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Download The Happy Prince and Other Tales Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Stephen McLaughlin Publisher: Plain Tales, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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A golden statue comes to life and, with the help of a reluctant swallow, gives away everything he has. A fierce giant forbids children to play in his garden -- then realizes that only through sharing will spring ever come again.

In these rich fables by Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest, characters learn that kindness and giving are the greatest powers of all. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 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 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 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

Stephen McLaughlin was born in Washington, DC, in 1951 and grew up there and on a farm in the Virginia Piedmont. He studied English and philosophy and worked in theater as an actor and director. He has also worked as a librarian, a musician, a landscaper, a cab driver and dispatcher, a handyman, an artist, and a waiter, among other things.