The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt, unchecked by public opinion. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.
Wilde's dreamlike exploration of life without limits scandalized its late-Victorian audience and has haunted readers' imaginations for more than a hundred years.
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I would read anything by Simon Vance, he is a delight to listen. The book was good but is not for everyone. If you enjoy descriptions, dark humor and some philosophy you will like this book.
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!
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.
As always Simon Vance was incredible.
This is a powerful story. So well written. Interesting philosophies. The preface in itself was fascinating.
If I could give this more stars I would.
The narration, the tone, rate and manner of speech perfectly fit the characters. It really brings them alive. The female voices can be a bit silly, but there are only very occasional female speaking characters.
The story played out beautifully! My mind was blown once I reached the ending... It most definitely left me completely satisfied. PS: The man narrating was exquisite.
I never read the book or saw the movie, but when i read about it i thought it was going to be a book full of sins and depravation, i was not seeking that, but i was surprised that it didn't go into details of what Dorian Gray did to become so evil. That is the only part that i didn't love, maybe it could explain how he gets to be so bad.
On the other part the hedonist and cynical point of view given through Lord Henry is excellent, i think that is what made this book so important and influential.
I loved the ending.
"Fine story but a tad overlong"
Not by Oscar Wilde, but narrated by Simon Vance, yes.
It seemed overlong, as there isn't that much of a story here to be honest!
His narration is always excellent. You always know when it's a character talking and when he's reading the text, and his subtle differences in performance always make the various characters distinguishable.
Not really. I'm glad I've listened to it (another one ticked off the bucket list!) but wouldn't listen again.
The slight plot would seem better suited to a short story.
"Always a pleasure"
I have enjoyed the novel many times, in this audio version it is brought to life beautifully
Loved this immortal classic of gothic fiction. Deep, philosophical, yet witty and sufficiently easy to digest. Simon Vance's experienced voice performance also adds that little extra something.
Good book well read. wanted the ending to be in keeping with the drama of the rest of the book. still very enjoyable
"Totally different to the film"
Yes I would. It was a little slow to get going and I found it difficult to recognise the different characters. I had watched the film and was delighted to find the book was far more in depth with a broader aspect
Dorian; he appeared so innocent to start with and it was sad to see what greed, vanity & society did to him
Excellent and beautifully read
"A little bit of Wilde goes a long way!"
Yes, I would. Because it's so truthful and blunt.
“What of Art?
-It is a malady.
-The fashionable substitute for Belief.
--You are a sceptic.
-Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
--What are you?
-To define is to limit.”
His incredible ability of creating a different voice for each character.
Oscar Wilde is fabulous, and clever, and impossibly witty. And Oscar Wilde knows it!!
Great Gatsby since both contain twisted views on love
Fantastic from start to finish, using different voices when the characters speak was flawless. Gave even more depth to the already colorful characters
When Dorian found out the picture changed, the different stages and that his view of how to live his life would be so different from mine.
One of the best books Ive enjoyed, wished I had read it as a kid. Lots of life tips on how and what shapes shallowness, romance, arrogance and passion can take.
"A contrary view"
Simon Vance, yes. Oscar Wilde no.
Oscar Wilde's writing is renowned for its intelligence and wit. I found it so irritating I couldn't read beyond a couple of chapters.
The first problem for me was the pompous chatter of pompous people who have never done a day of work. For some reason, it is wonderful to read Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and many others writing about people who fall in the same category, but Oscar Wilde's characters were, for me, dull and annoying.
An even bigger problem is the famous Oscar Wilde wit. Every few lines we meet a comment which at first glance sounds pithy, witty and wise. After a while I found that most of them were not clever and wise but over-clever, contrived and pretentious
"Perfectly read, much easy to listen to."
I have in the past attempted to read this book, however it does so drag on in it's minor details, which stops the reader from enjoying the whole pleasurable tale.
THIS audiobook on the other hand is well read, so that the minor annoyances can be ignored and the thrilling story can be enjoyed.
Good beginning, interesting middle, and satisfying finish. I highly recommend.
"Not bad version"
although a few of the characters aren't brought to life in a truely believable way this is a fairly good recording of Oscar Wilde's great novel. The narration is well paced and the story comes across well.
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