The Importance of Being Earnest

Written by:
Oscar Wilde
Narrated by:
LibriVox Volunteers

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
168
Narrator
64
Release Date
January 2017
Duration
2 hours 18 minutes
Summary
The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic comedy of manners in which two flippant young men, in order to impress their respected beloveds, pretend that their names are “Ernest,” which both young ladies believe confers magical qualities on the possessor. It was first performed for the public on February 14, 1895 at the St. James’ Theatre in London, and is regarded by many critics and scholars as being the wittiest play in the English language. (Summary from Wikipedia.org)
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Anonymous

The play is funny. The recording is terrible. It sounds like each part was recorded by the actor and then they were stitched together. The volume and timbre changes with each character

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Anonymous

I love this play and have read it/seen it numerous times, but I couldn’t get past the opening scene in this narration.

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Anonymous

Didn’t like narration

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Anonymous

Story was clever enough, but needed readers with a better sense of timing and inflection to do it justice. Since this is a play, everything depends on the dialogue.

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Anonymous

Don’t bother … there are separate recordings- sounds awful

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Anonymous

A play I have known and seen many times completely ruined by the dreadful narration. That and the fact that for some reason none of the books will pay right through. I doubt I will bother listening to any more

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Anonymous

verrrrry goood

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Anonymous

was a good book and a good listen.

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Bill D.

silly story, ridiculous - i admit i laughed aloud a few times, light entertainment. Acting volunteers did an excellent job!

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Cindy F.

I love the wit. voice actors are excellent

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Tamara R.

Individually, the narrators are fine. It's the way it recorded and stitched together. Terrible. Couldn't do it.

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PapaWholeWheat

it was less if a book and more of a playwright. some of the voices had really bad mics but it was still a fun story with a good twist at the end.

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Jo B.

Awful. Couldn’t listen to it, so terrible.

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Anonymous

I stopped listening as soon as I realized it was a play. Im not a fan of listening to plays but if you are, you might give it a try

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Anonymous

the book could not keep my attention

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Liz C.

Too much accents, exaggerated drama and range in volume. The play seemed alright and I would listen to it with a more humorous narrator.

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Anonymous

not a book I felt moved to finish.

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Anonymous

My first Oscar Wilde book and this was absolutely genius with the right dash of sarcasm and humour

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PuzzlingPandora

The play itself is delightful. This recording, however, is very uneven in both volume and performance level.

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Patricia B.

verry funny. a lesson in being honesty.

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Ben V

Really funny play. Narration was with good effort but doesn’t sound like a professional recording

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Kate H

Some of the narrators were horrid.

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Dominika V

Not the greatest recording quality, but definitely a great story! Sure keeps you company on long drives.

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Cory A

Not the best recording but the play is great. funny.

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Holly H

One of my favourite audio books. Listened to it many times. All roles are narrated very well and very funny. Couldn't help laughing and mimicking the characters as I listen!

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Beverly S

Very entertaining and witty, one of my favorite plays.

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Kenzie Carlson

The male narrators were very good but the female narrators were unbearable to listen to, especially the women reading Cicily. I couldn't even make it all the way through. She sounded like a robot.

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