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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Joy Gelardi Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900) was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.

This audiobook brings together two of his well known short stories. In 'The Selfish Giant', a once selfish giant welcomes the children to his previously forbidden garden and is eventually rewarded by an unusual little child.

'The Happy Prince' tells the tale of a metal statue who becomes friends with a migratory bird. Together they bring some happiness to others in life and in death. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/26/2014

    " Nice wee Jesus-y tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 1/24/2014

    " Wilde's fairy tale masterpiece..Check out who our hero is in the end! ;o) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2014

    " Ok, I know I already specified which are my top three favorite books but this one trumps them all. This is the best story and it has made me cry a couple times. Please read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/18/2014

    " Tout simplement une merveille ! Illustrations, the story Oscar Wilde . Le tout! J'aime !!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret J | 1/16/2014

    " I fell across this book when I was looking for something to read to Suzie and we both fell in love with it. It's a beautiful story about selfishness vs. generosity and has an ending that makes me sob every time. The style and symbols Wilde uses are amazing and I will never tire of reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 1/4/2014

    " It shows the pure love of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elina R | 1/3/2014

    " Makes me cry every time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/1/2014

    " It is the very end which makes the story worth reading. I am a sucker for this kind of story-- which I do not think is a bad thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max R. | 1/1/2014

    " Really nice book, I used this for my E.S.B. in year 3!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asma | 12/18/2013

    " One of the good stories to teach children some morals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William O'Brien | 10/31/2013

    " Great traditional work "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shivers | 5/12/2013

    " I usually like stories about giants but I really didn't like the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie Lee | 4/27/2013

    " I would not recommend this book for kids. The original story line is great but in the end the author throws in a religious twist. This factor threw me for a loop so I can imagine what would happen if a young student was reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaun Smart | 4/25/2013

    " A giant of literature someone who makes feelings real .....and everything seem sublime "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya W | 2/15/2013

    " Great book, great message, interesting tie-in to Christ which I wasn't expecting and wouldn't have figured out without the obvious symbolism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/17/2013

    " This was one of my favourite stories when I was a child and I still love it now "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/30/2012

    " The tenderest of hearts hides inside the hardest of shells "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Cale | 11/20/2012

    " Recommended by a friend. A different, yet somewhat familiar side of Wilde. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaby | 9/22/2012

    " I need to reread this one. It has been too long. I remember it was beautiful, poignant, and I cried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 7/13/2012

    " A wonderful short story with a pleasant surprise at the end. Beautifully illustrated. The story generated an excellent conversation between myself and my son about the symbolism in the story and what Oscar Wilde was really writing about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 4/7/2012

    " A favorite children's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Wagstaff | 3/31/2012

    " I read this to my daughter at bedtime, we both really liked it. She immediately identified the little boy at the end as Jesus, bless her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rachel | 12/5/2011

    " read to my nieces "

  • 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 in 1854. 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.