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4.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 5 4.31 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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Oscar Wilde's collection of fairy stories are among the greatest and most poignant classics for children and adults alike. Humour, pathos, delightful little characters abound in the stories of The Happy Prince and the Swallow who agrees to keep him company despite approaching winter; The Selfish Giant, who doesn't want children playing in his garden, and The Remarkable Rocket. In addition, there are those who are not so familiar: The Star Child, The Young King, and The Devoted Friend. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mommy Farris | 2/18/2014

    " I love fairy tales of all kinds but the tales of Oscar Wilde have a special place in my heart. He wrote these tales for his own children to teach them about Christ. Fortunately for the rest of us they have been published and we can all benefit from the very beautiful lessons they teach. Keep tissues handy if you intend to read these out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorie | 2/17/2014

    " I love Oscar Wilde. He had a deep sense of the language and his stories speak to everyone who gives them a chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/15/2014

    " This was one of my favorite collections as a child, and I spent many happy hours reading and re-reading the short stories contained in this volume. The Nightingale and the Rose was a joy to read, as was The Happy Prince, but my favorite by far was The Selfish Giant. Even now, after fifty decades of life, I find myself occasionally going back to re-read this beautiful little story of the walled in giant whose heart was softened by love. It has so much of such importance to teach about the well-lived life! Highly recommended... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecile | 2/9/2014

    " Lovely short stories, full of morales and love but so sad at the same time. The Happy Prince, the Selfish Giant, the Devoted Friend made me cry. Great one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Imelda Escarfuller | 2/4/2014

    " Beautiful tales! Though their are bitter sweet stories. I really recommend this to everyone who likes fairy tales with sad but realistic endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juniar | 1/30/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 1/18/2014

    " These were really fun and memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy Morrow | 1/14/2014

    " These fairy tales of Oscar Wilde are quite amazing, my favorites being "The Happy Prince" and "The Nightingale and the Rose," both beautiful stories of Love and Sacrifice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amogha | 10/24/2013

    " Transported me back to childhood. Absolute bliss it is to read such wonderfully crafted stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julirose | 10/4/2013

    " The first book that my husband read to me before sleeping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 9/23/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadjib Zabat | 6/8/2013

    " 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/23/2013

    " I read The Happy Prince, seemed 'sad' rather than 'happy', but not the other stories in the book....so I don't know if I can count this as 'read'...... oh well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raposa_com_asas | 2/7/2013

    " 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 Bram | 1/10/2013

    " I could squirt some tears just thinking about a couple of these stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mila | 10/2/2012

    " I'll be reading this to my kids at the mild risk of traumatizing them for life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 9/30/2012

    " Didn't know he wrote these imaginative tales "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona Mahfouz | 6/13/2012

    " Gripping. Truly for children from eighteen to eighty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/3/2012

    " I love the happy prince :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlyn | 5/25/2012

    " Very enjoyable stories, with good moral lessons. My favorites were The Selfish Giant, The Remarkable Rocket, and The Star-Child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 9/26/2011

    " I can't wait to sit and read these to my children one day, along with Browning's Pied Piper. Such beautiful stories with Wilde's typical flair and also with great morals for young children! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/19/2011

    " I loved this little book of short stories. Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite authors and his original fairy tales are just beautifully written. This took me less than a day to read, but it's one I won't soon forget. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Alcorn | 6/16/2011

    " A vaguely dark collection of moralistic short stories. Sad, yet beautiful. "

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

    " 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 Karthik | 5/3/2011

    " Remember reading jataka tales long ago when you were a kid.This takes you exactly there.It sent me traveling down the road where the stories had a moral behind like -truth, honesty or hatred and always the good won over the evil.it ssent me back to when i was a kid.Splendid "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 4/25/2011

    " I love this collection of fairly tales. They are beautifully written. Some are religious, and some are even funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nat | 4/14/2011

    " Not just for the very young... tales you probably vaguely remember from childhood - heart-warming stories all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dom | 4/5/2011

    " These stories are beautiful. In particular, The Happy Prince and The Nightingale & the Rose are generally the most poignant and, in my opinion, the best stories out of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxane | 3/27/2011

    " Short stories for children - though I would recommend for older children. May have to borrow someone's children to try one or two out on...would be interesting to see how today's children interpret these stories (I myself am still struggling with "The Nightingale and the Rose"). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 3/17/2011

    " I have to say that I really enjoyed most of the stories; some of them were simple in the way they did not bring much emotion to the story. However "The Happy Prince" and "The Nightingale and the Rose" are brilliant pieces that ponder how fickle human emotion comes and goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/9/2011

    " Delightful and very Wildean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 1/9/2011

    " Well, I wouldn't read them to a little kid because some of them have such depressing endings. But Wilde can write. "

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About the Author
Author Oscar WildeOscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish-born poet, dramatist, and novelist. His works include collections of fairy stories; the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray; and many brilliantly witty plays, including what is often considered to be his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.
About the Narrator

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens.