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Extended Audio Sample The Rivals (Unabridged), 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: Edith Evans Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A comedy of manners in five acts, The Rivals was Sheridan's second commercially produced play.

The play is set in Bath in the 18th century, a town legendary for conspicuous consumption and fashion at the time. Wealthy, fashionable people went there to take the waters, which were believed to have healing properties. Bath was much less exclusive than London, and provides an ideal setting for the characters.

The plot centres around the two young lovers, Lydia and Jack. Lydia, who reads a lot of popular novels of the time, wants a purely romantic love affair. To court her, Jack pretends to be Ensign Beverley, a poor officer. Lydia is enthralled with the idea of eloping with a poor soldier in spite of her guardian, Mrs. Malaprop, a moralistic widow.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 12/27/2013

    " I loved this classic, the sarcasm and irony. If you like at all Shakespeare or The Importance Of Being Earnest you should read this book, it's funny, very amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 10/19/2013

    " I enjoyed Sheridan's sprightly wit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Victoria | 10/7/2013

    " Such a delightful play. Laughed, but also learned some valuable lessions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jordi | 5/14/2013

    " I think I need to re-read this. "

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