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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,037 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781538482506
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The Happy Prince lived in the Palace of Sans Souci, where sorrow was not allowed to enter, and only pleasure was experienced. Then, a gilded statue set on top of a high column allowed him to see all the wretchedness of the poor, the sick and the lonely who inhabited his great city. What develops is a story of sacrifice and redemption that is a parable for our time.

This program includes nine of Oscar Wilde’s magical and haunting fairy tales. Written for his own sons, Wilde’s tales will provide equal delight for children of today.

Included here are:
1. “The Happy Prince”
2. “The Selfish Giant”
3. “The Devoted Friend”
4. “The Remarkable Rocket”
5. “The Nightingale and the Rose”
6. “The Young King”
7. “The Birthday of the Infanta”
8. “The Star-Child”
9. “The Fisherman and His Soul”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanda | 2/10/2014

    " Masterpieces of fairy tales. So true and touching... "

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

    " quick re-read of the classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juniar | 2/2/2014

    " The little bird buried the thorn into his little heart... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 1/31/2014

    " A fun collection of Wilde's stories are geared, in many ways, towards a younger audience. They are highly moralistic, with very clear messages about living generous, kind, and loving life. Not for those who are looking for something like his famous plays, but well worth a read if you want a better feel for his canon. "

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

    " And here I thought that Oscar Wilde only wrote cheeky, ironic comedies. It has been nearly a year since a friend advised me to look into his fairy-tales, and now I can only wonder what took me so long and echo that friend's recommendation: they are beautiful. My only complaint is that Wilde's cynicism about human nature -- displayed so hilariously in the likes of The Importance of Being Earnest --here takes on a sombre, tragic note surprising in children's stories; several tales left me flat-out depressed and disgusted with humanity. However, these only served to make the moments of redemption all the more triumphant. The mastery of the English language behind the clever wordplay in Wilde's comedies is here translated into gorgeous prose that is almost poetry. I was amazed at the wide range of emotion and meaning he is able to pack into a single, simple image -- a bird and a thorn, a stone wall around a garden -- but then, that's as a good fairy tale should be. Bravo, Mr. Wilde. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yusnia Laili | 1/19/2014

    " Aku sudah baca beberapa cerpennya dalam versi Bahasa Inggris, memang 'dongeng' yang indah dan memiliki pesan moral dengan penyampaian yang unik. Cerita awal: Pangeran nan bahagia, ngeplek dengan cerita yang ada di Kera Sakti (yang terjadi di China). Wow, entahlah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 11/23/2013

    " I love Oscar Wilde. His humor is so biting and witty and cleverly hidden in stories intended for kids. I'm just sorry I had to return the book before getting to read all the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ingrid | 11/16/2013

    " Who doesn't love a little Wilde? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 11/1/2013

    " I definitely recommend reading Wilde's fairy tales, if you're looking for something after reading the obligatory "Dorian Gray" and "Importance of Being Earnest". A less sarcastic, dramatic reading that shows off the tenderness in Wilde's writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 9/6/2013

    " Oscar Wilde cracks me up. Some stories were depressing, some dark, some funny, some sweet. I especially liked The Remarkable Rocket. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/14/2013

    " Interesting fairy tales. Some "huh?" moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 12/23/2012

    " These are great, orginal tales by Wilde. I was surprised by how much Christianity was mixed into the stories, and yet none of them seemed to have a clear moral. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanti | 12/2/2012

    " Found this in the attic and sat going through it and reliving my childhood :3 Perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 11/19/2012

    " I only read The Happy Prince. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne | 6/17/2012

    " Hardly a better story, but I prefer the tale of the Giant. Gets me to tear up every time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/26/2012

    " Didn't know he wrote these imaginative tales "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 12/19/2011

    " After reading this I believe that Oscar Wilde was a hopeful cynic. He wrote these tales, fables really with morals and Christian symbols. I still enjoy The Happy Prince, and I also liked The Selfish Giant. I found the rest depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madelon | 5/9/2011

    " I read this book/story a long time ago, I think I was about 7 or 8. It touched me deeply, and was actually the first story that made me cry. (before that I only had read "happy" stories) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Omnia | 4/13/2011

    " great stories, they carry a much deeper values plus the fun of the fairy tail "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Puche | 4/8/2011

    " Short but very good. Don't miss it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 4/6/2011

    " I love wilde. I'm biased I guess, but everyone should read this. It's short and sweet and everything a fairy tale should be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heleen | 3/24/2011

    " As a child, this tore me apart. Still does, really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosanne | 3/15/2011

    " Read it to the children I was babysitting. They liked it as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaela | 2/22/2011

    " such a pretty little ending, certainly a bit cynical, but still <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/6/2011

    " I read this when I was in elementary school and loved it. I remember I cried and cried because it was such a touching story about love that was willing to give the ultimate sacrifice. "

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

    " So many years have passed, but I still cry every time I read the end. Oscar, you leave me speechless (which is quite an achievement, trust me!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pearl | 1/30/2011

    " My favourite fairy tale of all time. Sad and beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 1/11/2011

    " It was short and sweet. I don't think I'll ever go, 'Ooh! I should read Happy Prince again!' but reading it that one time was very pleasant and the morals were nice. I was surprised by dear Mr. Wilde, after having read the Picture of Dorian Gray!
    No, I kid. But it was very nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ?x ?p = ½ h | 8/25/2010

    " The writing style is so beautiful. The story is absolutely scrumtulescent. I envy Wilde :P "

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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

Johanna Ward (a.k.a. Kate Reading) is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.