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The Importance of Being Earnest | [Oscar Wilde]

The Importance of Being Earnest

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Glutenfreegirl 11-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Delilghtful Parody of Victorian Life"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the actors were good and the play was performed quite well. If you like the movie, you will enjoy this full cast audio production.


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    L. B. Simons-Lane Miami, Fl 10-06-14
    L. B. Simons-Lane Miami, Fl 10-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wilde has a brilliant way with words!"
    If you could sum up The Importance of Being Earnest in three words, what would they be?

    Society is ridiculous.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Importance of Being Earnest?

    The twist ending was so absurd it was wonderful.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I love James Marsters so it would have to be Jack Worthing.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this production of The Importance of being Earnest. I had forgotten how brilliant Wilde is at playing with language.

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    J. Woods Madison 09-24-14
    J. Woods Madison 09-24-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Utter absurdity and profound hilarity"

    Oh my goodness. This performance is all of the things that this play deserves. The recording quality is top-notch and the interpretation of the absurd wit is excellent.

    The plot contains all the usual Victorian tropes: Instant love, mistaken identity, misunderstandings, and a misplaced handbag.

    I will be listening to this one again and again, whenever I need a break from the unfunny absurdity of life.

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    satya 09-10-14
    satya 09-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "That was amazing"

    I did not know it was that funny. The performance, the story the wit, everything about this production is great. Just buy it

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    Diana 09-09-14
    Diana 09-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable - especially liked discussion afterward"

    This was fun to listen to, but what was great too was the discussion afterward with the Professor of Theater who discussed Oscar Wilde, his work, his life, and how this play fit with society and people's ideas in that era.

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    Eleanor 08-12-14
    Eleanor 08-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well acted and very funny!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Importance of Being Earnest the most enjoyable?

    The actors were wonderful, especially James Marsters! I could really imagine myself in that theater.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing it acted out makes it so much funnier. While it is very funny to read there is something spectacular about hearing it acted out.


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    sandra r whiting 07-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I found this hard to listen too. Which surprised me because of course I know that Oscar Wilde is a huge artist.......Oh well to each is own I guess


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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 06-18-14
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining Play"

    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.

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    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-24-14
    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    What disappointed you about The Importance of Being Earnest?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Oscar Wilde’s story?

    It was slap-stick- that's not really disappointing because i didn't know much about the story before i started it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Importance of Being Earnest?

    the proposals


    Any additional comments?

    not really worth the time for me. i guess it could be worthwhile to someone. i was expecting better.

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    Dillon TURLOCK, CA, United States 05-23-14
    Dillon TURLOCK, CA, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I listened to it over and over"
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    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.

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