I would read anything by Simon Vance, he is a delight to listen. The book was good but is not for everyone. If you enjoy descriptions, dark humor and some philosophy you will like this book.
I wanted to read some of the classics, but I have a hard time staying interested when they're slow-moving. Dorian Gray is a really great book, but I honestly think the credit goes to Simon Vance for making it come alive. There is a HUGE difference when actors narrate books, and this book is a perfect example of that. If you're trying to differentiate between the 15 different versions of Dorian Grey on Audible, get this one.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
I have not read this book before, I have not had to read Cliff's Notes and report on this, nor have I seen a movie based on this book. I did not expect this ending and I was kept captivated by the reader Simon Vance. I would recommend this book to others and certainly would look for other books narrated by Simon. WOW!
I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
Wilde' writing made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray most enjoyable. He had great depth and insight into human behavior. He expressed himself well with wit, wisdom and creativity.
The transformation of Dorian from beauty to monster was like watching Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
When Dorian was stalked by the brother of a woman who committed suicide after Dorian rejected her. That scene thrilled and haunted me.
I highly recommend this only novel of Wilde's.
several chapters were a little redundant (I'm looking at you chapter 11). other than that, loved the story, was consistently funny, and some of the twists suprised me despite knowing the basic storyline.
As always Simon Vance was incredible.
This is a powerful story. So well written. Interesting philosophies. The preface in itself was fascinating.
If I could give this more stars I would.
The narration, the tone, rate and manner of speech perfectly fit the characters. It really brings them alive. The female voices can be a bit silly, but there are only very occasional female speaking characters.
The story played out beautifully! My mind was blown once I reached the ending... It most definitely left me completely satisfied. PS: The man narrating was exquisite.
I never read the book or saw the movie, but when i read about it i thought it was going to be a book full of sins and depravation, i was not seeking that, but i was surprised that it didn't go into details of what Dorian Gray did to become so evil. That is the only part that i didn't love, maybe it could explain how he gets to be so bad.
On the other part the hedonist and cynical point of view given through Lord Henry is excellent, i think that is what made this book so important and influential.
I loved the ending.