An Ideal Husband

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(4.5 stars; 193 reviews)

An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedy by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place within a single day. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." (Summary from Wikipedia)

Narrator – Read by Alex Foster
The Earl Of Caversham, K.G. – Read by Linton
Viscount Goring, his son – Read by John Gonzalez
Sir Robert Chiltern, Bart., Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs – Read by David Barnes
Vicomte De Nanjac, Attache at the French Embassy in London – Read by Juho Fröjd
Mr. Montford – Read by Matthew Walton
Mason, Butler to Sir Robert Chiltern – Read by Hugh McGuire
Phipps, Lord Goring’s servant – Read by Juho Fröjd
James, footman – Read by Read by Chris Goringe
Harold, footman – Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz
Lady Chiltern – Read by Kristin Hughes
Lady Markby – Read by Heather Barnett
The Countess Of Basildon – Read by JemmaBlythe
Mrs. Marchmont – Read by Ezwa
Miss Mabel Chiltern, Sir Robert Chiltern’s sister – Read by Ophelia Darcy
Mrs. Cheveley – Read by Betsie Bush
Project EditorPaula Berinstein (3 hr 17 min)


Act 1 57:18 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
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Act 3 45:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 39:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


another triumph! great reading clear and entertaining !

(5 stars)

Another superior work by Oscar Wilde. The dramatic reading was heartfelt and thoroughly amusing! A worth while read.

Fun play

(3.5 stars)

A bit slow at first but it really picks up in the middle. Fun to listen to!

fun story

(5 stars)

volume is different in each character

(4 stars)

I didn't see this as a comedy but as an interesting drama. The moral is to not only tell the truth but to be open. One part did bother me though. Why didn't Goring use his same threat again? It had just worked a minute earlier & would've worked again. I wish I could ask Wilde about it. It's still an enjoyable listen!

Such a comedy of errors : )

(5 stars)

A very entertaining play. Wilde may have been outrageous but he knew people. All the rules and expectations make for some funny moments. Baring the usual technical difficulties between readers equipment this was a very well performed play. It might even be the best introduction to Wilde's writing.

Such a disappointment

(2 stars)

This work has disappointed me greatly. Not only it seems to lack Wilde's usual genius and cunning, but it also seems quite opposite to his usually so progressive messages. This one is not, at all, fit for an anarchist.

Loved it!

(4 stars)

Was a little slow to start and took me a bit to figure out who was who but overall I seriously enjoyed this one.

Great story

(4.5 stars)

Funny and comic story, relevant to today. Very good version and all the characters played their role well.