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Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Publishing 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Titis | 2/10/2014

    " Jadi inget dulu pas SD, pernah baca Pangeran Bahagia di majalah anak-anak. Waktu itu ceritanya gak sepanjang yang di buku ini, en gw inget kalau gw baca cerita itu berulang-ulang secara gw suka banget. Cerpen yang paling gw suka di buku ini Pangeran Bahagia dan Raksasa yang Egois. "

  • 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... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keely | 2/9/2014

    " I never knew that beneath Oscar Wilde's glib persona was a hopeless and wounded romantic. Half of these stories are utterly heart breaking, but they're also beautifully written and remark upon a few of the more unfortunate aspects of society that are still pertinent issues today. Brace yourself for terrible things happening to good people who are then rewarded in the afterlife after they die tragically, but other than that enjoy a "good read". "

  • 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 Girl | 2/1/2014

    " I love Oscar Wilde, and this book was fun, but I wanted to shake Little Hans until he passed out. His story made me hate stories with morals, too. I think that was the point. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/25/2014

    " I only read The Happy Prince. "

  • 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 | 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/24/2013

    " I love the happy prince :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/10/2013

    " Brilliant, Wilde's sarcasm comes through so much :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanti | 12/3/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanda | 11/26/2013

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

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 9/4/2013

    " Oscar Wilde might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear 'fairy tales' but these are genius. They manage to be full of all the innocence and magic of children's stories but with a twist that is unmistakably Wilde. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rieka | 8/27/2013

    " These short stories are great to read - funny, sad or even confusing; but still brilliant to read! Some of them might be great as goodnight stories for children also. What I don't like is Wilde's writing style in sense of his explanations of the setting. Too long and detailed for short stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 8/5/2013

    " These were really fun and memorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 6/29/2013

    " The fairy tales within this book are sheer magic. "

  • 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 Eliza | 4/12/2013

    " These tales made me love Oscar Wilde even more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 1/24/2013

    " I definitely will read this book in future to my children. It's necessary to have this one on your 'baby shelf'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carsten | 1/17/2013

    " These few fairy tales are not your normal happy-ending-stories - they have a sting - some quite sad, some funny, most of them evolving around the theme of loss, suffering and self-sacrifice and friendship. "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raposa_com_asas | 11/27/2012

    " this book changed my life and made Wilde my favourite author. Disguised as a Fairy-Tale book, but truly a masterpiece of the human mind - alas, should it be so true. "

  • 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 Jiang | 9/5/2012

    " The "Happy Prince" and the "Rose and the Nightingdale" are two MUST reads in this collection of Wilde's short stories. Beautifully written and touching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 8/24/2012

    " "The Happy Prince" is one of my favorite stories ever. I first read an abridged version in a childrens' book of animal stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne | 7/18/2012

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

  • 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 | 4/9/2012

    " Didn't know he wrote these imaginative tales "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadjib | 11/4/2011

    " if you come across that nightingale ...or you pass by the the status ...please tell them i have learned the lesson of hope and the book of sacrifice thanks to thee ...long live Mr nightingale "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/14/2011

    " 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 Angelaswing | 5/24/2011

    " very witty book, definitely one to be read over and over. All Wilde says is the truth, no matter how paradoxical "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/24/2011

    " I am yet to read a bad Oscar Wilde book. He is simply amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thara | 5/24/2011

    " I'm glad I finally read it. I don't enjoy stories where the protagonist is a villain, especially when the author obviously has so much sympathy for the character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/23/2011

    " The dated style of prose makes it a slow read, but the story is a classic. Knowing that Oscar Wilde was struggling with his sexuality adds an element that gives depth to the conflict. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/22/2011

    " I found much of this difficult to read in this day and age, especially the epigramatic dialog but the rest was very good. Not my first time and would recommend as an important classic to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drucilla | 5/20/2011

    " This novel isn't as well known as Dracula or Frankenstein but it is just as good. In some ways, it is darker than those two as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremiah | 5/20/2011

    " Macabre version of Thomas Hardy. Memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/19/2011

    " Had a hard time finishing it. Maybe it's because I really don't like him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanne | 5/19/2011

    " It was very good, a bit slow in the beginning but the ending was really unexpected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 5/19/2011

    " I feel the urge to add that I have read this in three languages. I guess this sums up how much I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilde | 5/19/2011

    " I've read this book a couple of times over the years and have always enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 5/18/2011

    " Exquisite... the word that came to my mind after the last page of this wonderful piece of art. I can't really say much, but its interesting how everything goes around the arts, the beauty and the greed.

    Go and read this, period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syreeta | 5/18/2011

    " I love Oscar Wilde's style of writing. Believe it or not, this is the first time I've read anything by him, and now I am itching to read everything he wrote. "

  • 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 | 8/25/2010

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

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.