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    • The Oscar Wilde BBC Radio Drama Collection

    • Five Full-Cast Productions
    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes, Judi Dench, Diana Rigg, and others
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A sparkling collection of the major works of the ever-adored Oscar Wilde, with incredible casts including Judi Dench, Martin Clunes, Michael Sheen, Miriam Margolyes, Ian McDiarmid, Joely Richardson, Penelope Keith, Martin Jarvis, Diana Rigg, Simon Russell Beale, Sheila Hancock, Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Arnya on 15-04-19

    Regular price: £27.99

    • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth. As Basil Hallward, an aspiring artist, puts a few touches on a portrait of his handsome young friend Dorian Gray, Gray wishes that the portrait might grow old while he remains forever young. While Dorian Gray spends his life pursuing fresh experiences and new sensations, his looks do not change. However, the portrait, secretly hidden in the attic of his residence and with which he has grown increasingly obsessed, does.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged version!!

    • By Elle on 08-01-19

    Regular price: £18.29

    • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 529
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 474

    Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure - an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A perfect introduction to audiobooks

    • By 451 on 10-03-15

    Regular price: £18.29

    • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Russell Tovey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    A disturbing tale of a young man's uncanny ability to remain both young and beautiful while descending into a life of heartless debauchery, The Picture of Dorian Gray was considered proof of both Wilde's genius and his perversion. Oscar Wilde's scandalous best seller of 1891 was one of the most damning pieces of evidence used against him in the trial that brought about his downfall.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • just absolutely amazing

    • By Ffion on 10-03-19

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Oscar Wilde Collection

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jacqueline Bisset, Alfred Molina, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    Four classic comedies from one of the wittiest playwrights in Western literature: Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all featuring star-studded casts with the likes of Jacqueline Bisset, Miriam Margolyes, James Marsters, Alfred Molina, Roger Rees, Yeardley Smith, Eric Stoltz, and many more. This audio also includes a chilling dramatization of Wilde's sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good old Oscar

    • By sue tid on 17-06-17

    Regular price: £18.79

    • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Here is Oscar Wilde's most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London's St. James' Theatre on February 14, 1895. "The Importance of Being Earnest" is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Would reread in physical format

    • By Bethany Fisher on 28-11-18

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is Oscar Wilde's classic tale of the moral decline of its title character, Dorian Gray. When Dorian has his portrait painted by Basil Hallward and wishes that he would stay young while his picture changes, his wish comes true. In exchange for this Dorian gives up his soul and, as he ages, the bad deeds that he commits are reflected in his painting and not on him. "The Picture of Dorian Gray", arguably Wilde's most popular work, was considered quite scandalous when it was first published in the late 1800s in Victorian England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A classic

    • By Stephen on 13-03-19

    Regular price: £0.89

    • Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

    • In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund
    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, and others
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a cast!

    • By Frank on 29-04-10

    Regular price: £10.59

    • Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    "Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales continue to exert the same pull over the imagination and emotions as they did when he first read them to his children in the 1880s. Written with inspired poetic intensity and sudden flowerings of the matchless wit for which he is so well remembered, the stories combine the wisdom of parables with the impact of drama."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A family favourite

    • By Wendy on 01-02-09

    Regular price: £5.99

    • Classic Radio Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde, Richard Pasco, Prunella Scales, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Algernon Moncrieff, a bachelor-about-town, has invented an invalid friend called Bunbury in order to get out of tiresome family engagements. At the same time, his friend, Jack Worthing, has invented a wicked brother called Ernest to disguise his own misdemeanours. When Algernon poses as Ernest to win the heart of Cecily Cardew, confusion reigns, and it takes the discovery of an old black handbag to reveal the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brought to Life Vividly

    • By Clavs on 01-11-18

    Regular price: £12.00

    • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Greg Wise
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    Oscar Wilde's enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde's remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dorian Gray's Story Beautifully Narrated

    • By Dinah on 27-03-14

    Regular price: £22.89

    • The Canterville Ghost

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    This is Oscar Wilde's tale of the American family moved into a British mansion, Canterville Chase, much to the annoyance of its tired ghost. The family - which refuses to believe in him - is in Wilde's way a commentary on the British nobility of the day - and on the Americans, too. The tale, like many of Wilde's, is rich with allusion, but ends as sentimental romance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ascolto facile, divertente, ben interpretato

    • By Cliente Amazon on 18-03-19

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Soul of Man

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Josh Smith
    • Length: 2 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Published originally as "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," this is not so much a work of sober political analysis; rather it can be summed up as a rhapsodic manifesto on behalf of the Individual. Socialism having deployed technology to liberate the whole of humanity from soul-destroying labour, the State obligingly withers away to allow the free development of a joyful, anarchic hedonism... "Is this Utopian? A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing."

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Irritating narration, interesting story

    • By R. Löe on 05-04-19

    Regular price: £0.89

    • Lady Windermere's Fan

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Daniel Duffy
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    "Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman" is a four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde, first produced 22 February 1892 at the St James's Theatre in London. The play was first published in 1893. Like many of Wilde's comedies, it bitingly satirizes the morals of Victorian society, particularly marriage. The story concerns Lady Windermere, who discovers that her husband may be having an affair with another woman. She confronts her husband but he instead invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to his wife's birthday ball.

    Regular price: £0.89

    • De Profundis

    • By: Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland - introduction
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale, Merlin Holland
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Written during his time in Reading Gaol, De Profundis is Oscar Wilde's moving letter to Lord Alfred Douglas, whose relationship with Wilde led to the poet's imprisonment. Here Wilde repudiates Lord Alfred and reflects on his ordeal, acknowledging how the depths of his sorrow have helped liberate him toward a fuller, freer wisdom. Brimming with beautiful passages, De Profundis is a profound and inspiring treatise on the meaning of suffering.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wilde speaks for himself

    • By Amazon Customer on 27-12-16

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Great Classic Stories II

    • By: Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Mark Twain, and others
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Kate Fenton, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    This wonderful collection of 18 short stories includes work by some of literature's most treasured names, including Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, and many more. This superlative treasury includes "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe; "A Piece of String" by Guy Le Maupassant; "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin; "The Mark on the Wall" by Virginia Woolf; "Nuns at Lunch" by Aldous Huxley, and many more!

    Regular price: £14.89

    • Lady Windermere's Fan

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    "Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman" is a four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde, first produced 22 February 1892 at the St James's Theatre in London. The play was first published in 1893. Like many of Wilde's comedies, it bitingly satirizes the morals of Victorian society, particularly marriage. The story concerns Lady Windermere, who discovers that her husband may be having an affair with another woman. She confronts her husband but he instead invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to his wife's birthday ball. Angered by her husband's unfaithfulness, Lady Windermere leaves her husband for another lover.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • good but distracted by stage directions

    • By MISS on 19-02-19

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde’s effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A brilliant audio Adaptation

    • By J. J. Gladwin on 30-11-18

    Regular price: £9.19

    • The Fisherman and His Soul

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Sean Murphy
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    To get what we want is often the greatest curse of all. The fisherman here accidentally catches a mermaid in his net. He falls in love with the mermaid and tells her that he wants to marry her. She tells him that he can only marry her if he sends away his soul. From a witch, the fisherman learns how to send his soul away. The Soul makes several attempts to persuade the fisherman to take him back, eventually convincing him to do so with the tale of a beautiful dancer who lives nearby.

    Regular price: £0.89

    • The Canterville Ghost

    • A Full-Cast Audio Drama
    • By: Bleak December, Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Colin Baker, Anthony D.P. Mann, The Bleak December Players
    • Length: 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Colin Baker (Doctor Who) stars in this delightful adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic tale of the ghost who has lost his knack at haunting. When a modern American family moves into an old English manor with a sinister history, they ignore the warnings and hauntings by the house's fearful, cantankerous, spectral inhabitant... Horror and hilarity will ensure in this timeless, family-friendly entertainment - featuring a full cast, sound effects, and an original musical score. 

    Regular price: £7.39

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