The Master Builder

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(4.6 stars; 18 reviews)

Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder, first published in 1892, is about architect Halvard Solness, who despite personal tragedy (including the death of his two sons) has risen to the top of his profession. He has succeeded partly through ruthless competition and exploitation and partly through a seeming ability to force his will on others. His unhappy wife Aline mourns for their lost life, and resents his interest in various young women, including his bookkeeper Kaia Fosli. Solness disregards the ambitions of other architects, including Knut Brovik and his son Ragnar, and seeks solace in the advice of family physician and friend Dr. Herdal. With the entrance of Hilda Wangel, a young woman whom he met as a child ten years ago, his life acquires a new focal point, one that will mean the end of him. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)


Halvard Solness: Bruce Pirie
Aline Solness: Arielle Lipshaw
Dr. Herdal: Andy Minter
Knut Brovik: Lars Rolander
Ragnar Brovik: mb
Kaia Fosli: Availle
Hilda Wangel: Elizabeth Klett
Narrator: Guero

Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett (2 hr 23 min)


Act 1 54:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 50:02 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 38:59 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


(5 stars)

This is a masterful performance of everyone involved .I never heard of this play before but am delighted that I found it.


(3 stars)

The actors are excellent and the characters...interesting, but I didn't like the story. Others might, but it's not to my taste.

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(4 stars)

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