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MAJOR BARBARA by George Bernard Shaw - FULL AudioBook | GreatestAudioBooks - George Bernard Shaw's (1856 - 1950) "Major Barbara" focuses on the family of aristocratic Lady Britomart Undershaft and her estranged husband Andrew, a millionaire armaments manufacturer. Their daughters Sarah and Barbara are both engaged to be married, and Lady Britomart decides to ask Andrew for monetary support. Barbara is a Major in the Salvation Army, and agrees to let her father visit the mission in the East End of London where she works. In exchange, she agrees to visit his munitions factory. The conflict between Barbara's philanthropic idealism and her father's hard-headed capitalism clash when he decides he wants to fund the Salvation Army. Shaw's comedy, as always, delves into political and social issues of the period, and provides a roster of finely- and humorously-drawn characters. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)
Stephen Undershaft: Chuck Williamson
Lady Britomart Undershaft: Amy L. Gramour
Sarah Undershaft: Arielle Lipshaw
Barbara Undershaft/Rummy Mitchens: Elizabeth Klett
Charles Lomax: mb
Adolphus Cusins: Chris Marcellus
Andrew Undershaft: Bruce Pirie
Snobby Price: Joshua Tesch
Jenny Hill: Grace Garrett
Peter Shirley: Ken Garrett
Bill Walker: Algy Pug
Mrs. Baines: Margaret Espaillat
Narrator: David Lawrence
Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett
George Bernard Shaw, known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1902), Pygmalion (1912) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Born in Dublin, Shaw moved to London in 1876, where he struggled to establish himself as a writer and novelist, and embarked on a rigorous process of self-education. By the mid-1880s he had become a respected theatre and music critic. Following a political awakening, he joined the gradualist Fabian Society and became its most prominent pamphleteer. Shaw had been writing plays for years before his first public success, Arms and the Man in 1894. Influenced by Henrik Ibsen, he sought to introduce a new realism into English-language drama, using his plays as vehicles to disseminate his political, social and religious ideas. By the early twentieth century his reputation as a dramatist was secured with a series of critical and popular successes that included Major Barbara, The Doctor's Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra.
Since Shaw's death scholarly and critical opinion has varied about his works, but he has regularly been rated as second only to Shakespeare among British dramatists; analysts recognise his extensive influence on generations of English-language playwrights. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia .org - Attribution: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Bernard_Shaw&action=history)
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Chapter listing and length:
01 Act 1 - 00:47:04
02 Act 2 - 01:13:06
03 Act 3 - 01:14:31
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