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The Picture of Dorian Gray Audiobook

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Hector Newark, New Jersey, United States 10-27-11
    Hector Newark, New Jersey, United States 10-27-11
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    "A Wilde ride into human vanity"
    What made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray the most enjoyable?

    The story... this is one of my favorite books because of the clear depiction of human nature and the intelligently amusing wilde narrative, which Mr Vance's voice manages to enhance.


    What other book might you compare The Picture of Dorian Gray to and why?

    Maybe some titles by Kundera, the characters that is.


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

    Lord Henry, clearly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

    I didnt think the audiobook would actually match the experience of reading the book... it draws you to keep listening to it all in one sitting. Great performance by Simon Vance.

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    artistmx 10-20-11
    artistmx 10-20-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Dorian Gray"

    As a portrait painter I really listening to this book as I worked on a portrait. There were some real inspirational lines in the book that inspired me. This is a good read/ listen and you will enjoy it.

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    Christal 05-20-10
    Christal 05-20-10
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    "Great Listen"

    I really enjoyed this book. There was humor, sadness, a little intrigue and a moral. I think anyone who is interested in literature should give this one a try. Very well written and the reader was great also.

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    Diane 01-03-10
    Diane 01-03-10
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    "a great classic and great narrator"

    i really enjoyed this classic - great story and very well read - narrator is great and makes the story even better. good from start to finish.

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    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 12-21-09
    Caryl SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States 12-21-09 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic what more needs to be said"

    The writing is excellent, narration is great. The story line is a painting of the Victorian age, the morality is timeless. A person would want to explore the thoughts of those times to enjoy.

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    Lucian of Samosata 05-27-16

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    "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Competently written narrative but absolutely ridiculous and unbelievable dialogue between some English snobs. Did people actually talk like this? To say nothing of the incessant themes of misogyny and latent homosexuality. A horribly dated and largely forgettable book.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth your time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chelly Las Vegas 06-03-13
    Chelly Las Vegas 06-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Modernism at it's best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they wanted something classic and lovely, sure. The movie didn't really give it much justice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, I guess Dorian. I can't blame him for doing all he did. It just sucks how things ended up.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh definitely. Old books are hard for me to read because it doesn't flow right in my brain. But having it read to me, I listened and played attention and got so much more out of the story that if I had read it myself.


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

    If anything, it made me miss college.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm pretty sure I only liked this because I learned about it in class. That's probably why I didn't care for the Great Gatsby.

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    Sean 04-24-12
    Sean 04-24-12

    Sean

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    "Dorian Gray Excellent Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Certainly! It held my attention and I was intrigued by the premise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dorian, a tortured soul who really does want to do right.


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

    no this was my first and I thoroughly enjoyed it!


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

    If I had the time yes.


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    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-15-12
    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "life is a picture paint it well"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray to be better than the print version?

    i couldn't tell you - never read the print version


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

    the memory of seeing "wilde" - the movie about oscar wilde's life, and how remarkably similar this book is to the goings on in the author's life.


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

    couldn't say


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

    no - after awhile, it does get a bit old though - all the witty observations, at first playful and fun, get a bit tedious and later too much.


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    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 12-20-11
    Cassandra Bloomington, IL, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A good listen"

    I purchased this audio book in spite of having seen the movie. It was a good listen but not outstanding. It held my interest so no real complaints here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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