A young man commits all types of sins, but only his portrait shows the ravages of his life. Oscar Wilde's Faustian classic. Gothic horror at its best.
Public Domain (P)2016 Trout Lake Media
The old gothic movie of the same name has always been one of my favorites...a creepy dark tale that was made from the book with a strange & unique plot. Both the movie & the book are unforgetable classics, & Oscar Wilde is a genius as an author of the macabre.
BB & MM...Jade Dragon
This book depicts much of what life is like today with the average narcissistic personality type. It's scary how current and ahead of his time the writer, Oscar Wilde was. I enjoyed this book and I'm certain it will be very good reading for others as well. Keep up the great work Audible!
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It's a classic so... it's as good as a classic ever is. For its era it must have been pretty edgy and dark, and, even in our modern cynical world, it is still kinda dark and surprising. Though I think by now the story "twist" is part of our popular culture so nobody is going to be very shocked.
This book is very difficult to get through in its print form as it has multiple descriptive tangents which drove me crazy, but as an audio, it was much less boring (guess I phased out during the boring bits)...
That all being said, I read this for a research project and, as such, it was one of the more bearable books I had to read. Though I would not read it again, nor would I read anything else by Wilde... I just don't care about wealthy gay men and their trials and tribulations as they screw their way across the city.
The narration is very good - and certainly made the story readable. It's a classic, so there is nothing adult or graphic in it, though there are lots of subtle suggestions of various types of debauchery.
I will never try to rear or listen to Oscar Wilde again. The prose was annoying and unbelievable, like Gilmore Girls. The chapter that went on and on and on about ancient bedazzled clothing almost made me drive off of a bridge.
I'd read Dorian Gray some 10 years ago, but I liked the story and wanted to experience it again. Sadly, the narrator left a lot to be desired; he did okay, but in many characters -- especially Dorian himself -- he just sounded bored even in moments of high emotion. He captured Lord Henry pretty well, but his female characters were a struggle.
Luckily, since I read the book before I was able to just mentally add in my own inflections and tone, but there were several moments where I almost stopped to look for another version with a different reader.
This book is often revered and held up as some great achievement in literature, however there is really no interesting characters. All the book aims to do is make you feel that humans are a stupid and violent society.
I enjoyed this. It started very good, dragged a bit in the middle but when it picks up it is very interesting and keeps you wanting to know the final outcome. it did not disappoint.
"great story, lost concentration a bit"
I wanted to listen to a classic and wasn't disappointed. the narrator puts on different voices for the different characters so it is easier to follow
It was very exciting however there were some chapters that seemed to drag on and I got confused over who the narrator was speaking for as his tone didn't change unless it was for a girl.
"Gruesome, grisly, gothic horror"
There is no true horror than the horror humans create themselves. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic tale of hubris and vanity, and the sins that associate themselves with such. Oscar Wilde's maccabre style is fascinating for its time, and the idea that the painting is a representation of his Gray's own soul is intelligent. The only downside to this reading was the narrator who made hardly any differentiation between the voices, so at points made it difficult to follow the characters. His voice was also quite monotonous.
"Brilliantly written, beautifully read"
Enchanting, descriptive and thought provoking are just a few words to describe this masterpiece, would recommend to anyone interesting in the curious literature of the late 19th and early 20th century. Thank you
"a bit muffled in places but love the story"
The story could do with having maybe one more narrator, sometimes hard to an old man impersonate a young woman
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