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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: February 2010 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 Jordi | 5/14/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 2/25/2013

    " An old British play which introduces us to a great character, Mrs. Malaprop. Sheridan is a master at language and wordplay. This could have been a screwball comedy from the 30's or 40's/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 11/25/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Risa | 5/21/2012

    " Rivals (New Mermaid Series) by Richard Sheridan (1980) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jake B | 2/14/2012

    " A humourous play, enjoyed it more than I thought I would. More appreciated when performed than read though, like most plays. Very interesting and enlightening ponderings of love, especially through the character of Faulkland and his relationship with Julia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khaled | 11/29/2011

    " A hilarious comedy poking fun at C18th aristocratic society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/14/2011

    " 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 Heather | 10/9/2011

    " Read it in high school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Canann | 8/11/2011

    " 1775 Also found in "Eighteenth-Century Plays" paperback by Ricardo Quintana "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Grimaud | 3/7/2011

    " Great play! Listen to a good audio. Find out where "malapropism" comes from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scroutch | 2/15/2011

    " Better than "the school for scandal," in my opinion. Still, just another restoration comedy piece. But a pretty good one anyways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 2/11/2011

    " A humourous play, enjoyed it more than I thought I would. More appreciated when performed than read though, like most plays. Very interesting and enlightening ponderings of love, especially through the character of Faulkland and his relationship with Julia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/8/2011

    " 1775 Also found in "Eighteenth-Century Plays" paperback by Ricardo Quintana "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/1/2009

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scroutch | 6/28/2008

    " Better than "the school for scandal," in my opinion. Still, just another restoration comedy piece. But a pretty good one anyways. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jordi | 3/10/2008

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

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