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The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) | [Oscar Wilde]

The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is the BBC radio drama centenary production of Oscar Wilde's classic play, starring Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles, and Martin Clunes.

Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance.

© and (P)1995 BBC

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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-26-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Funny and Classic"

    This is my preferred Audio version of "Importance". The cast is wonderful and, as usual, the BBC presents a performance to remember. Much fun!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" 09-04-11
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    "True laugh-out-loud material"

    One of the funniest plays ever written, performed by an incredible cast. This really did make me laugh out loud.

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    S New York, NY, United States 11-10-09
    S New York, NY, United States 11-10-09
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    "Wonderfully entertaining ear-candy"

    One of my favourites by Oscar Wilde... Is it possible to "hear" an arched eyebrow? Dame Judi Dench is infallible as Lady Bracknell: "To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." I never get tired of this!

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    Meg San Angelo, TX, USA 04-16-09
    Meg San Angelo, TX, USA 04-16-09
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    "So wonderful!"

    Well narrated and hilarious play; a great listen!

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    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 12-19-13
    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 12-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfection"

    This is the easiest review I've ever written.

    If you're going to read The Importance of Being Earnest this is the copy you want. The performance is incredibly delightful & there is no way you'll have the same experience simply reading the text. I have read the text & loved it but there really is no comparison. Short of seeing it performed at the theatre this is it.

    The story itself is a hilarious "romp", it keeps your attention 100% and is wonderfully amusing.

    I'm already looking forward to listening to this performance again.

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    Erica Smith Goose Creek, SC United States 10-15-13
    Erica Smith Goose Creek, SC United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Abridged!!!"
    Would you recommend The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this audiobook to someone who is interested in Oscar Wilde but incapable of grasping Victorian vernacular. Not only is this version abridged, words are rewritten to make it easier to understand for a twenty-first century American audience. Insulting. Part of the fun of reading, listening, seeing a play by Oscar Wilde is his wit with words. Changing them because someone might not understand undermines his work.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Some of the lines are emphasized incorrectly according to the script. Some of the actors are too old for their parts. Algy and Jack are performed superbly, as is Miss Prism and Cecily.


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    Moonglotexas South Africa 03-17-13
    Moonglotexas South Africa 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hysterical and preposterous ...great fun!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) to be better than the print version?

    Having enjoyed both, I do prefer the audible version with the different voices, it brings the story to life!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gwendoline is fabulously cheeky and ever so witty!


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

    Life and humour and fun!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh out loud, several times! Whilst the premise is ridiculous the playing out of the story is marvellous and the actors and great!


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    keynotes 04-24-10
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    "Fun listen"

    This book was enjoyable and funny. Rather a dry wit but made me smile throughout the book. Would recommend it who enjoys humorous banter.

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    "I could never marry a man called Earnest!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

    I have to admit I did not know the story yet (I know, shamefull) but I've been steadily updating my classic repertoire. I did not expect it to be sooooo so funny!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything, the satire from the story, the clever twists, the originality and definitly the great performance by Judi Dench and Martin Clunes especially.


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

    The two men, Algernon and Jack/John (both of the Earnests) because they are both so clueless!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitly, it was just so enjoyable! I am looking out for more Oscar Wilde stories now. And will certainly listen to this book again!


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