilliant...but good enough short read.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marico | 9/2/2012

    " Pretty good, though not my favorite Wilde. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/21/2012

    " Just finished reading this tonight for the first time. Oscar Wilde continually blows my mind. This play is so dark and different from his others I've read. I'm totally fascinated with it. I love how he really keeps me so engaged until Salome's wish is revealed. So bloody and beyond brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tatiana | 6/4/2012

    " So really what's most interesting about the book is the packaging, the hand-illuminated-ness and the felt cover. I wish all my books were so pretty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sana | 5/3/2012

    " It was overly romanticized. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was familiar with the biblical tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernadet | 3/22/2012

    " Creepy, romantic, mysterious, and classic. Telltale signs of Oscar Wilde's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/23/2012

    " The play based on biblical theme of Judith and beheading of St. John the Baptist. From Wilde's plays this one I liked most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Portia S | 1/18/2012

    " My favourite play ever. -_- I loved the character Salome, the way she used her body to command. It's perhaps Wilde's shortest play, but packed with imagery and beautiful cruelty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keep | 10/5/2011

    " The first wilde tragedy i read, was surprised at how much i liked it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Parissa | 9/8/2011

    " Mr. Wilde, we're not in London anymore. One of the strangest, most breathtaking plays I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/2/2011

    " My favorite book of all time. This story speaks to readers today as it did when it was written. I believe it always will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shams | 6/1/2011

    " Reminds me of Frankenstein; captivated me from the start. I think, there is a Dorian Gray in all of us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Destiny | 5/30/2011

    " I thought there were some pretty slow parts that I basically ignored as I listened to it but I thought it was a good book. It shows how vanity and pride can take over your life and make you so selfish and evil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 niloy | 5/30/2011

    " Very interesting book. Excellent but quite well known plot by now. The description is consistently vivid, and at places the crimes are really hideous. Highly recommended. ... What it is to gain the world, if, in the process, a man loses his soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/28/2011

    " This book has some fantastic one-liners and is very thought-provoking. Often funny, very relevant to today as well as the time in which it was published. Also reveals fascinating insight into the life of a late-Victorian British gentleman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 5/27/2011

    " had to read it for an english class but I enjoyed it.. the modern movie version isn't too bad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cknot1sk | 5/27/2011

    " an interesting insight into the weakness of beauty-wilde's wit failed to disappoint; however, chapter eleven was extremely tediously (read:boring)-the numerous parallels to wilde's own life proved intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 5/27/2011

    " This book really makes you think. Who are you really? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/26/2011

    " Oscar Wilde! Whatever little I have read of Oscar Wilde I have loved. This is one of his best works. I want to read more of Wilde. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/25/2011

    " Darker than I expected, given my love of "The Importance of Being Earnest."
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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.