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Editorial Reviews

Juliet Stevenson inhabits the title Femme Fatale with such conviction that even a lesser supporting cast would have to rise to the occasion. But the cast here is first-rate as is the insightful and resonant direction by John Tydeman. Not only has he made this intense stage play perfectly intelligible for audio, but he delivers a most engrossing Hedda. The intelligent, spirited, and self-absorbed Hedda has a dull but devoted husband, an ardent ex-lover, and a lecherous old judge hanging around her. Her manipulations, instigated largely to spark her uninspiring existence, result in a tragically untragic shooting and her own virtual enslavement. Ibsen's masterful, flawlessly constructed character study, though written to reflect rural Norway of the 1880s, seems vividly contemporary.
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Publisher's Summary

Hedda Gabler, the daughter of a deceased general, marries dull George Tesman and foresees a life of middle-class tedium stretching ahead when they return from their honeymoon. Increasingly she is drawn into the clutches of her admirer, Judge Brack, who seeks to establish a ménage à trois. Then the brilliant but dissolute Eilert Lovborg, a former flame, arrives to rival her husband for an academic post.
This new audio production, with Juliet Stevenson giving an unforgettable performance as the passionate Hedda, brings this classic drama to life.
Translated by William Archer and Edmund Gosse.
Public Domain (P)2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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By Brenda on 03-15-13


Would you listen to Hedda Gabler again? Why?

I bought it for school. But I listened to it a second and third time because it was so entertaining.

What did you like best about this story?

The sound of the orator's voice, so melodious and animated. I could imagine the scenes by the tone of her .

Which scene was your favorite?

When Hedda is supposedly playing the piano, but is truly about to commit suicide.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I did on the second reading of it.

Any additional comments?


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By Karen on 12-12-04

A Rewarding Presentation

Juliet Stevenson is wondrous in the title role of this Ibsen classic, as is Michael Maloney as her husband. It's truly an outstanding night at the theatre without leaving your living room. The audio quality of this recording is also extremely high ... no hiss or tin to contend with!

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7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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By douglas on 07-04-17

Top notch performances.

Audio plays rely on quality actors. This cast is first rate. A cut above esp with Juliet Stephenson.

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By Sophie on 01-06-11

Translation Differences

Be aware of different translations/editions of the original text. Otherwise fine.

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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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