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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (94,961 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: John Gielgud, Pamela Brown Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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Oscar Wilde's most popular and enduring play is set in Victorian England and concerns characters who maintain false identities in order to escape their social obligations. The play, which satirises Victorian society, is full of wit and humour.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 2/12/2014

    " saw the movie, loved it...saw the play,loved it and then read the book and loved it too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi | 1/29/2014

    " I have read this play as well as watched the version starring Dame Edith at least three time each, and I still giggle wildly whenever the two main characters discuss "bunburying." I read the play the second time through the filter of Queer Theory, which made it far more interesting than it had been the first time. This play was written during a time when homosexuality was considered to be a mental illness, or an immature phase that men sometimes went through on thwir way to being adults. They were often expected to "cure" their sexual preference with heterosexual marriage. Think about that on your next read-through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dexter/Persy | 1/28/2014

    " Oscar Wilde's wit is brilliant and unmatched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darnell J. | 1/22/2014

    " This audiobook made laughing contagious for 1hr and 58 minutes. Details to come... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cally | 1/19/2014

    " Amazing. What Oscar Wilde does with language makes me want to weep with inadequacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/18/2014

    " 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 Cherie | 1/7/2014

    " A fun quick read. Very witty and humourous :) "

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

    " hilarious and light compared to much of 19th century literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lela | 12/30/2013

    " It's just too much fun! "

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

    " I love this play. The dialogue is witty and fast paced. It is a delight to read - and even more delightful to watch on stage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimbie | 11/19/2013

    " I absolutely adored this play! The battle of wits is what keeps you reading. I found much pleasure in the way the different characters would speak to each other. Even though this play is over a century old, the silliness had endless sides of humor which I'm sure people would appreciate of. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jac | 10/31/2013

    " broke my heart that he plagiarized a lot of it. the result is remarkable. notice how all the characters seem to speak with the same voice. (earnest was code for gay) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 10/29/2013

    " A deeply witty and borderline absurd tale, and my first genuine exposure to Wilde. I will be reading more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Smith | 10/9/2013

    " Just about everything has been said about this play-fourth read for me-it is simply brilliant-not much more to say I suppose "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mario Saverino | 10/4/2013

    " Thanks Oscar, I needed a good laugh, even though I was confused most of the time. Great fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xdyj | 9/24/2013

    " A lot of clever lines & nice sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LJ Goettsch | 8/25/2013

    " short, hilarious, and to the point. my kind of story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 8/5/2013

    " Outstanding. Timeless humor and wisdom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cobie | 5/17/2013

    " Loved it. So quick with the witty comebacks & comments. Really fun to read ... I kept reading lady braknall as Judy dench :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen Rodríguez | 12/15/2012

    " i loved this play!!! #VictorianEra #Bunbury #Gwendolen #Cecily #London #Comedy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lilylis | 12/5/2012

    " The Importance of Being Earnest is a very humorous social commentary! Wilde incorporates humor to every truth.Love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Shumaker | 10/24/2012

    " Loved the wit and the humor! Reading it then watching the Colin Firth film was hysterical. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 5/15/2012

    " I generally find it dull to read plays. You lose so much of the human interaction and personal interpretation that they become flat, just words on paper. Wilde has such a special talent, however, that the Importance of Being Earnest remains a delightful quick read despite its format. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Maloney | 5/2/2012

    " I don't usually "lol" during a book. It's always been more of an internal giggle. This book actually had me LOLing. I wish I could give it six starts. Wilde never disappoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theodore | 12/2/2011

    " Simply amazingly funny! My English just isn't good enough to describe such a book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca (everyday reader) | 11/1/2011

    " A tale of mistaken identities, class differences, naivete, and some superior English snobs. Good read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rashada | 8/20/2011

    " It's a brilliantly witty play. I would certainly love to see a performance of this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 6/22/2011

    " Oscar Wilde truly is the master of witty banter. Loved it. "

  • 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 Julie | 5/21/2011

    " Simply a fun, satirical, quick read. It's an enjoyable piece to go back to time and again. "

  • 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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About the Author
Author Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin. 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.