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The Importance of Being Earnest

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2 Hours 18 Minutes


January 2017

Audio Book 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

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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

    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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  • 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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