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The Picture of Dorian Gray | [Oscar Wilde]

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's only novel, perhaps because he realized that he could never again equal this timeless masterpiece. It is a unique work, both thought-provoking and horrifying. It vacillates between seemingly aimless conversation and riveting narrative in telling the story of a young man's quest for eternal youth and beauty, a quest that ends in scandal and depravity. It has been adapted numerous times for television, film, and the stage.
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In Oscar Wilde's only novel, Dorian Gray elects for a beautiful portrait of him to age rather than he, so that Dorian may pursue a life of debauchery without consequence. Both ornate and arrogant, Grenville Peter Mills' performance perfectly suits this story. He uses his full vocal range to capture the stylized language and humor of the work. His voice is at once admiring and judgmental, much like Dorian's world. With skilled pacing, Mills builds suspense right up to the gothic final twist. With Wilde and Mills combining forces, this notorious hedonistic story is unstoppable entertainment.

Publisher's Summary

The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's only novel, perhaps because he realized that he could never again equal this timeless masterpiece. It is a unique work, both thought-provoking and horrifying. It vacillates between seemingly aimless conversation and riveting narrative in telling the story of a young man's quest for eternal youth and beauty, a quest that ends in scandal and depravity. It has been adapted numerous times for television, film, and the stage.

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    Greg Kuala LumpurMalaysia 11-28-09
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    "Thoroughly rewarding"

    Perfect. The narration gains dramatic effect as the story and characters develop. A classic novel, peppered with the wit of a genius. The narrator clearly revelled in the delicious and wicked brilliance of Oscar Wilde's social observations and dazzling repartee. To quote from the master: 'I could deny myself the pleasure of talking, but not to others the pleasure of listening'

    Too often the narration of Dorian Gray misses the wonderful lethargic sensuality of Lord Henry Wotton, a self-proclaimed hedonist. Here his character is captured perfectly.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Empowerment Middletown, RI, United States 11-28-09
    Empowerment Middletown, RI, United States 11-28-09
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    "Wonderful rendition"

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favorite books so I made sure I listened to the samples of all the
    unabridged versions before deciding.
    I chose this one and am glad I did. The reading is wonderful as befits a timeless masterpiece like this. Five stars!

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Sandinic Middletown, RI, USA 12-08-09
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    "The best of the best"

    This is the best rendition I've heard of one of the best novels ever written. Wonderful!

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