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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    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.

    John says: "A Picture of You and Me"
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    This novel is indeed a morality tale about the hazards of egotistical self-indulgence. Dorian Grey's pact with evil allows his portrait to take on his many sins and degradations while his physical appearance remains youthful. Over the years as he becomes cruel and vicious, even murderous, Dorian's young and perfect body is no longer enough to salvage his deteriorating mind and morality. Will justice and good prevail?

    Cindy Hill says: "One of my faves!!!"
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    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.

    Kimberly Sample says: "Loved This One!"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Miriam Margoyles, Martin Clunes
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    Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance.

    S says: "Wonderfully entertaining ear-candy"
  • The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition] | Oscar Wilde

    The Canterville Ghost [Classic Tales Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
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    The ghost that haunts Canterville Chase has built a marvelous career of midnight haunting. But when an American family moves in, they simply have no respect for permanent bloodstains, nightmarish chains, or ancient legends. They even throw pillows at him.

    Kindle Customer says: "satire in Victorian novel of manners?"
  • The Oscar Wilde Collection | Oscar Wilde

    The Oscar Wilde Collection

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Jacqueline Bisset, Alfred Molina, and others
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    Four classic comedies from one of the wittiest playwrights in Western literature: Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all featuring star-studded casts with the likes of Jacqueline Bisset, Miriam Margolyes, James Marsters, Alfred Molina, Roger Rees, Yeardley Smith, Eric Stoltz, and many more. This audio also includes a chilling dramatization of Wilde's sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    Sandy says: "Good Collection"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
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    In this classic 19th century comedy of manners, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrief masquerade under the name of Earnest in order to win the love of Gwendolyn and Cecily. But first they must match wits with the inimitable Lady Bracknell!

    Amazon Customer says: "Classic tongue and cheek"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatized) | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
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    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence". Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Tad Davis says: "Delightfully silly"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Carson Beck
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    The four great comedies of Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, were all written at the height of the controversial Irish author's powers in his last, doomed decade, the 1890s.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
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    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
  • Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund | Oscar Wilde

    Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, and others
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    Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

    Jefferson says: "Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderfully Read"
  • De Profundis | Oscar Wilde,Merlin Holland - introduction

    De Profundis

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland - introduction
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale, Merlin Holland
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    Written during his time in Reading Gaol, De Profundis is Oscar Wilde's moving letter to Lord Alfred Douglas, whose relationship with Wilde led to the poet's imprisonment. Here Wilde repudiates Lord Alfred and reflects on his ordeal, acknowledging how the depths of his sorrow have helped liberate him toward a fuller, freer wisdom. Brimming with beautiful passages, De Profundis is a profound and inspiring treatise on the meaning of suffering.

  • Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories | Oscar Wilde

    Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Oscar Wilde's Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    "Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales continue to exert the same pull over the imagination and emotions as they did when he first read them to his children in the 1880s. Written with inspired poetic intensity and sudden flowerings of the matchless wit for which he is so well remembered, the stories combine the wisdom of parables with the impact of drama."

    Jennifer says: "Unexpected"
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Kate Petrie
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    The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, written in 1891, is a timeless philosophical classic that is still seen today as an interesting debate on the true meaning of beauty. Basil Hallward, a kind-hearted painter, is inspired by Dorian Grey's unbelievable good looks. While painting a still life of Dorian, Hallward and an acquaintance, Lord Henry Wotton, discuss Dorian's beauty and the idea of perfection. Convinced by their discussion that beauty is the only thing that matters in life, Dorian wishes that he would never age. Instead, he hopes that his painting will age in his stead.

  • Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics | Alphonse Daudet, Saki,Oscar Wilde

    Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alphonse Daudet, Saki, Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Barbara Leigh-Hunt
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    A treasure-chest of the written and spoken word, this collection is read by brilliant actors who make this audio anthology a genuine treat for the listener.

    Wendy says: "Enjoyable listen"
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Paul Lincoln
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    Basil Hallward is infatuated and impressed by Englishman Dorian Gray's beauty, and therefore Dorian has been the subject of most of Hallward's oil paintings. While Dorian is posing for a full-length portrait, he meets Lord Henry Wotton, a materialistic man who shares his hedonistic world view, stating that beauty is the only truly important thing in life. Dorian is persuaded to this point and through a course of events sells his soul so that his portrait will wither and grow old.

    Brendan says: "Good book, terrible cover"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest | Oscar Wilde

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Ben Lindsey-Clark, Jeff Moon, Amanda Friday, and others
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    The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde's most famous and oft-produced play. First performed in 1895, and subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People", it shows Wilde at his satirical and scathingly witty best. It follows the misadventures of Algy and Jack as they attempt to woo and wed Cecily and Gwendolen under the assumed name "Ernest", much to the disapproval of the aristocratic Lady Bracknell.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Greg Wise
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    Oscar Wilde's enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde's remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!

    IRP says: "Very Well Done- Great Narrator"
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by Oscar Wilde, tells the story of a handsome young man who is befriended by a painter, Basil Hallward, and becomes the inspiration for his work. The young man is also introduced to one of Basil's friends, the hedonistic aristocrat Lord Henry Wotton, who enthralls Dorian by sharing with him his philosophies and ideals about life, including his belief that youth is the most precious and important thing in the world.

    Nic Nac says: "Good listen. Beautifully paced read!"
  • The World's Best Classic Short Stories | O. Henry,Edgar Allan Poe,Oscar Wilde, Saki,Kate Chopin,Thomas Hardy,Rudyard Kipling

    The World's Best Classic Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A glittering collection of some of the world's finest short stories.

    Kenneth Larsen says: "Wonderful group of short stories"
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