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The Picture of Dorian Gray Audiobook

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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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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    Andre Hercules, California, United States 12-27-16
    Andre Hercules, California, United States 12-27-16 Member Since 2013

    I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.

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    "Great Wit, Depth, and Writing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray the most enjoyable?

    Wilde' writing made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray most enjoyable. He had great depth and insight into human behavior. He expressed himself well with wit, wisdom and creativity.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Picture of Dorian Gray?

    The transformation of Dorian from beauty to monster was like watching Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Dorian was stalked by the brother of a woman who committed suicide after Dorian rejected her. That scene thrilled and haunted me.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this only novel of Wilde's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 08-05-14
    Jenn HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Simon Vance brought this book to life!"
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    I wanted to read some of the classics, but I have a hard time staying interested when they're slow-moving. Dorian Gray is a really great book, but I honestly think the credit goes to Simon Vance for making it come alive. There is a HUGE difference when actors narrate books, and this book is a perfect example of that. If you're trying to differentiate between the 15 different versions of Dorian Grey on Audible, get this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-09-10
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-09-10 Member Since 2016

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "I am amazed!"

    I have not read this book before, I have not had to read Cliff's Notes and report on this, nor have I seen a movie based on this book. I did not expect this ending and I was kept captivated by the reader Simon Vance. I would recommend this book to others and certainly would look for other books narrated by Simon. WOW!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 04-05-12
    Heather 04-05-12 Member Since 2009

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.

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    "As creepy as Twilight Zone!"

    I couldn't put this book down once I got past the initial preening of Dorian. I love that it is so representative of the period but also has the mysterious quality of a "Twilight Zone" situation. Great musings on how our soul is affected by what we read and who we keep as company. I think this is a must read for those who like British lit.

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    Michael Irving, TX, USA 04-23-17
    Michael Irving, TX, USA 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Still a stunning novel."
    If you could sum up The Picture of Dorian Gray in three words, what would they be?

    Language as art.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the timelessness.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Vance's narration is without flaw.


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

    Oh no, much too rich.


    Any additional comments?

    Chapter 11 can be a bit of a slog, but such an amazing piece!

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    Dalal Nahle 03-07-17
    Dalal Nahle 03-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic!"

    it's a great story. a true classic. read it in highschool and was feeling a bit nastolgic so I listened to the audible.

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    Jeremy 02-28-17
    Jeremy 02-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great performance boring story"

    I thought that the the performance was wonderful but the story was rather boring and not that well written and that it focused on the wrong aspects

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    Joseph 02-07-17
    Joseph 02-07-17 Member Since 2008
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    "A Classic"

    I decided to challenge Mark Twain and his observation that “a classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read”, by reading Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey. Although it is a dark and challenging story, it paints a wonderful picture itself; of English society in the late nineteenth century. Wilde certainly has a way with words, especially those depicted in conversations between Dorian and those with whom he converses. It is these conversations that kept me engaged more than the mystery of the painting. I always have wanted to read this book, and now that I have, I’m happy I did.

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    BrittanyHirsch 01-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    The story was enchanting; it was a delight from beginning to end and the narrator was absolutely splendid.

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    jerpepsi 10-08-16
    jerpepsi 10-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it, kept me in trestles throughout "

    several chapters were a little redundant (I'm looking at you chapter 11). other than that, loved the story, was consistently funny, and some of the twists suprised me despite knowing the basic storyline.

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    Cardiff, Wales
    6/24/16
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    "Fine story but a tad overlong"
    Would you try another book written by Oscar Wilde or narrated by Simon Vance?

    Not by Oscar Wilde, but narrated by Simon Vance, yes.


    What was most disappointing about Oscar Wilde’s story?

    It seemed overlong, as there isn't that much of a story here to be honest!


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His narration is always excellent. You always know when it's a character talking and when he's reading the text, and his subtle differences in performance always make the various characters distinguishable.


    Was The Picture of Dorian Gray worth the listening time?

    Not really. I'm glad I've listened to it (another one ticked off the bucket list!) but wouldn't listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    The slight plot would seem better suited to a short story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imelda
    6/18/16
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    "Always a pleasure"

    I have enjoyed the novel many times, in this audio version it is brought to life beautifully

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Gull
    5/26/16
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    "loved it"

    Loved this immortal classic of gothic fiction. Deep, philosophical, yet witty and sufficiently easy to digest. Simon Vance's experienced voice performance also adds that little extra something.

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  • HA
    9/2/15
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    "Excellent"

    Good book well read. wanted the ending to be in keeping with the drama of the rest of the book. still very enjoyable

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  • Oxleygirlie
    7/13/15
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    "Totally different to the film"
    Would you listen to The Picture of Dorian Gray again? Why?

    Yes I would. It was a little slow to get going and I found it difficult to recognise the different characters. I had watched the film and was delighted to find the book was far more in depth with a broader aspect


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dorian; he appeared so innocent to start with and it was sad to see what greed, vanity & society did to him


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Excellent and beautifully read


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No idea?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cristina Schek
    1/8/15
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    "A little bit of Wilde goes a long way!"
    Would you listen to The Picture of Dorian Gray again? Why?

    Yes, I would. Because it's so truthful and blunt.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Picture of Dorian Gray?

    “What of Art?
    -It is a malady.
    --Love?
    -An Illusion.
    --Religion?
    -The fashionable substitute for Belief.
    --You are a sceptic.
    -Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
    --What are you?
    -To define is to limit.”


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    His incredible ability of creating a different voice for each character.


    Any additional comments?

    Oscar Wilde is fabulous, and clever, and impossibly witty. And Oscar Wilde knows it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GenKan
    7/24/14
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    "Simply breathtaking"
    What other book might you compare The Picture of Dorian Gray to, and why?

    Great Gatsby since both contain twisted views on love


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Fantastic from start to finish, using different voices when the characters speak was flawless. Gave even more depth to the already colorful characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Dorian found out the picture changed, the different stages and that his view of how to live his life would be so different from mine.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books Ive enjoyed, wished I had read it as a kid. Lots of life tips on how and what shapes shallowness, romance, arrogance and passion can take.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hfffoman
    Kent
    4/24/15
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    "A contrary view"
    Would you try another book written by Oscar Wilde or narrated by Simon Vance?

    Simon Vance, yes. Oscar Wilde no.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Oscar Wilde again?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Oscar Wilde's writing is renowned for its intelligence and wit. I found it so irritating I couldn't read beyond a couple of chapters.

    The first problem for me was the pompous chatter of pompous people who have never done a day of work. For some reason, it is wonderful to read Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and many others writing about people who fall in the same category, but Oscar Wilde's characters were, for me, dull and annoying.

    An even bigger problem is the famous Oscar Wilde wit. Every few lines we meet a comment which at first glance sounds pithy, witty and wise. After a while I found that most of them were not clever and wise but over-clever, contrived and pretentious

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • CGrant1978
    8/16/10
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    "Not bad version"

    although a few of the characters aren't brought to life in a truely believable way this is a fairly good recording of Oscar Wilde's great novel. The narration is well paced and the story comes across well.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    11/18/15
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    "classic narrative."

    a truly brilliant piece of narrative and good for us to hear it in its true form. however it is difficult to settle in to as the way it was written and therefore preformed is the 1800s

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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