Oscar Wilde’s classic endures with its gems of astute observation and cynical wit. The eerie story follows a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty in the form of a supernatural portrait. Life's mysterious paradoxes are laced throughout Lord Henry's brilliant aphorisms. Gray is urged by Henry to "love the wonderful life that is in you." The novel's qualities are mired in decadence, "art for art's sake," the new hedonism of the Victorian-era upper class, and societal moral corruption. Simon Prebble perfectly achieves Lord Henry's "low, languid voice" and sparkling conversation, while avidly expressing the other characters' more torrid emotions. Prebble brings the fable's gothic horror to life, but the more youthful characters lack believable intonation.
This was a really great audio book. i would recommened it to everyone.
Great story. Really enjoyed it.
The narrator was a good choice for this book. Very easy listen.
I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. Firstly Oscar Wilde is always a good decision. Secondly it's just a great story. So many films have tried to adapt this but until you read the scene where Dorian mentally justifies his involvement in a major tragedy you will never truly understand why this qualifies as a horror story.
I liked the performance of Lord Henry. He's an interesting character because you never really get a bead on what his motivations are. Is he being serious when he says horrible things? Is he just goading people? The way he's played you are never really sure if he's being genuine when he encourages Dorian to be a terrible person or if he's running some kind of personal social experiment.
I was genuinely horrified when reading the passage where Dorian convinces himself that Sibyl was just dumb and that he didn't really have anything to be sorry about concerning her. Following the thread of his logic is just tragic.
It's an easy listen as classics go as it's relatively short. It's also interesting to decipher the real motivations of a lot of the characters.
I feel it lacks drama. Some of the insights are deep and moving but towards the end it lost me. I'll try again in a few years but for now it's off to new things. Great narration.
Beautiful story. Very good narration.
A must read or must heard story if you are into classic literature. The novel has rather a simple story line, and most of the author's subjective thinkings/ ideals/ implications are expressed through either Lord henry or Dorian. You'll find yourself fill with questions, wanderings, and thoughts (maybe regrets for Dorian, too).
The novel is written in old style British English, but the narrator did a very good job in differentiating between characters and pausing/ slowing appropriately in very long monologue.
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In this novel, you can expect enough science fiction to make it interesting to sci-fi buffs, yet it is not the hyper sci-fi we find in current novels. There is no diving into the 'Why' something super natural has happened, it just did. In modern texts, I would consider some sort of explanation a must in a good sci-fi story, but considering that this text is 100 years old, I seemed to not mind that absence. It really is about the human heart's struggle to deal with one's immorality without going mad. The narrator performed well with a pleasing accent and I could listen comfortably at 2X speed. I would spend a credit on this one. For my favorite read on Audible, check out Ken Grimwood's 'Replay'. Hope this helps someone. Later.
Artistic, dark, philosophical
I'll never forget the ending, nor the climax. I don't really want to give either away to anyone who hasn't read it.
All of it was perfect, in regards to Simon Prebble's performance. Prebble and Jim Dale are my two favorite narrators.
Yes. Though it was too long for me to do so. It only took a few sittings.
This book has a lot to do with what "sin" or evil is. It also has a lot to do with corruption and the purpose of the conscience. Yes, it is fiction, but it is extremely philosophical. It is a worthwhile read, but not a light one, by any means. This is a book you read when you're in the mood to think and feel deeply. Naturally, the language is beautiful.
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I read this book because it’s considered to be one of the classics, and the image an aging person withering away on a hidden canvas in an attic has so worked its way into our popular culture that I wanted to read the book that spawned the cliché. It’s the same type of motivation that prompted me to read 1984.
I really don’t have much to say about the book – I didn’t like it that much, the characters didn’t feel sympathetic and I felt there was too much pontification.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a stunningly beautiful book, among my very favourites. I had not read it for many years when I stumbled upon this performance of it, and it has instantly rocketed to the top of the "Top 10" list in my Audible library.
This cautionary, "be careful what you wish for" tale contains many of Oscar Wilde's most celebrated lines, including my personal favourite, "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." Beautiful-but-outrageous dialogue like this brings a lightness and some comedy to this otherwise sad story.
I'm not sure if I've ever given 5 stars across the board before, but this performance of this wonderful book is surely deserving of it. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Prebble gives a near-perfect performance. Each character has a distinctive voice, but the distinctions are subtle and totally believable, unlike some narrators who I think go overboard. His "Basil Hallwood" in particular is beautifully human; every ounce of the characters kindness, and his love for Dorian, comes shining through.
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