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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: Greg Wise, Miriam Margolyes, and full cast Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN:
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Jack Worthington has invented a rakish brother, Ernest, who calls Jack away from family duties and gives him an excuse to travel to London. Similarly, Algernon Moncrieff has created the persona of Bunbury, an invalid friend, who periodically requires his services in the country. Both young men cleverly use their invented alter egos to disguise their misdemeanors until Jack discovers that Algernon has been impersonating Ernest, to woo Jack's young ward, Cicely. To make things just a bit more complicated, Algernon's cousin Gwendolyn loves Jack, but thinks Jack's name is Ernest. This enduring comedy of manners rises on a farcical crescendo until true identies are revealed and both couples end up happily united. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Santi | 2/20/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xdyj | 2/18/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aarthi Rajaraman | 2/15/2014

    " Oscar Wilde at this best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/13/2014

    " I read this from my computer at work and could often be heard giggling. I truly had no idea how it was going to end, right up until it did. Highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsty | 2/7/2014

    " Read this is one sitting on the train last night and couldn't stop myself laughing out loud. A brilliant, hilarious play I'll definitley need to see performed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent Russo | 1/30/2014

    " Wilde's literary finesse and social humor shines through wonderfully in this book. Despite the time period of writing, this text is still surprisingly relevant and incredibly funny. There's not much that can be said without spoiling the premise, so I'll suffice it to say that if you're a fan of Wilde's other work, this play will certainly please. It was a very quick and enjoyable read, with many twists and surprises along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nayram | 1/26/2014

    " BRILLIANT SATIRE AND FARCE! i love this play! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 1/18/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 1/13/2014

    " what a perfect name and of course it was on purpose . this was a good and funny book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy Kanas | 1/11/2014

    " Words can't express how funny, witty, and truthful this play is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gurpreet kaur | 1/9/2014

    " Short and crisp, full of subtle humour and witty repartees, the play is a great read. There is none other like Oscar Wilde and one has to experience him to really get the feel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Creighton | 1/5/2014

    " A fun and intelligent read--and a comical satire at that. It's best when experienced on stage, but still a 'good read' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Lueck | 12/2/2013

    " Re-read this to teach it. I adored it in high school, and know that my students will adore it, as well. Light and fun, witty and charming .... Not sure of its depth yet, though. Language? words? the meaning we give them? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha Celis | 11/21/2013

    " I adore this play. The writing is simply spectacular. A truly perfect, witty, poetic, charming and poignant piece of work. I read this in one sitting and except to read it many, many more times over my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 10/27/2013

    " Laugh, laugh, laugh and enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katerina Mezhekova | 10/26/2013

    " I always want to learn every sentence by heart when I read Oscar Wilde. Re-reading his plays is a constant pleasure. With impeccable irony & stunning paradoxes, Wilde treats language like a delicious dessert, prepared to dissolve in your mouth & stay on your mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 10/25/2013

    " I love this so much. It just drips with wit and amusement. It always makes me laugh. I really enjoyed this Librivox recording. It was different to hear it out loud instead of reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LC | 10/19/2013

    " Short and sweet. Oscar Wilde is ingenious getting his message across through this short play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 5/21/2013

    " 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 Cobie | 11/27/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Harris | 11/11/2012

    " Another funny and frothy drama that plays upon the lies people weave about themselves and others. It all untangles brilliantly at the end, and is entertaining to watch and read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shubhangi | 8/11/2012

    " story was kind of Ok but Wilde's writing style is exceptional "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alleytia Bennett | 10/12/2011

    " Reading this out loud with others was just fantastic. Oscar Wilde's addictive wit and cheek draw you into the persona of all these characters, hyperbolic though the portrayals may be. The convoluted plot, charming era and satire all make this well worth anyone's time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Torben | 7/30/2011

    " Was soll ich schreiben? Oscar Wilde! "

  • 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 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.