Oscar Wilde's enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde's remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!
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This is the first book of Oscar Wilde's that I have ever listened to. It was a very entertaining book. It is well written and Wilde's wit as expressed through Lord Henry Wotten is extremely entertaining. I also thought that Greg Wise did a great job with the narration. I highly recommend it
One of my favorite books done Justice by this recording. The way Oscar Wilde makes a point and then contradict it. This is truly Oscar Wildes masterpiece showing just how much influence can scar as much as help and that the peoples of others should always be taken with a grain of salt, just to scratch the surface of the novel.
I like Oscar Wilde very much. The Portrait of Dorian Gray is a bit of a mixed bag, however. Wilde is at his best when he's pity, with flashes of brilliant insight or humor. TPODG is supposed to be against vanity and selfishness, and yet it is exactly a picture of Wilde's own vanity and selfishness. He can't cut back on his words, can't shorten his descriptions. He wants you to know how many things he knows, how superior he is in his taste and judgement to you, the reader. It could be written in half the words, and perhaps it should have been. It's the only thing Wilde ever wrote that I found myself bored by.
I was sadly disappointed in Greg Wise. I chose his reading because I like the tone of his voice best. His characterizations, however, left me somewhat cold. I found it dreary rather than sensual and exotic.
Having the book and the tape really helped my comprehension and got an A+ on test.
The painting aging
The audiobook is a great way to get you through the book and get a great grade
""The only thing worse than being talked about,"
is not being talked about."
Probably my favourite quote from the book.
I watched the 2009 movie before listening to the book. I thought this might be a mistake, as Colin Firth would forever became Lord Henry. However, the book is so powerful, and the characters come to life more, and soon my own vision had elbowed Mr Firth from my imagination.
The philosophy is deep, hard to really concentrate on in the car but good for digesting at home if you have a spare evening. The plot is thrilling and it doesn't matter if you know the ending, it's still a gripping tale. There is so much suspense, and just enough unsaid that it leaves your mind running free. What did Dorian write on the piece of paper that he passed to Alan Campbell? Well shall never know, it's best not to know!
I keep coming back to turn of the century fiction for some reason. It's heavy, but does not disappoint. If you like Sherlock Holmes, or Great Expectations, you'll love this.
Now onto something lighter!
Greg Wise is another example of an excellent narrator, not annoying, plenty of voices and consistent throughout. Great job!
"The Picture of Dorian Gray"
If you haven't seen the film then don't see it until you've read/heard the book. It really is far superior. The narration here it really easy to listen to and the story is riveting.
"Dorian Gray's Story Beautifully Narrated"
The Picture of Dorian Gray has always been one of my favourite novels; this is a favourite audiobook because of the wonderful narration.
In this audio version of the story, I enjoyed the emotion of the reading, by a very good actor. The dramatic ending really benefits from this.
Greg Wise really becomes Dorian Gray.
The drama of the ending really moved me as did its sadness.
This is an example of what Audible does best; that is to take a classic and bring it to life with an excellent narrator.
"Wilde about the boy"
This book transformed my view on victorian literature. Expertly told and beautifully written. A joy.
"Rather sad and depressing"
I have read/listened to some of the short stories of Oscar Wilde before reading this full length novel. The short stories are sometimes dark, but always handled with flair and a humorous touch, sometimes even making you laugh out loud. This however is very sad. There is no humour, but quite long passages about the personal opinions of the characters on such things as beauty and other not particularly important topics. I think the demise of the lives of the characters comes about because none of them have to go out to work. Idle upper class men who have nothing to do but worry about their appearance, ageing, and their 'good standing'. If they were men who had to work 10 hours a day to put bread on the table, there would be no time for all that silliness.
I really loved this book and hearing it read out loud really helped me to get a better grasp on the idea, themes and concepts of the book. I believe hearing the story out loud helps me get a great mark on my exam, I couldn't have done it without this book.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray"
Wonderful, Oscar Wilde would be proud of this!
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