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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (856 ratings)
Regular price: $19.95
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Publisher's Summary

A young man commits all types of sins, but only his portrait shows the ravages of his life. Oscar Wilde's Faustian classic. Gothic horror at its best.

Public Domain (P)2016 Trout Lake Media

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Loved This One!

This book depicts much of what life is like today with the average narcissistic personality type. It's scary how current and ahead of his time the writer, Oscar Wilde was. I enjoyed this book and I'm certain it will be very good reading for others as well. Keep up the great work Audible!

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As awesome as the classic movie, & then some!

The old gothic movie of the same name has always been one of my favorites...a creepy dark tale that was made from the book with a strange & unique plot. Both the movie & the book are unforgetable classics, & Oscar Wilde is a genius as an author of the macabre.

BB & MM...Jade Dragon

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Bad Narration of a Great Novel

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic for so many reasons. It's a wonderful novel by a true master of plot and dialogue. But this particular edition is not a good one. The narrator READS well enough. But the voicing is horrible. The opening characters are young and bright, but the Batchelor makes them seem old and jaded.

The characters in this work needs to be voiced by a young narrator. Don't listen to this version.

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Disappointing narration of a classic.

The story as ever is a brilliant classic. Very gripping and entertaining. However the narrator was a poor choice. His character voices are at times hard to hear, nearly all sound the same, and make it hard to tell when a shift of speaker takes place. Read it yourself before listening to it here.

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Well done and unexpected magical realism

I was thoroughly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. Typically classic literature floats a few miles above my head as it passes me by, and I have to work hard to understand what's going on with symbolism and thematic elements. The exact opposite is true of Dorian Grey. It's extremely accessible and well written. I found myself disgusted with characters, nervous, uncomfortable, and shocked. It's a whirlwind of a story that keeps on serving until the very end. As for the narration, and old British guy voicing a bunch of old British guys leads to a little bit of blending of voices. It's not bad though. I found it easy to drift off and not pay attention though - perhaps due to tone or something like that.

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Such a weird story

Honestly the story is really weird. I am sure at the time it was quite scandalous. However, I was interested and was able to finish it feeling entertained.

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Ugly book for an ugly ideology.

the main characters in this book are so vile, shallow, and inhuman. they are prone to long speeches and incapable of holding "normal" dialogue. a while chapter (over an hour) is spent listing as many unique and exotic instruments as possible - this is done under the guise of building out the world of Dorian but just feels like Wilde found a thesoras for the first time and thought he was getting paid by the word.

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Eloquently timeless and thought- provoking...

This book offers listeners an intriguing philosophical and psychological portrayal of the ever enduring arguments associated with Vice and virtue.

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I loved it

great book. narrator was good, a little older sounding for some of the characters but that was ok.

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A glimpse into the duality of mankind.

This book offers insight into the encounter with shadow. To know the darkest part of onself enriches and envigorares the struggle for goodness.

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  • 06-29-16

great story, lost concentration a bit

I wanted to listen to a classic and wasn't disappointed. the narrator puts on different voices for the different characters so it is easier to follow

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  • Dez
  • 06-01-18

Awful narration

I so wanted to listen to this book, but the narration was truly awful. I don’t like to post negative things anywhere, but I had to stop listening to this. I tried reading the book instead, but the narrator’s awful characterisation came into my head and spoiled it.

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  • Bethany Fisher
  • 08-10-18

Wow

I should've read this years ago; a great classic worth listening to. would recommend :)

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  • Suswati
  • 04-08-17

Gruesome, grisly, gothic horror

There is no true horror than the horror humans create themselves. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic tale of hubris and vanity, and the sins that associate themselves with such. Oscar Wilde's maccabre style is fascinating for its time, and the idea that the painting is a representation of his Gray's own soul is intelligent. The only downside to this reading was the narrator who made hardly any differentiation between the voices, so at points made it difficult to follow the characters. His voice was also quite monotonous.

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  • Amanda Newman
  • 12-07-16

Okay

It was very exciting however there were some chapters that seemed to drag on and I got confused over who the narrator was speaking for as his tone didn't change unless it was for a girl.

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  • Dawn Barstow
  • 09-26-17

Brilliant

Absolutely loved this novel - gothic at it's best. would recommend. narrated very well :)

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  • Tamaz
  • 05-17-17

adequetly performed, great story

the reader does a decent job of reading this classic, great price for the download

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  • Me
  • 04-04-17

Brilliantly written, beautifully read

Enchanting, descriptive and thought provoking are just a few words to describe this masterpiece, would recommend to anyone interesting in the curious literature of the late 19th and early 20th century. Thank you

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  • Chino
  • 12-10-16

a bit muffled in places but love the story

The story could do with having maybe one more narrator, sometimes hard to listen to an old man impersonate a young woman

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