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Extended Audio Sample The Rivals: A Radio Dramatization, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (578 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Narrator: The Colonial Radio Player Publisher: The Colonial Radio Theatre on Brilliance Audio Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Rivals has been delighting audiences since its very first presentation at London's Covent Garden Theatre on January 17th, 1775.

The idealistic Lydia Languish, reads nothing but romantic novels, and in doing so, believes she can only find true love in the arms of a man without wealth. Captain Jack Absolute has fallen in love with her, and pretends to be a penniless ensign to win her heart. Coming between these two lovers are some of the most extraordinary comic characters ever to grace a stage; the autocratic Sir Anthony Absolute, the misspeaking Mrs. Malaprop, the fiery Irishman from Clod hall - Sir Lucius O'Trigger; and poor Bob Acres, a country squire who finds himself with a dueling pistol in his hand. One of the funniest late-Restoration comedies, The Rivals has spanned the centuries, and will continue to do so.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/9/2014

    " Was a decent book, but kind of long. The play was substantially better than the book because there you could really see the comedy in a way you just can't when reading. Mrs. Malaprop was by far my favorite, and Lucy really got under my skin sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather | 11/25/2013

    " Read it in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 11/16/2013

    " I enjoyed Sheridan's sprightly wit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rob | 9/17/2013

    " One of the few plays I know of that is as good to read as it is to see performed (the other that comes to mind is Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest) Sheridan is witty, and some, if not all, of the jokes, especially the running gag of Mrs. Malaprop, are almost better grasped when read. "

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About the Narrator

The Colonial Radio Players is a radio drama production company based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Officially established in 1995 by Jerry Robbins and Mark Vander Berg, they have won numerous awards, including Parents’ Choice Awards, Ogle Award, Mark Time Award, and Audie Award finalist. They have collaborated with such authors as Ray Bradbury, William Luce, and Walter Koenig.