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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,520 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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Sir Robert Chiltern seems to have the perfect life: he's a successful, well-paid government minister and he has a loving wife. But when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed, all of this is threatened.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 earthy | 2/17/2014

    " Wilde's brilliance is in his snarky dialogue and unfailingly snide social commentary. I figured it was about time I actually read this one, since I've seen the movie version several times and loved it. The play is a quick, delightful read, though the Bigger Issue At Hand (idolizing people instead of loving them, faults and all) gets a bit buried under all the cleverness and societal shenanigans. I was also extremely disappointed with Gertrude's last monologue, which, while it's basically just paraphrasing Lord Goring and should therefore be blamed on him, heavily implies that a woman's only real purpose in life is to love and support her husband because men have far more difficult lives than women do. And no, I don't think this particular speech is meant sarcastically (though I'd love it if that's the case and I just missed it). So yes, I could do without the woman living to support her man theme (maybe Gertrude should forgive her husband because, I dunno, she loves him, not because A Woman Has No Right To Judge), but then again, Wilde was a product of his time, so I guess modern readers shouldn't judge too harshly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 2/15/2014

    " This was also made into a movie. British humor is dominant but witty and just a bit complicated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micha | 2/14/2014

    " Read this then saw it performed in Stratford in the same year when times were good and I still got to go to plays at Stratford. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/24/2014

    " Another witty, entertaining tale! The beginning was a bit confusing with extra characters and letters but it quickly boiled down to a few main captivating characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy Morrow | 1/20/2014

    " With the plot in the beginning being a bit uncertain I was almost sure this would be one of Wilde's less great plays, but within the middle I was reunited with the charm and rather obscure logic which I love reading from Oscar's characters! Overall, fun story, great plot. Timothy~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vilo | 1/17/2014

    " The version I listened to was a full cast production audio book, by L.A. Theatre Works. It was like listening to a radio drama. The play is delightful--very suspenseful and surprising--and has a thing or two to say that are very pertinent today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 1/3/2014

    " It was brilliant which is as to be expected with a work of Oscar Wilde but I wasn't as enchanted by it as the others I've read so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariel | 1/1/2014

    " Not the greatest, but fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 12/16/2013

    " This was my first Oscar Wilde book. The plot is a little thin, but it does get the atmosphere across very well and the different attitudes of the characters are conveyed extremely well and make for a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ming | 12/16/2013

    " even back then insider trading could get one into some serious trouble eh, bless the british tradition of market ethics "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/28/2013

    " Listened to this on booksshouldbefree.com - very well done by multiple voices. Light humor to help with housework. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shibliamirhussain khanyousafzai | 4/24/2013

    " genius of An Ideal Husband is that Oscar Wilde breaks every convention of a standard morality tale "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 3/26/2013

    " So British! I remember watching part of this film at one time. Really want to see it again now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Massiel Escobar | 3/22/2013

    " It's great! Except I would have much rather watched it on stage, than read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Harris | 2/17/2013

    " A wonderful play that hovers between the serious and the comedic sides of life, a balance embodied in the brilliant character Lord Goring. Wilde plays with language in a highly entertaining way, and is an expert at pulling the strings of a drama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy L. | 1/2/2013

    " I've enjoyed everything I've ever read by Wilde. He always makes me laugh and nod my head in conspiratorial agreement with his critiques of social conventions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zuzana | 8/7/2012

    " Witty and delightful. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 3/10/2012

    " What's not to enjoy in anything by Oscar Wilde. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rana~ Saliba | 2/20/2012

    " this is my first "Oscar Wilde" i am absolutely in love with him now ^^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 8/4/2011

    " Love Wilde, Love this play. Incredible wit and insight. Accept that it's a victorian piece with the prejudices of the time and just enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 5/22/2011

    " Just saw an amatuer production of this.....and it was brilliant! there's nothing like oscar wilde for INCREADIBLE dialogue. I mean... 'meet me under the usual palm tree' ? that speaks for itself! ^_^ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/15/2011

    " I think I'm a little in love with Lord Goring... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaity | 5/3/2011

    " I absolutely adore Oscar Wilde, and this is a great one. The movie with Rupert Everett is also phenoms. I would recommend to anyone looking for a political society satire that romps through the complexities of love when one is also a political figure or connected to one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dom | 4/5/2011

    " Very enjoyable although definitely moreso when watching it being performed on stage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.E. | 3/16/2011

    " His best play. (Not an opinion, a fact; I performed a double-blind study, placing a pirate eye-patch over each of my eyes and coming to that decision; that's science for you!)
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danica | 3/3/2011

    " This was a quick, fun read - an entertaining play by Oscar Wilde. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 konneko | 3/3/2011

    " OH! Lord Goring....!!!! i hate miss mabel so hard!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancee | 2/14/2011

    " Another quick read by Oscar Wilde. This was also pretty funny. I like this guy's style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 2/1/2011

    " For some reason I'm always hesitant to pick up Oscar Wilde's plays, but after 10 minutes of reading them, I can never put them down. There is all the typical satire in An Ideal Husband, but it's also beautiful and insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/9/2011

    " Does such a thing exist? After reading, I'm still not sure; but I did enjoy the chase. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/10/2010

    " Seen the movie, of course, but I read the play for book club. Enjoyed it immensely (ah, witty Wilde!), but was irritated at the ending. Platitudes about women's lives being less valuable than a man's seriously light my fuse. "

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About the Author
Author Oscar WildeOscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish-born poet, dramatist, and novelist. His works include collections of fairy stories; the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray; and many brilliantly witty plays, including what is often considered to be his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest.