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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,421 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Roger Rees, Eric Stoltz, Joanna Going and Miriam Margolyes Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2001 ISBN:
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A lord, his wife, her admirer and an infamous blackmailer converge in the irreverent satire that launched Wilde's succession of classic social comedies. This delicious comic feast serves up a scandal about good girls, bad husbands and hilarious hypocrisy - utterly contemporary and divinely funny. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 2/17/2014

    " I really like Oscar Wilde. Although this play is very silly it does have some really great quotes which is one of the main reasons why I pay attention to his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary-Beth | 2/8/2014

    " I didn't like this one as much because it was more serious and moralizing. It was one of those plays in which a series of unfortunate events begins because of one misunderstanding. Often these are amusing, but in this case the misunderstanding was more tragic than I am accustomed to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 2/2/2014

    " Great writing, great storyline and very enjoyable. I hope that some day I can see this play in person as I know it has got to be very entertaining. Highly recommended to those that enjoy plays that take place in the Victorian era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 serena | 1/31/2014

    " and all wilde, really "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antonia | 1/27/2014

    " Actually found this book for free on my iphone app for books and it's a play so it was a quick read. It was suprisingly engaging and I learned Oscar Wilde was a flamboyant homosexual afterwards. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 S. | 1/27/2014

    " Perhaps my rating will change after I watch the movie? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 1/23/2014

    " And again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilona | 1/21/2014

    " This is the second play by Oscar Wilde I've read and now I can say that this is the very genre which reveals his talent most clearly. Again A lot of puns and paradoxes (which Oscar Wilde is famous for by the way) and nearly each line is worth citing. Simply perfect.As for the peculiarities of this very lay fist of all I should point out the plot. The events are arranged in a very curious way and i must confess I never could guess while reading what would happen next, to say nothing of the end of the play. Now I'm really anxious to see this work on the stage because I'm sure that in theatrical atmosphere and performed by good actors it is going to be even more exiting.The other peculiar point about Lady Windermere's Fan is the characters. And this peculiarity is closely connection with the main idea which on my opinion was put by the author in the very beginning:"Nowadays so many conceited people go about Society pretending to be good, that I think it shows rather a sweet and modest disposition to pretend to be bad." And indeed this is the only work by Oscar Wilde, where most of the characters turn to be better in the end that one thought of them in the beginning.(view spoiler)[Think yourself - Lord Windermere appeared not to have deceived his wife, Mrs. Erlynne found out that she "had a heart" after all and sacrificed her reputation for the sake of lady Windermere (which probably was the most generous deed in her entire life), Lord Darlington was sincerely in love and only poor Lady Windermere was on the edge of committing the silliest action she's ever done (but thanks God and Mrs. Erlynne she hasn't done it after all). (hide spoiler)]So I believe by this play the author tried to show us that you mustn't be prejudiced about anybody no matter what other people say about this person. Lady Windermere having never seen MRs. Erlynne made an impression about her from the words of the main gossiper of the city and a piece of paper with figures and Mrs. Erlynne's name on it. She never spoke to Lord Windermere or Mrs. Erlynne herself about it. No wonder this impression wasn't the best one. Thus as the events following the ones mentioned above show, you should believe only your own experience and your own feelings and before making a judgment about somebody take pains at least to speak to this man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asilem | 1/19/2014

    " fuiste una lectura agradable de media hora!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/15/2014

    " And here we have another example of the absolute perfection of Oscar Wilde. The language is so incredibly gorgeous and clever and vibrant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheyenne | 12/26/2013

    " There was really nothing wrong with this play except for the fact that nothing really happened. The story was ok the as well as the story. To me any type of literature that makes you think or that you really enjoy reading is good literature. This piece did neither. It was exceptionally mediocre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/25/2013

    " This is the source of a few famous quotations. It was funny to run across them while reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/23/2013

    " The first play of Wilde's I ever read and it was very enjoyable. Typical Wilde take on upper class Victorian society especially the relationships between men and women with immense wit and subtle criticism. Fans of Wilde and those with a drama/theatre interest will enjoy :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolin | 11/20/2013

    " short story. not as good as oscar's fairy tales. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 11/12/2013

    " I loved this. Super quick read. The audio version from audible was a wonderful performance vs a flat reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/22/2013

    " Entertaining, but not nearly as good ad Oscar Wilde's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 12/23/2012

    " Well,this was really one of those plays that I didn't like at all at first. but as it went on, it got better and better.I really liked the ending. couldn't have ended in a better way. but still, I didn't like the weak character of the female protagonist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 6/9/2012

    " Most entertaining, and so cleverly written. He's various usage of satire, irony and comedy all together, disguises his true opinions of society in such a creative manner, that it is hard not NOT love his works! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 3/17/2012

    " Amazing. Likable characters, interesting plot, flawless dialogue that at times was laugh out loud, at times touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simba | 12/20/2011

    " God bless Oscar Wilde. Has anyone contributed as much to the conversation of otherwise dull people? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle Devillier | 8/3/2011

    " I saw the movie based on this story, which lead me to read the play. And now, I want to read more Oscar Wilde! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marwan Asmar | 7/18/2011

    " Good, Wilde does it again. Nice twist to the play for it shows there is more than meets the eye and we as a society are always to quick to judge and draw scenarios "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckyd | 6/11/2011

    " read it because I was a little bit depressed and usually you can count on dear Oscar to cheer you up. And I must say I was not disappointed, just really enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 5/21/2011

    " Most entertaining, and so cleverly written. He's various usage of satire, irony and comedy all together, disguises his true opinions of society in such a creative manner, that it is hard not NOT love his works! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shailah | 5/19/2011

    " The satire on Victorian culture was rather lost to me, I'm afraid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice | 5/6/2011

    " I suppose this is a good play but I'm left feeling kind of cold. Not sure what the point was. Yes, there is good in bad people and bad in good? We shouldn't judge?
    I feel as though I'm missing something. Maybe there is greatness in this play? Maybe I'll reserve judgment for awhile! ;-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asyoulikeit | 5/1/2011

    " if you like it then read olso 'The Mother's Recompense' by Edith Wharton "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moreau | 4/30/2011

    " if you like it, read also 'The Mother's Recompense' by Edith Wharton "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/24/2011

    " This is my all-time favorite play and, possibly, my favorite piece of literature. Oscar Wilde is a comic genius. Lady Windermere's Fan is laugh-out-loud funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/11/2011

    " Looking forward to seeing SICP perform this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/21/2011

    " Oscar Wilde doesn't disappoint. He gives you enough plot, enough oohs and aahs, and some great aphorisms thrown in for good measure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antonia | 12/27/2010

    " Actually found this book for free on my iphone app for books and it's a play so it was a quick read. It was suprisingly engaging and I learned Oscar Wilde was a flamboyant homosexual afterwards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/12/2010

    " The illustrious Mrs Erlynne sacrifices herself to rescue a lady from seduction, scandal and the gutter. Oscar Wilde's tale stars Joely Richardson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/6/2010

    " Of course telling the truth would be way too easy...not to mention abbreviating the play considerably :-) and depriving us of much Wilde wit. I had no idea that some of those well-known quotations are from this play.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 10/5/2010

    " Somewhat of a contrived read, would have been lovely to see as a play though, I'm sure. "

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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.