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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,040 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Walter Zimmerman, Michelle Ford, Cindy Hardin Killavey, Jim Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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Oscar Wilde was one of the most versatile writers who ever lived. He wrote classic plays, including The Importance of Being Ernest; one wildly popular and influential novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; and a number of inventive and moving stories in The Happy Prince and Other Tales.

Stories included in this volume are: The Nightingale and the Rose, The Devoted Friend, The Happy Prince, The Remarkable Rocket, and The Selfish Giant.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/18/2014

    " Wilde spins a good tale. Several of them, in this fairy tale stories case. All the stories in this collection have a moral, and all are told beautifully. I think the Selfish Giant was my favorite of the bunch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eunike Gloria | 1/18/2014

    " Salah satu kisah moral anak-anak yang saya sukai adalah kisah-kisah yang ditulis oleh Wilde dalam buku ini. Terdapat lima kisah pendek di dalamnya, dan kelimanya mencoba menceritakan paradoks manusia yang eksistensinya seolah-olah bersifat abadi. Buku inilah yang mampu membuat saya lebih memahami nilai di balik sebuah kisah moral untuk anak-anak. Wilde menggambarkan kenyataan pahit kehidupan yang sebenarnya merupakan bagian lain dari kebahagiaan. Salah satu kisah berjudul The Nightingale and the Rose memberikan makna yang jelas mengenai kontradiksi antara kesedihan dan kebahagiaan. Seekor burung bulbul menyaksikan perjuangan seorang anak laki-laki yang ingin menyatakan cintanya pada seorang gadis. Namun gadis itu meminta setangkai bunga mawar merah kepada anak tersebut sebagai syarat untuk mendapatkan cintanya. Burung bulbul pun berusaha keras mencari bunga mawar merah itu, namun usahanya gagal, dan akhirnya ia mengorbankan dirinya untuk menjadi setangkai mawar merah. Pada akhirnya, pengorbanan butung bulbul menjadi sia-sia karena sang gadis menolak cinta anak laki-laki itu, dan dengan mudahnya mawar itu dibuang begitu saja. Paradoks. Pengorbanan yang berujung pada kesedihan dan kepaitan. Jika dipahami secara mendalam kisah ini hanyalah sepenggal kecil dari pemikiran Wilde yang sangat imajinatif. Buku ini memang sangat menarik untuk dibacakan kepada anak-anak, namun ketika orang dewasa mencoba memahami lebih dalam, pelajaran moral menjadi bias. Yang ada hanyalah perasaan sesak karena kenyataan di luar sana dapat terjadi sesuai dengan yang digambarkan oleh Wilde. Hal lain yang membuat buku ini menjadi menarik adalah disisipkannya pemahaman-pemahaman substansial mengenai hidup dan cinta. Jika Wilde menjadi salah satu penulis yang kata-katanya sering dikutip oleh masyarakat, maka buku ini membuktikan alasan di balik keindahan pemilihan kata yang digunakannya. Metaforanya tidak berlebihan dan menurut saya cenderung jujur. Tidak bermaksud menutupi namun juga tidak menelanjangi. Wilde memberi kesempatan bagi pembaca untuk membayangkan dan menginterpretasikan sendiri makna di balik frase-frasenya. Buku ini juga menjadi salah satu alasan mengapa saya tidak dapat meninggalkan literatur anak-anak dalam daftar bacaan saya. Terlalu indah untuk dilepaskan begitu saja, terlalu menarik jika hanya dianggap sebagai bacaan anak saja. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/13/2014

    " Didn't know he wrote these imaginative tales "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pablo Hernandez | 1/8/2014

    " Yes, 'poignant' might be the right word. There's an underlying tragedy in most of the tales which make them sad and beautiful. I got a sense of melancholy as I read them; it's actually surprising regarding some of the tales that they were initially written for his kids. Wilde was a true genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 11/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megga Lovecraft | 11/12/2013

    " dongeng antalogi yg indah ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Girl Underground | 11/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona Mahfouz | 10/30/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hesty | 10/11/2013

    " little bit upset knowing i just have read it when i'm already 20, not in my childhood when i read mostly of H.C. Anderssen's and Blyton's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayman | 7/10/2013

    " behind the sarcastic way of Oscar Wilde lies a very sensitive writer who can touch your heart "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanda | 5/6/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadjib Zabat | 11/5/2012

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stella_bee | 12/26/2011

    " walau berisikan dongeng untuk anak-anak, buku ini penuh dengan muatan moral yang mendidik dan masih cocok dibaca orang dewasa sekalipun. Dongeng yang indah dan menawan, favoritku: Pangeran Bahagia; Teman yang Setia; Raksasa yang Egois; Roket yang Luar Biasa ... hampir semuanya jadi favorit ^.^ "

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

    " 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 Julia | 7/27/2011

    " Completely brilliant, as all of Wilde's works are, and surprisingly heartbreaking. I read this on my kindle and found myself highlighting something every other paragraph. Brilliant, I say! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Ried | 7/23/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carsten Thomsen | 6/4/2011

    " 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 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.