• The Trials of Oscar Wilde

  • By: Gyles Brandreth
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-05-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: CSA Word
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (16 ratings)

Summary

Born in Dublin in 1854 Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was educated at Oxford where he achieved a double first. His reputation as a dramatist, poet, and novelist was established in only seven years; from his first short story "The Happy Prince" to The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895. He died in Paris in 1900 ruined by a notorious libel case and two years in Reading gaol. On 18th February 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry left a visiting card at the Albemarle Club on which he had written: "To Oscar Wilde posing as a sodomite." The accusation led to a series of three trials and the imprisonment of Wilde. This compelling dramatic recreation has been carefully compiled from the original trial transcripts.
Performed almost entirely by Martin Jarvis taking the parts of barristers, witnesses, judge, jury, and, of course, Oscar Wilde. It captures the flavour of the trials exactly.
(P)1996, 2000 CSA Telltapes Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicholas on 26-11-10

Astonishing performance by Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis excels himself. He vividly brings the trials to life, using the actual words of the court transcripts. He produces an astounding range of characterization to all those involved, from judges and barristers down to post office messenger boys. He is particularly good with Oscar Wilde himself, highlighting his mercurial wit, without lapsing into caricature. Well done all involved!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Francis Carpenter on 26-12-14

Brilliant!

This was superb. Martin Jarvis' reading was excellent, he varied his voice for the different characters bringing the drama to life. The story itself is compelling and shows how brutal and unjust the British Legal System can be, a trait that unfortunately is still here today with sexual and terrorism 'offences'.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gwynne O'Reagan on 30-07-10

Wow! What a performance!

Martin Jarvis performs a true tour de force in this work, taking the part of every character in the play (often alternating characters line to line) and making each one a truely unique theatrical creation. If you want to hear great audio acting--this is the one for you! The play is also fascinating, having been taken directly from the records of the famous trials. Witty, engrossing, and deepy tragic, this is a superb audio performance that should please any listener. I can't recommend it too highly!

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5 out of 5 stars
By augustine on 15-09-13

Oscar Wilde dramatized

What can be said about these trials. Nothing that hasn't already been stated. So this takes the highlights of the trials and the transcripts and gives us a look at the proceedings as they might have occurred. Poor Oscar Wilde.

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