Title: The Importance of Being Earnest
Author: Oscar Wilde
Narrators: Emily Bergl, Charles Busch, Neil Dickson, Jill Gascoine, James Marsters, Christopher Neame, Matthew Wolf
Audiobook Length: 1 hour 59 minutes
Genre: Classics, Fiction
Origins: Mine. All mine.
Bottom Line: An absolutely hilarious confirmation of why Oscar Wilde is one of the best wits English-speaking countries have ever seen.
“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.’”
Thoughts: The live performance of Oscar Wilde’s last play is charming, funny, and epitomizes Wilde’s sharp wit and hilarious social commentary for which he was famous. The one-liners flow non-stop, making the play filled with constant laughs. More importantly, the entire cast is superb, and the easy banter of each interchange is made particularly effective by their apparent camaraderie – which is surprisingly apparent on the audio. Even better, the earnestness with which each person delivers his or her lines only highlights the satirical dialogue. The entire experience is completely wonderful, so much so that I want to listen to it repeatedly.