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The Picture of Dorian Gray Audiobook

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Publisher's Summary

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure - an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

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.

(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Chelly Las Vegas 06-03-13
    Chelly Las Vegas 06-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Modernism at it's best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they wanted something classic and lovely, sure. The movie didn't really give it much justice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I guess Dorian. I can't blame him for doing all he did. It just sucks how things ended up.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh definitely. Old books are hard for me to read because it doesn't flow right in my brain. But having it read to me, I listened and played attention and got so much more out of the story that if I had read it myself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If anything, it made me miss college.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm pretty sure I only liked this because I learned about it in class. That's probably why I didn't care for the Great Gatsby.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas C. Bates Boston, MA 04-30-12
    Douglas C. Bates Boston, MA 04-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Aging Well"

    While Oscar Wilde is indeed a great writer, and this book is read beautifully by Simon Vance, the weakness is that key plot elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray have not aged well.

    First, one has to suspend disbelief about how a painting of the protagonist magically ages while the protagonist stays young looking.

    Second, one has to believe this staying young looking causes the protagonist to become evil, yet, the reader gets relatively little insight into what evil that the protagonist has done. Further, much of the supposed wrong doing Dorian supposedly engages in is by Victorian standards, not modern ones. Through the magical painting Dorian Gray manages to stay looking like he was 20 until he is 38, whereas the painting of him turns into an ugly, aged, satyr. These days with 40 year old movie stars still looking like they're 20 makes it hard to swallow how staying young looking would cause Dorian to become evil.

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a morality play, with a message. But the Victorian plot devices Wilde uses have not aged well, making the story all too incredible for some readers to enjoy, which somehow seems oddly fitting about a story of a many who does not age appropriately and who is obsessed with pleasure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 04-24-12
    Sean 04-24-12

    Sean

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    "Dorian Gray Excellent Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Certainly! It held my attention and I was intrigued by the premise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dorian, a tortured soul who really does want to do right.


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

    no this was my first and I thoroughly enjoyed it!


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

    If I had the time yes.


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    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-15-12
    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-15-12
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    "life is a picture paint it well"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray to be better than the print version?

    i couldn't tell you - never read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Picture of Dorian Gray?

    the memory of seeing "wilde" - the movie about oscar wilde's life, and how remarkably similar this book is to the goings on in the author's life.


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

    couldn't say


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no - after awhile, it does get a bit old though - all the witty observations, at first playful and fun, get a bit tedious and later too much.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 12-20-11
    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A good listen"

    I purchased this audio book in spite of having seen the movie. It was a good listen but not outstanding. It held my interest so no real complaints here.

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    Robson Designs 04-20-12

    I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!

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    "Too verbose"

    I found myself drifting throughout the story. The general premiss was good, but it seemed to go on and on about nothing. Very disappointing.

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    Ricky Battle Ground, WA, USA 02-28-09
    Ricky Battle Ground, WA, USA 02-28-09
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    "Who am I to say"

    It's a great book

    No complaints

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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA 07-25-10
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA 07-25-10 Member Since 2014

    groing

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    "Did not finish listening"

    Too boring... could not hold my interest. I tried to get through it, but eventually gave up.

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    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 12-06-09
    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Dorian Gray"

    The plot of this book was barely understandable.The chapters all seemed to run together and it was hard to figure who was who in the book.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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