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!
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
I couldn't put this book down once I got past the initial preening of Dorian. I love that it is so representative of the period but also has the mysterious quality of a "Twilight Zone" situation. Great musings on how our soul is affected by what we read and who we keep as company. I think this is a must read for those who like British lit.
Language as art.
Vance's narration is without flaw.
Oh no, much too rich.
Chapter 11 can be a bit of a slog, but such an amazing piece!
I decided to challenge Mark Twain and his observation that “a classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read”, by reading Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey. Although it is a dark and challenging story, it paints a wonderful picture itself; of English society in the late nineteenth century. Wilde certainly has a way with words, especially those depicted in conversations between Dorian and those with whom he converses. It is these conversations that kept me engaged more than the mystery of the painting. I always have wanted to read this book, and now that I have, I’m happy I did.
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.