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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
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Oscar Wilde's only published full-length novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth. As Basil Hallward, an aspiring artist, puts a few touches on a portrait of his handsome young friend Dorian Gray, Gray wishes that the portrait might grow old while he remains forever young. While Dorian Gray spends his life pursuing fresh experiences and new sensations, his looks do not change. However, the portrait, secretly hidden in the attic of his residence and with which he has grown increasingly obsessed, does. More and more, as Dorian struggles to hide his true identity, the portrait reveals his progressive pathway to dissolution.

Public Domain (P)1999, 2017 Audio Literature / Phoenix Books

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A classic but depressing story

Starts out very thought provoking and then becomes very monotonous and depressing. Still it is a classic, a novel idea and a poignant story of what happens when you don't have any "skin in the game" and do not bear the consequences of your actions. The reader does a good job.

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Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is amazing! he did such a wonderful job this with reading, he really did a stellar job with the different accents and voices for each characters.

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Incredible performance of a chilling classic!

I never tire of hearing Stephen Fry bring classic literature to life. A brilliant interpretation.

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Does not match the book

I listen and follow with book which is my own preference, but this audio book does not match the book. I even tried to match with three different copies of the book but no success. I am starting to imagine that it is an shorter version.

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Wonderful Story Amazing Performance

This story is brought to life with a well paced and rounded performance. A pleasure to listen to.

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A dreadful wonder to behold

Its a lovely jumble of psycological and mortal conflict, and i loved every second of it. It was both more and exactly what i had expected from a literary classic. Allowing oneself to truly devote the time that is spent on listening to the story and not merely hearing it, truly does make a difference when experiencing this wonderful piece of literary art.

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One of the best audiobooks ever

I think this is the best audiobook that I heard so far. Stephen Fry is, with no doubt, the best reader here in Audible.

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Amazing story and narration

This is my new favorite book of fiction, so elegantly written, and such a creepy story. The narration was a joy to listen to.

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Masterful narration; boring story

Stephen Fry does a wonderful job narrating but I couldn't get into the old story

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you will certainly enjoy this book

way good.

way better written than this review.

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  • Elle
  • 01-08-19

Abridged version!!

Fry does a fabulous job narrating as per usual, but I was incredibly disappointed to realise that this was an abridged version of Wilde's only novel. I won't return the title but why would you spoil it like this? Very frustrating.

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  • Tingers
  • 04-28-19

Masterpiece

One of the most quotable books I've ever read. Hilarious, mysterious, compelling, inspiring and at times a bit scary! Brilliant short story and Steven Fry is a fantastic choice for narrator. Perfect tone, pace and delivery. Great!

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  • AmaJon
  • 04-19-19

Fade from Gray

Excellent narration by Stephen Fry, great story of self corruption and society. Well worth listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-19

Extraordinary

A must-read for everyone loving The gothic horror genre. Stephen Fry really gave this a perfekt touch. Loved it.

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  • ira41
  • 01-15-19

It's captivating!

Loved it! Beautifully read by Stephen Fry.
Full of fascinating and witty conversations that make up this remarkable novel.

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  • Charles King-Tenison
  • 12-28-18

Enchanting piece of art!

This book is indescribably good. It truly is worth a listen, as it is: short in length, fantastic plot, accessible yet brilliant language and is crafted in such a beautiful way!

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  • Victoria Zaborov
  • 07-06-18

Unbelievable!

This must be one of my favorite books and hearing it read by Stephen Fry was unbelievable!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-18

Perfect narrator for the Wildean tragedy

Couldn't stop listening - Stephen Fry's enthusiastic narration makes Dorian Gray's clever, harrowing tale even more delightful.

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  • Jess H
  • 04-20-18

Amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book - the commentary from Stephen Fry, the story, the pace - all of it. It is a fantastic piece of literature. Importantly it is still relevant in today’s world and the use of language is wonderful. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-18

Stephen Fry musn't of left his house

great rendition of a classic, can't beat Stephen Fry he should do every book on audible

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  • Primrose
  • 11-02-19

Steven Fry's voice is amazing!

I could listen to Steven Fry's voice all day. Fantastic book, spoken in a beautiful way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-19

Exquisite

Tremendous rendition of a timeless classic. Stephen Fry’s enthusiasm gives glory to Oscar Wilde’s work

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-12-19

narration so good he becomes forgotten

Stefan Frys narration was so gripping and had a good enough range that I was lost in the story. absolutely loved it.

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  • karen dawson
  • 03-10-19

My new favourite book

I loved this. Beautifully wtitten. Read by the most appropriate person!!
Highly entertaining. Clever and witty

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-19

Wilde without Fry is unthinkable

The perfect weekend distraction, Stephen Fry brings the book to life. Gripping from end-to.end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-18

oh boy did i love this book. Please read it.

i loved it so much, love the story line and it's fun from the first word to the last. You won't regret reading this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-18

all time classic, that is more relevant each day.

classic tale that highlights the destructive nature of appearance and facade. more relevant than ever, gray highlights youth, corrupted by the rich and powerful for their own gratification, eventually falling into the condition of beauty is all that matters, sealing his fate as an outcast, beautiful but despised

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-17

Amazing

Not only one of the worlds greatest writers but read by the worlds best readers and voice of my time.