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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (95,041 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, Neil Dickson, Jill Gascoine, Christopher Neame, Matthew Wolf Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, that name which inspires absolute confidence.

Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

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

    " Although I usually don't like to read plays, I really enjoyed reading this tongue-in-cheek farce. I think it is even better than "An Ideal Husband" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney Young | 2/4/2014

    " Laugh out loud funny. And, I loved hearing some of the history of Wilde's writing of this important theater work. I'm telling you, if you have to wash windows, a cheery little audio performance like this makes it all grand. "

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

    " One of the finest pieces of writing in the English language. Work like this will never age. Wilde was a true genius. I have read this play so many times and each time I do so it just gets better. Written work only beaten by seeing it performed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun Tan | 1/19/2014

    " The importance of being Algernon: unlimited cucumber sandwiches and muffins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maisie | 1/14/2014

    " An elaborate farce. Really funny at times and its a play that is so trivial that I just laughed at how stupidly funny the characters were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mario Saverino | 1/4/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 1/1/2014

    " Short and to the point. Anything more would be superfluous in this clever satire on Victorian aristocracy. Bravo Mr. Wilde. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 1/1/2014

    " Amazing of course. So clever and funny. Everyone should read Oscar Wilde. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry Aslett | 12/2/2013

    " Really enjoyed the wordplay and Oscar Wilde's clever delivering of cynicism with a dash of humour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 11/30/2013

    " Entertaining, one for those down days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belle Nicole | 11/4/2013

    " So clever. Wonderful lines. So funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tash | 10/12/2013

    " Oh Oscar Wilde, why must you be so brilliant at dramatic irony? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kacy | 10/6/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Maloney | 9/14/2013

    " 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 Tyler | 9/14/2013

    " This is once of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon | 8/27/2013

    " Oh god I listened to a reading of it and it wasn't even that good of a reading, but it had me laughing the entire time. Great stuff. Favorite of mine now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine | 8/27/2013

    " Wilde has a way of capturing his reader.. I love that in a author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LJ Goettsch | 6/19/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alysia | 4/7/2013

    " This is not an audiobook but the audio from the stage play. I am glad I got to hear it. The story is very cute and reminds me of As You Like It by William Shakespeare. A book I Love! I am going to make it a point to go see this one. The cover needs work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/22/2013

    " Super good play! Much better than the picture of Dorian gray. It was funny and took me about an hour to read. Worth it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel | 10/2/2012

    " Nice, short, romantic, and humorous play :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 9/2/2012

    " Easy read, few moral lessons, but ultimately a brilliantly humorous piece of literature by one of the greatest playwrights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samara | 4/15/2012

    " Well-written, engaging, hilarious. I've even used the names Jack and Algernon for my pets! This will always be one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 3/26/2012

    " this is one of my most favorite plays. Have seen it several times, including the musical "Earnest in Love". Love reading it too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Williams | 2/25/2012

    " Worth reading just because it's so hysterical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Luna Salazar | 2/19/2012

    " Witty, sophisticated, fun! Everyone should read this at least once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 11/8/2011

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arunachalam Bharathi | 9/8/2011

    " winsome, wild and witty.. great read "

  • 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.