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Publisher's Summary

When The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1891, it evoked a tremendous amount of hostile criticism, in most part due to its immoral content. Oscar Wilde was identified with the "art for art's sake" movement of the 19th century which did not subordinate art to ethical instruction. However, this novel is indeed a morality tale about the hazards of egotistical self-indulgence.

"If it were I," exclaims Dorian, "who were always to be young and that picture that was to grow old . . . I would give my soul for that."

With that spoken, the tale of this young hero of amazing beauty, Dorian Gray, begins. His 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?

(P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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One of my faves!!!

The narrator takes the experience to new heights! very gifted indeed : ) I have read this book several times and very much prefer the audible version. So into it!!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Creepy Gothic Story

What did you love best about The Picture of Dorian Gray?

The fact that the writer directly engaged the moral issue, which can be summed up as, "Is it better to be beautiful than good?" Oddly he answers his own question in the conventional way, which is not what I was prepared for. It seems Gray gets his just punishment at the end. But along the way there is the idea that fate, accident, random occurrences also can determine one's outcomes. So this isn't a straightforward justification of the "wages of sin." I think Wilde was more subtle than that in his contemplation of art and aesthetic appreciation and their effects on human life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There isn't a single likeable character in the story. Dorian is immorality incarnate, Basil allows his appreciation of aesthetics to get in the way of his judgment, Sir Henry is a loathsome upper class idiot, and Sybil is a fool. But Dorian's development from a beautiful young innocent to a decadent monster is fascinating.

Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

The narration was very good and Page did all the characters well.

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

No, but I learned more about the 19th century foppish British aristocracy--possibily Wilde's own circle--that I might have wanted.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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What a story! What a performance!

Love it? Adore it! The decadence of human soul, having been corrupted by humanity. Wilde knew a great deal about it, for he had his own demons (nothing different from what we experience nowadays).
But it's not the novel I would like to commend, but the performance. Indeed, what a performance! Wow! Mr Page, hats off!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • FAIR OAKS, CA, United States
  • 01-08-15

Great Classic

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A very interesting story about vanity and corruption. I really enjoy the works of Oscar Wilde.

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  • Erica
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 12-30-13

Oscar Wilde was ahead of his time...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray to be better than the print version?

Not sure I could ever call an audio edition better than the printed version. It was, however, a great way to experience Dorian Gray. I compare an audio edition to a movie, not to a book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Henry - I was guessing at who he truly really was throughout the whole book - was he a devil or just a free spirited Englishman?

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

No, but I certainly will. He made this book come alive.

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

I hadn't planned it but I did. Well, not sitting, but it was in my robe pocket as I went around the house.

Any additional comments?

Dorian Gray has been sitting in my Audible library for a while. I am so glad I finally listened to it (in less than a 24 hour period, I might add!). The characters hooked me from the start. And Michael Page's narration was fantastic. Great combination of writer and narrator!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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PAY ATTENTION

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In order to read this book, you must really need to pay attention. The story is great, but I needed to be "in the mood" to listen to its content. The book outlines how evil people can be when they have absolutely everything they want, similar to a spoiled child who gets everything they desire (much like those that play call of duty or halo online while talking smack with high pitched voices saying things about your mom for some odd reason... pesty lil buggers), the Kardashians or some rich college chick who drives the latest BMW car. <br/><br/>Anyway, good book. Really happy with how Dorian turned out in the end. :)

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  • Steven
  • ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States
  • 06-27-13

Minus one star for preachiness

Great story idea and fairly well executed. I deducted a star for preachiness. Some of it is essential to the story, but IMHO it's overdone a bit. Michael Page's performance was good, but didn't grasp my attention in any special way. If you like classic SF and Horror, but missed Wilde's contribution to the genre along the way, then it will be worth your time, but probably not a credit. I bought it for $0.99 by getting the Kindle version (free) first under Amazon's offerings of classics at low prices to introduce WhisperSync. At $0.99 for e-book and a-book, you can't go wrong. If you haven't discovered this secret, and read Kindle e-books, check out classics on the Amazon site. You'll find that many are very inexpensive or free and entitle you to the a-book for $0.99. It's a great way to add classics to your library

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Classic book, superb performance

This is one of those books I read decades ago in high school and was curious to see how I’d react to it in my “mature” years. It’s interesting, it’s disturbing, but the moral lesson is quite obvious, of course. The thing that I have to think most about is how to reconcile the author’s own life with the message of the book. I also spent some time comparing the published, censored and altered version with Oscar Wilde’s original version. The performance was superb.

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Masterful reading by Michael Page

Wilde's novel is rich, filled with ambiguity that opens it up to multiple interpretations. And I cannot imagine a better narrator for this story than Michael Page. His performance is masterful, pitch-perfect. He has just the right accent and manner to suit the context, and he slips seemingly effortlessly into the voices of all the characters regardless of sex, age, or class.

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Very good book.

Took a bit to get used to the language. A lot of stuff in this book is very different, but at the same time quite interesting. Good wordage and descriptors. Overall the story was a very good read.