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Audible Theatre Collection: Ibsen

Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Summary

Born in 1828, Norwegian playwright, theatre director and poet Ibsen, wrote in Danish yet lived for many years in Italy and Germany. Heralded as one the most distinguished dramatists after Shakespeare, by the early 20th century A Doll's House became the world's most performed play. 

Hedda Gabler 

A poignant study of loneliness, impotent rage and societal expectations breeding a certain kind of madness, this trailblazing play focusses on Hedda Gabler, 'the general's daughter', and her rising feelings of anger and jealousy towards a former schoolmate, fuelled by her lack of control in her own life. When a former suitor comes back into her life, bringing with him all kinds of complication, passion and history, Hedda devises a plot to win back her power... which ultimately leads to a very civilized sort of chaos and, ultimately, tragedy. 

Full cast: Laura Carmichael, James Parkes, Rachel Atkins, Sarah Whitehouse, Christopher Dane, Harry Myers, Fiz Marcus. 

A Doll's House 

Nora Helmers is her husband Torvald's adorable 'little doll'. Pretty and doll-like in her doll's house with her healthy children and seemingly respectable life, she and her family have it all... or so it seems. Behind closed doors, like a lot of Ibsen's antiheroines, Nora is unhappy and unfulfilled. She is thoughtful, intelligent and trapped, playing the role of a dutiful wife in a situation that doesn't arouse any of her passions, in a society that believes that she shouldn't have any. A fascinating before-its-time window onto a world where expectations of women were streets apart from the contemporary world, Ibsen's masterpiece is a study in strength, determination and hard choices against all the odds. 

Full cast: Laura Carmichael, Edward Harrison, Christopher Dane, Sarah Whitehouse, Harry Myers, Jessica Dennis, Josephine Arden. 

An Enemy of the People 

A true classic and a play for our modern times in equal measure. A perhaps unintentional parody on 'fake news', the hysteria of the masses and publicly shaming individuals to the point of breakdown, this story follows one man's struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme social intolerance. Sometimes farcical, sometimes terrifying, An Enemy of the People is a parable for crazy times and a cautionary tale for those who dare to challenge the establishment. 

Full cast: Owen Teale, Sarah Whitehouse, Christopher Dane, James Parkes, Edward Harrison, David Forest, Ben Whitehead, Harry Myers, Neil Frost, Paul Anthony, Liis Mikk, Josephine Arden. 

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Public Domain (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.

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unputdownable in audio terms

wow simply stunning. the story line the suspense the performance. took my breath away it was that good.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Brilliant performances, curious narratives and intriguing characters. High quality recording - I found it easy to visualise the stories. Definitely worth the time.

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Thoroughly enjoyed them

I found they plays compelling to listen to! The plots and themes were interesting and they were acted out very well. Would definitely recommend

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Download issues

There seems to be an issue with the Audible Theatre collections; I purchased these almost a month ago and all that is available on my kindle fire app is a long description of the show with no option to play or download the episodes.

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brilliant as an audio

absolutely loved listening to these plays. I had heard Hedda Gabler before and the other 2 plays are just as good. Very easy to listen to again and again. A nice length. Highly recommend.

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excellent short drama. thanks for the freebie!

i listened to this in one go. the characters are well defined and the plot is gripping if tragic. great production and characters i particularly liked the voice of the mr tessman character (heddas husband). i tried the chevkhov plays but found them a bit heavy going to start with

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Stunning!

The underrated Ibsen play! So enjoyed this dark and yet fascinating portrait of love and betrayal.

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GOOD OLD FASHIONED LITERATURE

These are good old fashioned stories written well over one hundred years ago about life set in a totally different environment & era with Ibsen delving into the psychology of the social structure of a society based on socialistic moral rules & codes of conduct for both men, women & the role of family. Having studied the Victorian era I can appreciate what the plays have to say, where today some may find the stories slightly old fashioned & unbelievable. These are excellently produced plays & well acted, though from a purely personal preference, actress Laura Charmicheal is not right for these types of performances & I would have preferred & actress from the older school of acting.

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An Enemy of the People

Annoyingly, I have only been able to access 1 of the 3 plays in this collection due to download issues.

An Enemy of the People was well written (although references to 'acting like old women' felt dated). The plot is stronger than the cast however - the young boys sounded like the adult women I suspect they were. This had funny and serious elements which balanced well.

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