Regular price: $19.95
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $19.95
I hesitated getting a long collection of plays in audio, concerned it might be too dry or boring. This collection of eight Shaw plays was performed wonderfully and was a joy to listen to. It turns out a collection of great plays is a really nice choice for a long drive with the family. These plays are still witty and penetrating. The casting is excellent with different enough voices to allow the characters to be clear. There are a few cases of stage-craft that you lose in audio-only; nevertheless the experience is well worth the time. This was the first collection of audible plays I have ordered, but having enjoyed it so much, I just ordered several more collections from the same theater company.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, if they have a a curmudgenly nature coupled with a residual belief in the innate dignity of human beings. It is not for those who have succumbed to the xenophobic newspeak of our times.
What other book might you compare The George Bernard Shaw Collection to and why?
The obvious comparisons are to the plays of Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde. All three expressing a bemused view of humanity that veers toward cynicism, with Coward descending into acidic bitterness. The three are like homemade lemonade with varying levels of sugar--Noel sometimes forgetting to add any sugar at all.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The performances are lively without going over the top. It cannot be better than a good live performance, but it is a nice change from a dry read.
Any additional comments?
I have one complaint, something that really annoys me (possibly others), that applies to all Audible compilations I have experienced. The 'Chapters' are completely anonymous. It is impossible to jump directly to one of the later plays. One has to 'fish' for it. This could be easily fixed by annotating the chapters with the name of the plays.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
to find the correct play I figured out the chapters, do note that Misalliance lacks a queue in the beginning.
Bernard Shaw: 8 plays
001-Arms and the man - ch 01
002-Candida - ch24
003-the devil's disciple - ch 47
004-the doctor's dilemma - ch71
005-Major barbara - ch100
007-Mrs Warren's profession - ch143
008-Pygmalion - ch170
6 of 6 people found this review helpful