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A Doll's House Audiobook

A Doll's House

Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: Phil Chenevert Release Date: May 2021

A Doll's House is a three-act play in prose by Henrik Ibsen. The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th-century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the protagonist, Nora, leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself. Ibsen was inspired by the belief that 'a woman cannot be herself in modern society,' since it is 'an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint.' Its ideas can also be seen as having a wider application: Michael Meyer argued that the play's theme is not women's rights, but rather 'the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she really is and to strive to become that person.' In a speech given to the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights in 1898, Ibsen insisted that he 'must disclaim the honor of having consciously worked for the women's rights movement,' since he wrote 'without any conscious thought of making propaganda,' his task having been 'the description of humanity.' In 2006, the centennial of Ibsen's death, A Doll's House held the distinction of being the world's most performed play for that year. UNESCO has inscribed Ibsen's autographed manuscripts of A Doll's House on the Memory of the World Register in 2001, in recognition of their historical value. As part of our mission to publish great works of literary fiction and nonfiction, Sheba Blake Publishing Corp. is extremely dedicated to bringing to the forefront the amazing works of long dead and truly talented authors.

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Nora Audiobook

Nora

The late master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman streamlined Ibsen's A Doll's House to expose the contemporary heart of the 19th century masterpiece. Taut with suspense, this critically-acclaimed adaptation focuses on Nora, a young wife and mother who exploits her childlike charm to survive in a man's world. But Nora has a secret that threatens her cozy existence, and she begins a perilous journey to find her way out. Recorded before a live audience at the Doubletree Guest Suites, Santa Monica, CA, in 1997. Adapted by Ingmar Bergman Translated by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker Director: Steve Albrezzi Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg David Dukes as Torvald Helmer Robert Foxworth as Dr. Rank Natalija Nogulich as Mrs. Linde Linda Purl as Nora John Vickery as Nils Krogstad Radio production and music arrangements by Raymond Guarna Foley Artist: Amy Strong

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Little Eyolf Audiobook

Little Eyolf

Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: – Expatriate Release Date: October 2020

In Henrik Ibsen's play 'Little Eyolf' we meet Alfred Allmer and his wife Rita, whose marriage and relationship has been strained ever since their son, Eyolf, fell from a table as an infant and became lame. Alfred has been burying himself in work, writing his philosophical thesis on 'human responsibility’. Meanwhile, Rita still feels a lot of desire towards Alfred and is jealous of everyone who comes near him. But when little Eyolf is lured away by the Rat-Wife and drowns in a lake, the couple must learn how to be husband and wife all over again.

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The Master Builder Audiobook

The Master Builder

Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: – Expatriate Release Date: October 2020

Master Builder Halvard Solness is an ageing architect who has not achieved what he wanted, neither in art nor in love. He fears and bullies his juniors, and thinks he is going mad. His wife and mistress try to care for him as best they can, without themselves getting hurt in return. The situation is further fraught by the arrival of young and seductive Hilda Wangel, who also plays a part in Ibsen's previous drama 'The Lady from the Sea.'

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The Henrik Ibsen: Nine full-cast BBC radio dramatisations Audiobook

The Henrik Ibsen: Nine full-cast BBC radio dramatisations

Often described as 'the father of realism', Henrik Ibsen was a pioneer of modernist drama. He influenced playwrights as diverse as George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, and is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare. Included in this collection are adaptations of his tragicomic masterpiece The Wild Duck, his complex and compelling play Rosmersholm, the epic drama Brand and the tragedy John Gabriel Borkman. Ibsen's A Doll's House is relocated to 1879 India in Tanika Gupta's Audio Drama Award-winning dramatisation, while the provocative and scandalous Ghosts is adapted by Richard Eyre, with the cast of his Olivier Award-winning Almeida Theatre production. Also featured are vibrant dramatisations of Hedda Gabler, whose desperate heroine is trapped in a suffocating marriage; The Lady from the Sea, about a woman torn between security and passion; and An Enemy of the People, in which a whistleblower reveals an inconvenient truth and is vilified for it. The casts of these stunning dramas include David Threlfall, Nicholas Farrell, Helen Baxendale, Indira Varma, Lesley Manville and Harriet Walter. Track listing: The Wild Duck Rosmersholm Brand John Gabriel Borkman A Doll's House Ghosts Hedda Gabler The Lady from the Sea An Enemy of the People

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A Doll's House [unabridged] Audiobook

A Doll's House [unabridged]

Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: Robin Laree Berry Release Date: March 2020

This audiobook is the most affordable version of A Doll's House that also has high quality, masterfully engineered audio. We modify audio for your pleasure. We use a computer-assisted dynamic-leveling process to ensure audio stays within an optimal listening range. Noise-gate technology is used in all books to eliminate all background and room noise disturbances for your enjoyment of the book. We are dedicated to providing you with the best possible audio experience at the best possible price. We hope you enjoy this Danish classic by Henrik Ibsen!

