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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: Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles, and Martin Clunes Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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Here is the BBC radio drama centenary production of Oscar Wilde's classic play, starring Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles, and Martin Clunes.

Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance. 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 Cameo | 2/4/2014

    " What a great play- but it was far too short! Oscar Wilde lives up to his reputation with this story- it was witty, clever, amusing, and never boring. This should be a book read by everyone at least once in their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiera | 2/1/2014

    " 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 Matt Salazar | 1/29/2014

    " Who else but Oscar? A classic of epic proportions. "

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

    " This was such a great play. So fun and quite hilarious. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/15/2014

    " I found the ending funny but a bit predictable. I still liked it a lot and found Earnest's character appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 1/11/2014

    " This is one of my favorite plays and I love the movie too! Oscar Wilde was a very funny person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kacy | 12/16/2013

    " Very cute quick read and will induce quizzical faces and great laughs :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vikki | 12/11/2013

    " I think I'd probably like this more a little bit more if I saw it acted, rather than just reading it, but I just found that very little happened and what did happen, I didn't care about all that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 4/28/2013

    " The incomparable wit of Oscar Wilde .... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 4/19/2013

    " We read this in class this week and I absolutely loved it, a classic "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ira Martina | 4/8/2013

    " This was my second read and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Knight | 1/20/2013

    " One of the funniest stories I've ever read- I quote it all of the time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 10/17/2012

    " Always one of the most pleasurable plays to read of an afternoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Jackson | 6/28/2012

    " This is timeless for me! I love a book that can make me laugh and this book has always done so, no matter how many times I have read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 12/26/2011

    " One of the funniest play ever. Well-written and so hyserical. Oscar Wilde sure knew how to entertain readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen Rodríguez | 12/25/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brownie | 10/7/2011

    " One of the few books that actually made me laugh out loud! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 9/17/2011

    " My favourite work of Wilde's. Funny, thought provoking, good characters and a feel good ending. A high reccomendation :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aarthi Rajaraman | 7/22/2011

    " Oscar Wilde at this best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 6/15/2011

    " This is such a great play. My favorite character is of course the divorced woman who looks so much younger and happier as a result. "

  • 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 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.