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Publisher's Summary

If only I could remain young while the picture grows old. For that I’d give anything....

When Dorian Gray, a handsome young man about town, makes this wish, he can hardly guess that it will mark the beginning of a life of hedonism and debauchery. Soon enough his webs of deception and deceit catch innocent victims, some of them his closest friends, and the only evidence of his misdeeds is a long-forgotten portrait in his attic....

Oscar Wilde’s notorious novel is presented in this tense, full-cast audiobook adaptation, dramatised by David Llewellyn.

The release also includes the first episode of 'The Confessions of Dorian Gray: This World Our Hell' and a selection of James Dunlop’s music from the series.

©2013 Big Finish Productions (P)2013 Big Finish Productions

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Utterly beautiful. Extraordinary.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray to be better than the print version?

Of course not. The picture of Dorian Gray is one of the masterpieces of English literature. No narrator can do justice to the beauty of the prose.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lord Henry Wotton. You can memorise everything he says and include it in any speech that you have an opportunity to give. But Dorian Gray was the best performed.

Which scene was your favorite?

A critical scene which would entirely spoil the story for people who haven't read the book.

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

Be careful what you wish for

Any additional comments?

There's a reason why I didn't get the unabridged version of the audiobook. Actually I did buy one initially after selecting the best sounding sample and was so disappointed with the narration that I had to return it. The Picture of Dorian Gray cannot be narrated "as-is". The prose is way too beautiful for any narrator to do justice to. Instead the dramatised version captures the mood, the thrill and the dark tones of the book perfectly. The actors have done a remarkable job in exploiting the essence of the plot. The background sounds and music make the story come alive. Incredibly well produced and perfectly performed, The Picture of Dorian Gray is quite simply, amazing. I have now developed a new respect for dramatised versions of novels. This dramatised version is a must have.

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loved it

fantastic diction and character work. lovely job by all. sound dropped a bit to low during the flashbacks but that could have been my device.

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Short but Sweet

Nice adaptation, with some tidbits at the end for fans of the series Confessions of Dorian Gray. Note It's only about two hours of story though.

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  • J. A. Finnerty
  • 12-20-16

Ahead of it's time

We sometimes forget that Oscar Wilde was writing in the late 19th century . Revisiting his works recently i see he was ahead of his time in so many ways. Performance excellent especially Alex Valhos whose easy to listen to characterisation of Gray and story narration adds to the enjoyment. Highly recommended

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  • RickG73
  • 02-04-18

Love the story of Dorian Gray.

Fantastic story. Loved it and loved the film. Looking forward to The Confessions of Dorian Gray..

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  • JazzyLassy
  • 02-21-18

Wonderfully atmospheric, brilliantly told.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dramatized) to be better than the print version?

I don't consider it better, just another way to enjoy the book.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other narrations by Alexander Vlahos but I will now. He brought a lot to this wonderful novel.

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

No. I bought it to tap into when I can and have really enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant novel. Brilliant narrator. Mr Vlahos has a smooth voice and was very easy to listen to. Definitely a find.