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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (94,640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: John Gielgud and Edith Evans Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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This is one of the great recordings of a great play. John Gielgud stars as Earnest and Edith Evans gives her indomitable performance as Lady Bracknell in this classic radio recording from 1951.

Performance styles may have changed, but this is an unmatched production bearing all the hallmarks of outstanding audio drama featuring some of the finest actors of the 20th century.

Also included are two collections of poetry readings by John Gielgud and Edith Evans.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keru Faye | 2/10/2014

    " I freaking love Oscar Wilde. That is all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Stone | 1/29/2014

    " This is a highly amusing play to read but it is even better when heard read aloud, on the stage or dramatised on television or film. It is chock full of witty one liners including the famous handbag scene and countless of other very, witty, barbed lines of dialogue from the master of the form that was Oscar Wilde. I was quite good to read but it is entirely another thing to see it acted out. I have only really seen the film version with Rupert Everett and Colin Firth but and was one of the funniest films that I have ever seen. I would love to one day see the play in the medium that it was created for as I imagine that would be a very enjoyable experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Broderick | 1/22/2014

    " extremely delightful book and a great Christmas gift! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krishna Kumar | 1/11/2014

    " A good play. I chose this play while thinking to read hamlet. .Loved this play. It is rare to read plays as thoughtful as Merchant of Venice, As humorous as Midsummer Night's dream, as dramatic as Julius Caesar and as romantic as Romeo and Juliet, but witty writing in this play too can be compared to Sakespeare's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Horn | 1/11/2014

    " Very humorous play. Its a nice quick read. Fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keara Dougherty | 12/7/2013

    " So much funnier (and more pun-ny!) than expected. Excellent work with great entertainment value. Would read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Lewis | 11/28/2013

    " This is my favorite play. Witty, clever and hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 11/13/2013

    " My favorite wit and writer. Gotta periodically reread Wilde for that Oscar fix. Need I say more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Nelson | 10/30/2013

    " A truly enjoyable play! I found myself at several points laughing audibly. The absurdity of the characters' actions and dialogue is hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/24/2013

    " This book was so fun...I laughed the whole time. The humor is so quick and clever. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billy | 10/16/2013

    " Simple at first reading, light and comical. I expect that if you're studying it a lot of insightful points could be made. A nice play to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Luppino | 10/9/2013

    " It is full of clever one liners. I love this story and have for years! It was nice to actually read it this time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 10/7/2013

    " So well written and even just reading the words of the page you could see the play in your head. Not to mention that it gave everyone yet another excuse to get out of something. Good ol' Bunbury. Still my favorite piece of satire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesa | 10/5/2013

    " This book made me laugh out loud, very witty and clever. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 6/19/2013

    " I love this book. It is so delightfully witty and smart. Masterpiece. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aly | 4/8/2013

    " I had to read this in class, and found it to be an odd story. Somewhat amusing but kind of ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nesma Fahmy | 3/20/2013

    " 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 Julie Burtinshaw | 2/26/2013

    " Having a kindle has forced met to reread the classics, because they are free downloads and I'm loving it. This play, currently at the Stanley Theatre in Vancouver, is a good, quick and entertaining read full of satire and quotable quotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Elden lucash | 9/20/2012

    " My absolute favorite play of all time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mikey k | 8/10/2012

    " a light and witty read that was easy to finish and high amusing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta | 6/2/2012

    " If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Knight | 4/24/2012

    " 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 Jon Johnson | 2/16/2012

    " Really, how can one not love this play? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 1/31/2012

    " Delightfully "wicked" and witty. Read it on a plane and found myself laughing out loud and then looking around to see who was watching. Loved every line... Oscar Wilde was a cynical hilarious genius :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Santi | 8/26/2011

    " Just amazing. Can't believe this kind of humorous and sacarstic type of writting was made so long ago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toom | 8/5/2011

    " Felt like such a refreshment. Quite amusing and funny! Exceeded my expectations. More Wilde to come. "

  • 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.