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The Picture of Dorian Gray Audiobook

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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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.

Publisher's Summary

Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years. Taking the reader in and out of London drawing rooms, to the heights of aestheticism, and to the depths of decadence, The Picture of Dorian Gray is not simply a melodrama about moral corruption. Laced with bon mots and vivid depictions of upper-class refinement, it is also a fascinating look at the milieu of Wilde's fin-de-siècle world and a manifesto of the creed "Art for Art's Sake."The ever-quotable Wilde, who once delighted London with his scintillating plays, scandalized readers with this, his only novel. Upon publication, Dorian was condemned as dangerous, poisonous, stupid, vulgar, and immoral, and Wilde as a "driveling pedant." The novel, in fact, was used against Wilde at his much-publicized trials for "gross indecency," which led to his imprisonment and exile on the European continent. Even so, The Picture of Dorian Gray firmly established Wilde as one of the great voices of the Aesthetic movement and endures as a classic that is as timeless as its hero.

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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 09-27-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 09-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "One of the Greats of 19th Century Horror Fiction"

    The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890 as a short novel in a magazine. What seems rather tame in the 21st century caused a great furor in the 19th, and was viewed as immoral, wicked and vile. Dorian Gray is a startlingly beautiful young man who has posed for a life-sized portrait of himself by a prominent artist, Basil Hallworth. Just as Basil is adding the finishing touches to the portrait, his friend Sir Henry arrives and meets the impressionable young Gray. Sir Henry is an influential member of society who espouses (though probably does not follow) the hedonistic philosophy -- the only things worthwhile in life are beauty and the fulfillment of the senses.

    His influence causes Gray to regret that his beauty will fade over time while the portrait will stay forever young and beautiful, and he expresses the desire that the portrait should age while he stays forever young. He "would give anything" to have that happen. At the time, he does not realize that that statement has formed a bargain. Under Lord Henry's influence and encouragement, Gray explores the world of the senses, becoming more and more morally depraved over time, but his beauty never fades. Every wicked or depraved act affects the portrait, not him.

    This is a philosophical horror story, beautifully written by a master of the English language. Wilde's well-known talent for creating wickedly funny turns of phrase is used in this novel particularly well in creating the conversation of Lord Henry -- light, cynical, insincere, ironic, and quite pointedly intended for the character's own amusement in manipulating his listeners. Simon Prebble does a superb job of narrating, especially the cynical viewpoint, voice and character of Lord Henry.

    I'm so glad that Audible made this book one of its Daily Deals: I doubt that I would have picked it up otherwise. And the experience was so much better than any movie that has been made of the story, Well worth even the full price!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bugra Rochester, New york, United States 09-24-13
    Bugra Rochester, New york, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "PERFECT STORY PERFECT PERFORMANCE MUST LISTEN"

    Simon Prebble's narration is perfect. He gave life to all the characters in a way that you actually feel you are in the room with Dorian Gray. Started and could not let down and finished in a couple of days. i reccomend the book to anyone who likes to listen to a great story and have an amazing narration experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 11-25-12
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 11-25-12

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "A picture is worth a thousand words."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because it was great to listen to while working around the house. I probably wouldn't have taken the time to read the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sybil Vane, the beautiful actress who falls in love with Dorian Gray. I felt sorry for her and she was the most human of all the other characters. More easy to identify with, in stead of the rich, vain people that were in this novel.


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

    I don't remember, he was a good narrator for this book. He did make Dorian Gray a very irritating person, but then he was irritating.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Take a look at me!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story about vanity and evil. Some wonderful Wilde lines that made me chuckle.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Micki Brooklyn , NY, USA 07-17-09
    Micki Brooklyn , NY, USA 07-17-09
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    "Brilliant book with Superb Narration"

    No need to extoll the brilliance of this novel. Simon Prebble's narration however is top-notch.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 05-01-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 05-01-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "A picture truly can say a thousand words"

    Oscar Wild's only novel is full of murder and mayhem in the life of a self absorbed socialite. It tells the Faustian story of the downfall of Dorian Gray due to his deal with the devil tied up in a painting that captures his aging and moral decay and keeps him young. Very interesting twists.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Biker 04-16-13
    Biker 04-16-13
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    "Dual Natured, Dramatic, and Devastatingly Wicked"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended, and will keep recommending, this book/ audio book to anyone and everyone. Lord Henry shows both the impractical and the practical side of a wicked philosophy, while Basil shows the craving for simple, naive, or innocent personalities among those of us who have come into the knowledge of sin and yet resist temptation. Dorian Gray, and the changes he faced throughout this novel, represent the transition from innocence to adulthood and how simple mistakes change us forever. In this hauntingly beautiful novel, Oscar Wilde depicts both this philosophy, and his wit without overpowering the underlying moral takeaway in what has to be one of the greatest novels of all time.

    I would not recommend this for Militant (i.e. unwilling to learn) Christians, Atheists, or other firm believers in something absolute. This is a novel for those willing to learn, for in learning, you are re-instituting your very belief system.


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    Michael White Bear Lake, Mongolia 10-08-12
    Michael White Bear Lake, Mongolia 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray the most enjoyable?

    This was a really great audio book. i would recommened it to everyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Basil Hallward


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

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MysteryL 01-31-13
    MysteryL 01-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Mesmerizing"

    Wonderful narration of a witty classic. It was like watching a train wreck, you can't stop listening.

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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 07-01-16
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 07-01-16
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    "This story could play today. Don't think download"

    Incredible well told story. I considered reading this book before, but didn't. I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner. Oscar Wilde only wrote one full book and this is it. This story could be a movie today set in any city in the world. It was way before its time. A story of ethics.

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    Krystal Veverka West Palm Beach, Florida 12-19-15
    Krystal Veverka West Palm Beach, Florida 12-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The villain you want to love."

    Incredibly descriptive and captivating. The plot really thickens in the last quarter of the book and regardless of Dorian's good fortune and abundance of luck, karma catches up to him. Absolutely fantastic read!

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