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"Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman" is a four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde, first produced 22 February 1892 at the St James's Theatre in London. The play was first published in 1893. Like many of Wilde's comedies, it bitingly satirizes the morals of Victorian society, particularly marriage. The story concerns Lady Windermere, who discovers that her husband may be having an affair with another woman. She confronts her husband but he instead invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to his wife's birthday ball.

Angered by her husband's unfaithfulness, Lady Windermere leaves her husband for another lover. Or does she? Is it really possible to trust delicious gossip? Are all men really bad? These and many other questions are raised and if not answered, then held up for public scrutiny in this biting satire of morals and proper behavior. The best known line of the play sums up the central theme:

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
-- Lord Darlington

©public domain (P)2018 Golden Deer Classics

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Frightful production of a good play!

After only 10 nerve-cringing minutes listening and trying to find a reason to keep this version of a well-written and entertaining play, I had to stop listening to this production. The reasons include not only an uneven, nasal narration with a whiny American accent (and I'm American) but the play is recited with stage directions, descriptions of the characters' actions and a sing-song effect back and forth overall. I usually listen to the Audible Sample, but this time I trusted that it would be up to par having just listened to other Oscar Wilde recordings that were done very well. Now I know better. This particular version MIGHT please other listeners, but I recommend that they listen to the sample Audible provides before hitting the Purchase button.

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buy this if you want someone to read you a script

Terrible performance! I have listened to many plays done as audiobooks before but they usually don't include things like exit stage right enter stage left. choose a version that has an actual performance