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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (94,887 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Jeremy Clyde, Richard Pasco, Prunella Scales, Maurice Denham Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Martin Clunes and Michael Sheen star in this full-cast production of Oscar Wilde's well-known play. Oscar Wilde's dazzling comedy about mistaken identities and secret engagements still delights audiences over a century after its first performance in 1895.

Algernon Moncrieff, a bachelor-about-town, has invented an invalid friend called Bunbury in order to get out of tiresome family engagements. At the same time, his friend, Jack Worthing, has invented a wicked brother called Ernest to disguise his own misdemeanours. When Algernon poses as Ernest to win the heart of Cecily Cardew, confusion reigns, and it takes the discovery of an old black handbag to reveal the truth.

This star-studded BBC Radio production features Martin Clunes as Algernon, Michael Hordern as Lane, Michael Sheen as Jack, Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell, Samantha Bond as Gwendolen, Miriam Margolyes as Miss Prism, and Amanda Root as Cecily.

The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 2/19/2014

    " This is such a hilarious read. I read it for the second time in a book group where we each took a few parts and read it out loud. It was such a fun, entertaining evening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 2/13/2014

    " I just loved listening to this performance of The Importance of Being Earnest. It is a recorded live performance and, just as the wit of Oscar Wilde, is perfection of the English language! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine Tinsley | 1/17/2014

    " A very quick read for having marked a classic off my list. It did not require a translator or guide to make sure I didn't miss half of what was being said, either, like some of Shakespeare's work. While I think I grasped all of the obvious humor and several more general comments on society, nonetheless I'm sure there is much I missed as a direct reflection of Victorian ideas of that era. The characters are cleverly written to be an amusing read, although so foolish in their thoughts, decision-making and vices that it is very hard to know whether to cheer for their romantic angling or not! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy Pelfrey | 1/14/2014

    " Downloaded this free ebook on my Kindle for something to read on the train. Hysterical and enjoyable read! So many one liners and zingers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vinay Kumar | 1/11/2014

    " Amazing comedy from Oscar Wilde.. he is indeed genius . a must read ....... very small book with laugh out loud content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Harris | 12/28/2013

    " Another funny and frothy drama that plays upon the lies people weave about themselves and others. It all untangles brilliantly at the end, and is entertaining to watch and read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Broderick | 12/25/2013

    " extremely delightful book and a great Christmas gift! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Athul Raj | 12/21/2013

    " I don't know about the aristocratic life in the 19th century. So I can't tell if this is a satire or just a humor story for the brainless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sienna K | 12/19/2013

    " Even though I was forced to read this play for school, I was surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. The wit and mockery throughout the play was very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 12/18/2013

    " Oscar Wilde at his best. Love that 19th century wit! Silly with some stabs at 19th century English society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade Zhao | 12/15/2013

    " Hilarious, well-written, and a wonderful read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Upasana | 12/7/2013

    " How important can a name be? Comedy meets confusion! Entertaining read. Enjoyed it all the way! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nayram | 11/30/2013

    " BRILLIANT SATIRE AND FARCE! i love this play! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 11/27/2013

    " Loved!! It was an easy read with a humorous and lighthearted twist - would definitely recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelly | 9/26/2013

    " I was actually in this play. I was Lady Bracknell. I LOVED this book and play! I still quote from it. "WHERE'S THAT BABY?!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 9/19/2013

    " This book is hilarious. We had to read it for school, and I'm so glad we did. I just wish I could read it again...I really need to get a copy of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeneece Morges | 8/2/2013

    " Was a quick and enjoyable read, in my opinion after reading Portrait of Dorian Grey I expected more but Wilde still kept me interesting. The play was a clever means to shining the controversial light on social conventions of the victorian elite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiera | 5/26/2013

    " I read this in school and I don't remember that much about it, other than I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 2/15/2013

    " This satire on love and marriage in high society is very witty and amusing. Its like a blend of Shakespeare and Jeeves, complete with mistaken identities, ridiculous yet charismatic characters, and a jolly good ending where everything sorts itself out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nesma Fahmy | 11/24/2012

    " one of th nicest comedy playsi ever read.traditional of Oscar Wilde "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 9/21/2012

    " Entertaining, one for those down days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 7/29/2012

    " Sarcastically high brow and absurdly hilarious. Loved it completely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/20/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this play. Wilde displayed his genius and sense of humor. The mystery was solved and was very unexpected. There really is an Importance of Being Ernest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget West | 3/16/2012

    " The Lord of Literature didn't let me down for a second :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devika | 3/6/2012

    " Wilde's writings are timeless, each gaining in relevance with the passage of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gurpreet kaur | 2/11/2012

    " Short and crisp, full of subtle humour and witty repartees, the play is a great read. There is none other like Oscar Wilde and one has to experience him to really get the feel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Reis | 8/6/2011

    " Absolutely loved the wit and the fast pace of the story! Will definitely read more Oscar Wilde, he's a comedy genius. "

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

    " One of the most hilarious plays I've ever read. Oscar Wilde is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rana | 5/22/2011

    " Weirdly funny. And finished it in one sitting :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 5/18/2011

    " Funniest thing I've ever read. And the 2002 film adaptation is great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 5/11/2011

    " I bloody love this play. I laugh so hard every time I read it! Simply never gets old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samaa | 5/11/2011

    " Simple and witty. Oscar Wilde has the unique ability to tell a cynical truth in both an understated and funny manner! The play is filled with quotable lines : D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynley | 5/7/2011

    " I want to name my child Earnest now. Oscar Wilde has produced a stunningly clever, charmingly witty, and wonderfully funny story. Well worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 5/6/2011

    " This book was quite hilarious. The dry British humor added the right amount of subtlety to the very things Oscar Wilde was poking at such as the upper classes of society, marriage, and the church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 5/6/2011

    " This play was a quick and easy read. I like the light-hearted tone, and the easy way it poked fun at stereotypes. It was quite enjoyable, but not something particularly amazing. It was fun and hilarious while it lasted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/1/2011

    " Read this for a college drama class and enjoyed the comical aspects. At first I couldn't quite get a hold on the characters and who was who, but it got easier and more entertaining as I began to piece together the characters and situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skaditch | 5/1/2011

    " Very funny. You can see the origins of shows like " Three's Company" and the likes, although Ernest is far superior. This pay could be put on at any time, in any setting and still be timely. After all, identity thieves are everywhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timmy | 5/1/2011

    " Hilarity. Loved it. It is astounding when you read something this old that is still so relevant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/30/2011

    " Oscar Wilde is hilarious. The wit of the characters and the absurdity of the situations is really funny. I enjoyed the duality theme and the substance of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 4/29/2011

    " Read this for my AP brit. lit class and LOVED It. Clever and witty. "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his."

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/28/2011

    " Probably the best play of all time. "

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About the Author
Author Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin in 1854. He won scholarships to both Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by the radical aesthetics of Walter Pater. Flamboyant wit and man-about-town, Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. After publishing two volumes of short stories between 1887 and 1891, his social-comedy plays such as Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest established his critical and commercial success. In 1895 Wilde was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for homosexual conduct and died in Paris in obscurity a few years after his release.