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Publisher's Summary

A new recording of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece, starring Calista Flockhart. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora's well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen's play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Calista Flockhart as Nora Helmer; Tony Abatemarco as Dr. Rank; Tim Dekay as Torvald Helmer; Jeannie Elias as Anne-Marie and Helene; Gregory Itzin as Nils Krogstad; Jobeth Williams as Mrs. Linde. Translated by Rolf Fjelde. Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
©2011 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works
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By Renee on 01-24-15

Independence

Awesome story, favorite part, Nora's self realization that she has never thought for herself.

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By Gretchen SLP on 12-10-16

Extraordinarily High Quality Theatre 🎭

These L.A. Theatre Works productions are some of the best deals on Audible. For just a couple or few bucks, the listener is treated to what amounts to an evening of supremely high quality theatre. That's invaluable to anyone who is not able to see plays nearly as often as one might wish. I had never seen A Doll's House (translated here as A Doll House), never seen the arc of liberation of Torvald's "little chipmunk" (translated here as "little squirrel"), so this production was a real treat and I'm sure I will listen again. To anyone unfamiliar with Ibsen, this play shocked 19th century Europe with its stunning early feminist themes of male oppression and women's liberation. The whole cast is excellent here, and Calista Flockhart so convincing in the role of Nora that it's easy to see why Nora's door slam at the close of the play was said to "reverberate across the roof of the world."

Grade: A. Bechdel test: Pass.

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By HJP on 07-26-15

Captivating performance of a classic drama

Where does A Doll House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very High (except for the 'Children's' voices - which are rare, fortunately)

What other book might you compare A Doll House to, and why?

A Doll House stands alone - a classic

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Nora - Calista Flockhart brings high energy to this role

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Nora's deception becomes apparent and is told,"Obviously you don't have the vaguest idea of what you have involved yourself in"

Any additional comments?

The tension builds inexorably, broken by humour and realisation<br/>

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By BigBaby on 03-13-14

Superfical wife, superficial controlling husband

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The couple are as superficial as each other. He is (amoung other things) a control freak, she is a kept woman obsessed with beauty and money. Realization dawns and she leaves. The story ends without addressing child custody, where she would go and what on earth she will do.

Would you recommend A Doll House (Dramatized) to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I didn't mind it, but not sure who would want to hear the play. You are excluded from a little bit of humour relying on sound effects. The door slamming could have been a gun-shot from as he commits suicide. You don't know if the children where with her or left behind, from what you pick up, the later probably.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

N/A

Did A Doll House (Dramatized) inspire you to do anything?

No, but I would try more dramatized audios.

Any additional comments?

From an entertainment point of view and at the price the audio was enjoyable. The cast sound like they put on a good show.

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