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  • The Happy Prince and Other Stories (Unabridged Selections)

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Editor reviews

Oscar Wilde wrote this moving piece for his own children. Lovely music, often appropriately melancholy, can be heard throughout the story. The happy prince, which is a statue, is anything but joyful, a state that narrator Anton Lesser deftly captures. As the prince looks over his village, he sees the pain of those who live there and feels compelled to help. He's assisted by a sweet-voiced swallow who acts at the prince's emissary to help those in need. Ultimately, the spiteful townspeople, who sound as nasty as they behave, criticize the prince and the swallow. In the end, good prevails, uplifting everyone, including listeners.

Summary

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.

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Oscar Wilde - always a delight to read!

Wonderfully read by the author- brought all the characters to life from all the stories.

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enjoyed stories but not narration

often found the narrators attempt at doing character voices really distracted from the story.
Good book, good short stories from Oscar Wilde.

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Stories that make you think Very sensitively told.

You can listen to these stories again and again. They make you laugh and make you cry - and you can't forget them. Anton Lesser is a joy to listen to.

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  • Dru
  • 09-04-13

Messed up version

Would you listen to The Happy Prince and Other Stories (Unabridged Selections) again? Why?

I love this book and the audible performance was excellent. However, the version that's on here is messed up because within the Rocket story, it starts in the middle then goes to the beginning then replays the middle through to the end. It was very confusing the first time around. I asked Audible to fix it, but they never did.

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  • Ulf
  • 21-05-09

Poor Quality

Audible.com dispatches books with a Bit Rate of 32KB ! (128Kb is the lowest Mpg3 Quality usually) which sounds like a 1920' telephone wire.





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