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Brought to you by Penguin.   

This Penguin Classic is performed by Ben Barnes, star of the film adaptation of Dorian Gray, also known for his roles in Westworld and The Chronicles of Narnia. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Robert Mighall. 

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succès de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Absolutely exquisite

I haven't read anything this brilliant in a long time, I got the audiobook specifically to support Mr. Barnes, however this book is thrilling in ways I hadn't expected. People kept asking if I was reading for a university class, but it had just caught my attention that deeply, that I had to read it. Oscar Wilde was an amazing author and invoked my innermost poet. I didn't want to finish the book, it was that good. I will definitely read it again soon. Truly divine.

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Thoroughly Satisfying

The characters and content of this book are incredibly complex and Ben Barnes manages to capture every bit of the magic of the story. Warmly reccommend

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lets be short,I LOVED IT!

It was absolutely amazing.Narrator is a babe what else do we expect from him.PERFECTION! believe it or not it helps me with my sleeping schedule.Not even kidding xD

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Recommend this version

The reader was absolutely magnificent two thumbs up! Great job Ben Barnes! I was all into it.

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Absolutely loved it

This was one of my favorite books that I read in high school and Ben Barnes’s narration is absolutely fantastic!

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Great book

It’s sad that Victorians were so caught up about “sins” that most people today would have far more compassion about. Dorian Gray is actually a pretty good guy. His worst crime... well, I won’t give that away. It’s a good book. I enjoyed it. Even though I liked the immoral characters the best. NOTE TO AUDIBLE: ADVERTISEMENTS AT THE END OF BOOKS RUINS THE EFFECT OF THE ENDING. PLEASE STOP IT.

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but needs more translations, less english lit

worth it for the introduction alone (this is not the best version to buy on audible) penguin classics really needs to put more TRANSLATED classics on audible because penguin classics has superior translations than what's currently available. (not sure why they thought we needed another picture of dorian gray audiobook)

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Perfect Narrator!

Some might say I am extremely biased, given my adoration for Ben Barnes, but I promise you, I've judged this fairly. Mr. Barnes is a perfect narrator for this, his voice is complimentary to Wilde's story. He brings us back to Dorian Gray's life and times, the highs and lows, the horror. It's a rich story and he reads it perfectly. I was intrigued from the very beginning to the very end. I'm not a big audiobook person, but I love this. Bravo, Ben!

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Listening to BenBarnes is a pleasure. The plot leaves one speechless. OscarWilde is a must.

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Amazing

I’ve put off reading Dorian Gray for no apparent reason. I’m very happy I waited until I was able to listen to Ben Barnes read it to me. Oscar Wilde is genius. The story is as relevant today as when wrote. And Ben Barnes is splendid. I’m going to miss hearing him.

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  • 10-21-20

Definitely Worth Listening To

This is the first Oscar Wilde work I have read (listened to) and I was not disappointed. His use of language and turn of phrase are wonderful. I knew the basic premise of the story - it is so well known - but to hear/read it in full is something I would recommend to everyone with an interest in human nature. The narrator did a good job and made this an enjoyable listen. My reason for giving four, rather than five, stars is that there could perhaps have been just a little more distinction between the voicing of the two main characters. Occasionally it wasn't clear which one was speaking. Overall though I would definitely recommend this.

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  • Linsey
  • 07-05-20

peaks and troughs

Found this book a bit of a roller coaster, interesting at the start, a bit of a lull in the middle, and then the final 4 chapters were brilliant. Highly recommended but stick with it if you find some of the chapters a little repetitive and dull, its worth it in the end!

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  • Graziana
  • 03-06-20

compelling story and beautiful narration

I loved to listen to this book after reading it in the Italian translation more then twenty years ago. Ben Barnes was great, to the point that I forgot it was him who was reading.

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  • TCBseller20
  • 02-05-20

Boring.

Love the whole concept of Dorian Gray but this audible just bored me. Maybe it was the narrator I don’t know. I had to return it for fear of boredom again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-20

One of the best books I've listened too!

First time I've read any oscar wilde and it certainly lived up to expectations. Exquisitely written with such rich language and excellently narrated. The narrator does a wonderful rendition.