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Hedda Gabler Audiobook

Hedda Gabler

Hedda and George have just returned from their honeymoon, but when her former lover Eilert appears with a brilliant new manuscript, George's hopes for a professorship are dimmed. Hedda's desperate dissatisfaction with her life leads to dangerous choices in this startling portrait of a woman hell-bent on destruction. Recorded before a live audience at the UCLA James Bridges Theater in June 2019. Directed by Debbie Devine Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg Josh Bitton as Eilert Lovborg JD Cullum as George Tesman Gregory Harrison as Judge Brack Shannon Holt as Aunt Julie Tesman Elizabeth Ruscio as Berta Jocelyn Towne as Hedda Gabler Karen Malina White as Mrs. Thea Elvsted Associate Artistic Director: Anna Lyse Erikson Recording Engineer, Sound Designer, Mixer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood Senior Radio Producer: Ronn Lipkin Foley Artist: Brian Wallace Production Manager: Elena Cruz Editor: Neil Wogenson

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N B C University Theater - Hedda Gabler Audiobook

N B C University Theater - Hedda Gabler

Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: Various Release Date: September 2019

'NBC University Theater' initially started in Chicago with a remit to bring adaptations of classic novels, usually Anglo-American, to a radio audience. Additionally, if listeners signed up they received college credit to a radio-assisted correspondence course. A study guide, The Handbook of the World's Great Novels, was available for 25 cents. In its later years it also included short stories and plays and went on to win the distinguished Peabody award.Unlike many other radio shows University Theatre did not pursue the glamourous stars for its productions but instead relied on excellent distillations of the novels and first class acting alongside high production values.But now its time to enjoy these timeless novels. Let's begin.

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Little Eyolf Audiobook

Little Eyolf

Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: Expatriate Release Date: November 2018

Hedda Gabler has just returned from her honeymoon. She has married out of ennui, and is already heartily sick of her husband, who is a plodding, pedantic academic. Upon moving into her new Christiania home, she soon discovers that Thea Elvsted, an old schoolmate whom she always envied and despised, has boldly left her marriage in order to be with Eilert Lövborg, a former lover of Hedda who is trying to overcome a past life of debauchery and alcoholism by creating a revolutionary new work of philosophy and returning to respectability. Another old flame, Judge Brack, tries to wheedle his way back into Hedda's life by any means possible. Yearning to exercise power over someone, anyone, to "mould a human destiny," Hedda begins callously to manipulate the people around her to devastating effect. Written at the height of Ibsen's mature period, this play has endured as one of the most-performed and most powerful of all Ibsen's works. Hedda is both perpetrator and victim, a psychologically-complex, frustrated woman trying to assert some control over her world. Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, and The Master Builder. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and A Doll's House became the world's most performed play by the early 20th century. Several of his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theatre was required to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality.

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The Master Builder Audiobook

The Master Builder

Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: Expatriate Release Date: November 2018

Halvard Solness is a master architect who has ruthlessly forged a preëminent career without regard for the feelings of those around him. In spite of this unscrupulous path of life, his conscience is still painfully alive, burdening him with guilt for past choices. He lives a tormented existence, fearful not only that he is going mad but also that he has unconsciously been in league with demonic powers in order to reach his present status. His long-suffering wife and his mistress try to deal with him in his fragile state while not being destroyed themselves. Into this fraught situation suddenly arrives the dangerous Hilda Wangel, an eldritch young woman claiming a special relationship with Solness from his past. One of the five great plays of Ibsen's final period, "The Master Builder" is laden with layers of symbolic significance. Like most Ibsen works, it begins quietly with dialogue between quite ordinary people and only gradually reveals its depths of meaning and power.

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Hedda Gabler Audiobook

Hedda Gabler

Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: Expatriate Release Date: November 2018

One of the four profound plays of Ibsen's late period (along with "The Master Builder," "John Gabriel Borkman," and "When We Dead Awaken"), "Little Eyolf" tells the story of Albert Allmers, a writer who has yearned to leave behind a literary or philosophical legacy of some kind, but who finally decides to invest that yearning in the life of his little handicapped son, Eyolf. Rita Allmers loves her husband so obsessively that she hates any rival for his affection, whether it be Allmer's literary magnum opus, Little Eyolf himself, or Albert's strangely devoted sister Asta. Little Eyolf's tragic death, possibly orchestrated by the eldritch old Rat-Wife, brings about a psychological climax among the three adults, as they reveal to each other deep conflicts of love and hate, complex erotic desires, raw honesty about their emotional emptiness in the face of human tragedy, and the realization that all that really matters to any one of them is Life itself. The famous H. L. Mencken heads a team effort committed to the colloquial, lucid rendition of this alternative translation. Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, and The Master Builder. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and A Doll's House became the world's most performed play by the early 20th century. Several of his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theatre was required to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality.

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Brand Audiobook

Brand

Author: Henrik Ibsen Narrator: Expatriate Release Date: November 2018

Inflamed by what he saw as his Norwegian homeland's shocking betrayal of Denmark after the Prussian invasion of Danish territory, Ibsen wrote "Brand" as an indictment of human complacency and rigidity of mind. Composing this "dramatic poem" from his self-imposed exile in Italy, Ibsen had long agonized over the stodgy provincialism of his countrymen, but the abandonment of Denmark took on the dimensions in his imagination of a human tragedy far surpassing his own personal experiences. Brand is a priest who refuses to compromise, at the cost of great suffering to others, and who lives by unrealizable ideals. The play revolves around a cast of remarkable characters, such as Gerd the mad peasant girl with delusions of God; Ejnar the complacent artist; and Agnes the devoted lover. Ibsen's breakthrough work, "Brand" could be seen as the true beginning of Ibsen's career, and although (or because?) it was at the time the most fiercely-debated work of literature in Scandinavian history, it always remained one of the playwright's favorite productions. The true genius of the work lies in the judicious balance of its indictment of philistine complacency and its warning against intolerant zealotry. The ambiguous character of Brand himself, principled and heroic while flawed, was seen by Ibsen as representing himself at his best. "Give Nothing, or give All," said Brand, over and over, with stirring consequences.. Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, and The Master Builder. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and A Doll's House became the world's most performed play by the early 20th century. Several of his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theatre was required to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality.

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