By

Read By

Jonathan Coy, Janie Dee, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stephen Fry, Tom Glynn Carney, Paterson Joseph, Gwilym Lee, Lyndsey Marshall

Length

1 hr and 56 mins

Audiobook Review

The Importance of Being Earnest

Genre(s)

Oscar Wilde

Overall
Performance

Peak Wilde, which is to say brilliant.

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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The genius of Wilde is on full display right here. In 2006, scientists created the sharpest object known to man - a needle that tapers to a thickness of one atom. That has nothing on the pinpoint blade of Wilde's wit. His observations, his scathing swipes, his quips, are sheer genius, deliver a slashing commentary on high society at the time. Every other line is a mic drop, quotable gem.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

There are numerous productions of this fantastic play in audiobook format. The latest from Audible stars none other than Stephen Fry. The acting and voices are flawless, but I didn't enjoy the sound effects. Far too much bird tweeting interfering with the dialogue.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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I've already compared Wilde to a needle so let's see... George Bernard Shaw is the usual go-to, but in terms of modern writers, I'd say head for Nick Hornby, Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut.
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ABOUT

The Importance of Being Earnest

THE BLURB

Jack Worthing and Algernon Montcrieff have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack has invented a brother, Earnest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Gwendolyn.

Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country and the truth starts to unravel.