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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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    Andre 12-27-16
    Andre 12-27-16
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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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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2017
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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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    Stephen Shapiro 08-17-16
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    "Brilliant on all levels"

    As always Simon Vance was incredible.

    This is a powerful story. So well written. Interesting philosophies. The preface in itself was fascinating.

    If I could give this more stars I would.

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    Josh 01-06-16
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    "Fantastic narration"

    The narration, the tone, rate and manner of speech perfectly fit the characters. It really brings them alive. The female voices can be a bit silly, but there are only very occasional female speaking characters.

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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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    3/10/15
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    "A perfect introduction to audiobooks"

    Audiobooks have come a long way from the cassette versions I borrowed from the public libraries some thirty years ago though the core remains the narrator's ability to draw the listener in. The obvious limitations of a solo performance are offset by the ingenuity in creating distinct personalities without slipping into parody or heavy bombast (listeners of Warhammer audiobooks will attest to this).

    So it was a treat to try a book on the spur of the moment and for the satisfaction it provided it was certainly a fine example of what to expect. The book itself holds as well as it ever has and Vance is a fine narrator. At some junctures you do realise the lack of a female voice lends itself near enough to comedy in an attempt to avoid outright falsetto but listening to the tale made me realise there's far more to art of narration than I realised. So not only a fine few hours listening but a good way to assess future purchases. Well worth the listen, I look forward to hearing from Mr Vance in the near future.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SnapWriter
    London, UK
    10/29/15
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    "Recommended and well read"

    The Picture of Dorian Gray, narrated by Simon Vince

    Add this to your great novel collection, along with Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and Jekyll and Hyde. Simon Vance is, for me, the best dramatic audio performer for horror fiction. This will be a constant replay, along with the most complete vampire collection ever published. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • L. McCulloch
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    2/18/15
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    "Brilliant"

    My first experience of Oscar Wilde. Thrilling story, perfectly narrated. Quite poignant given the author's later experiences and early death.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • trish1400
    Isle of Man, UK
    2/4/13
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    "Strange but enjoyable"

    One of those classic books where the title is very familiar to me but the plot wasn't familiar at all. It was extremely well narrated but I do think some of the genius of the book is lost by hearing it in audiobook form, it's too easy to get distracted. I think I'll go back and listen to Lord Henry's great hedonistic speeches again to appreciate them fully.



    It reminded me of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, in that I didn't have any real sympathy for the main character but perversely enjoyed watching the story unfold anyway.



    I'm amazed it was written in the Victoria era (1890), I thought the themes in the book only became popular in the 1920s.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kristi
    12/20/15
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    "absolute classic"

    Oh my word how I love Oscar Wilde! There is very little I don't love about his writing and this particular one is my favourite. Humerus, beautifully written, sad and really makes you consider your own mortality and vanity. Classic story and excellent narration

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • F. Wynn
    9/19/15
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    "A Masterpiece"

    This was excellent in all .
    A wonderful story read with great sensitivity . The narrator brought every character and scene to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • gadgetman
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    11/30/14
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    "Excellent reading of a classic story"
    Where does The Picture of Dorian Gray rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the classics I had always intended to read again. It ranks in the top half of my library favourites ,but that library is extensive, so to put it in the top twenty of my 'classics' selection would be accurate.


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

    no one moment stands out but the story draws one in very convincingly.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    The narration brings to life a number of elements in the story very well and would recommend this version to other listeners.


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

    It would have been a possible read in one sitting although I listened to it over three or four days as I like to contemplate the developments and assess my understanding of the story .


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ehab
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    10/30/09
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    "A picture, terrifies more than a thousand words?"

    The tumultuous journey of a soul? The majestic progress of darkness? No escape, not in London high society, nor in Dickensian quarters. Audible listeners: you?re in for a treat. To Simon Vance?s narration, two words: OUTSTANDING! BRAVO!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • AJ Beadel
    8/27/17
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    "Surprisingly dull - but best narration on Audible"
    What would have made The Picture of Dorian Gray better?

    Better cover art.
    Better story.
    Better pacing.


    What could Oscar Wilde have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I had thought that this would be an detailed and interesting study in corruption of innocence and the nature of aging, but actually it was badly paced, tangential and often boring.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

    The narration was very good. I listened to the samples of all available versions of this book, and Simon Vance was definitely the best choice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Such disappointment. Shocked that this is many people's favourite book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juan Fandino
    8/3/17
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    "Brilliantly captivating"

    Loved this book. Always liked this story but had only ever seen this character in a few movies. Now I know the real deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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