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The Picture of Dorian Gray | [Oscar Wilde]

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure. 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. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.

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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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    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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    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-15-12
    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2011
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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.


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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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    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 2015
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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.

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