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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781455852925
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 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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About the Author
Author Richard Brinsley SheridanIn need of funds, Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) turned to the only craft that could gain him the remuneration he desired in a short time: he began writing a play. He had over the years written and published essays and poems, and among his papers were humorous unfinished plays, essays and political tracts, but never had he undertaken such an ambitious project as this. In a short time, however, he completed The Rivals. He was 23 years old.