An Ideal Husband


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(4.5 stars; 171 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)

Characters:
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)

Chapters

Act 1 57:18 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 55:06 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 45:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 39:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

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!

worthy of a listen

(5 stars)

Entertaining group of characters, with justice given by the readers. Also, enjoyable narration.

(4 stars)

A good listen. would be better if some of the readers had less hissing in their recording

So old it's new.

(5 stars)

One of the best ensemble readings I have listened to yet.

pretty good.

(5 stars)

I loved it but why are the reviews previous cut off?