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The Picture of Dorian Gray | [Oscar Wilde]

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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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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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    IRP Falmouth, ME United States 06-10-10
    IRP Falmouth, ME United States 06-10-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Very Well Done- Great Narrator"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Chesley 07-09-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "BEST RECORDING OUT THERE"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James United States 09-10-12
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    What made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray the most enjoyable?

    Having the book and the tape really helped my comprehension and got an A+ on test.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The painting aging


    Have you listened to any of Greg Wise’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The audiobook is a great way to get you through the book and get a great grade

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    Reading, United Kingdom
    10/8/12
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    ""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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dinah
    United Kingdom
    3/27/14
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    "Dorian Gray's Story Beautifully Narrated"
    Where does The Picture of Dorian Gray rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Picture of Dorian Gray has always been one of my favourite novels; this is a favourite audiobook because of the wonderful narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Greg Wise – was your favourite?

    Greg Wise really becomes Dorian Gray.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The drama of the ending really moved me as did its sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an example of what Audible does best; that is to take a classic and bring it to life with an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    by Forfar, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Great"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antje
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    1/5/11
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    "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

    Wonderful, Oscar Wilde would be proud of this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
    5/27/14
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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