This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence."
Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.
©2009 L.A. Theatre Works; (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works
Although I've seen the movie, I'd never read - or listened to - the original play, so I was excited when I came across this audiobook performance on Audible. It didn't disappoint. I loved the story of mistaken identities, long-lost family and rich people's shenanigans, and the characters were all charming and endearing in their own way. The language is obviously gorgeous and witty, and it was brilliantly delivered by the actors in this edition. It all flowed really well and was just a delight to listen to.
I enjoyed the way this was presented on Audible; it included the audience laughing and the applause, and the various actors narrating the characters made me feel like I was at the play. As far as the content of the play, I thought it was excellent. I liked the story line and laughed throughout. I thought this was highly entertaining and well done.
It was just silly, which i get is its intention and there are finer artistic notes and use of language and pun to make thoughtful remarks on the society of its time. But generally, i think this work would be better appreciated in print.
It was slap-stick- that's not really disappointing because i didn't know much about the story before i started it.
Maybe a different cast, the switching of names back and forth lends itself to multiple narrators. a single narrator would likely have a tough time differentiating between each speaker.
not really worth the time for me. i guess it could be worthwhile to someone. i was expecting better.
I always imagined Oscar Wilde as being a very serious writer. However there were several instances in this play were I couldn't breathe because I was laughing to hard. I've made everyone I know listen to it and everyone has thanked me for the experience. I definitely recommend this for you.
I really enjoyed this performance. Because it is a play, it was performed with different actors for each character. Loved it!
A wannabe riot.
Interesting story, funny characters, and timeless, witty one-liners that had me laughing out loud made this very short play an enjoyable book to experience, particularly as an audiobook. Will be checking out Wilde's other works asap!
The actors were able to convey multiple meanings to the words they spoke through intonation, phrasing, etc. I listened to the performance at least 3 times and noticed more details each time. The interview with the director at the end of the book added perspective to the play.
I really liked Earnest/Jack because his voicing was very distinctive for each of the charactarizations.
Earnest/Jack was my favorite male character performer and Cecily was my favorite female character.
This book was extremely funny. I laughed while listening to the book, and still smile when I recall some of the dialog.
Fantastic on multiple levels--great language, great performances, great listen.
The fast pace was great. Made you feel as though you were blindfolded, but inside the theatre.
The role of Gwendolyn
Not sure, but early in the play - during the proposal
Neither, but you certainly will chuckle.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
This dramatization is excellently done and hilarious! Why not get this classic? The 15 minutes of commentary at the end was worth a lot also. It enlightened the play. It was easily listened to at 1.5X speed. Hope this helps. Later.
Wilde was devastatingly witty, and this production and the "vocal acting" bring out the best in this play. An endearing play enlivened by an engaging cast. Just the thing to listen to on a long night flight to England.
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