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The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray

By: Oscar Wilde,Nicholas Frankel - editor
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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Over 120 years after Oscar Wilde submitted The Picture of Dorian Gray for publication, the uncensored version of his novel appears here for the first time in audio. This volume restores material, including instances of graphic homosexual content, removed by the novel's first editor, who feared it would be "offensive" to Victorians.

©1962, 2000, 2011 The Estate of Oscar Wilde; Additional content copyright 2011 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College (P)2021 Tantor

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A Classic, But Not Here

No question that The Picture Of Dorian Gray is a classic, but this rendition, along with a lengthy telling of the editing ad nauseum, is really dull. After the first telling of the manuscript edits and the culture of the times and Oscar Wilde's persecution, then the second and the third and the fourth, I was ready for the actual book, already.
Then the book. A really wonderful story, but so stilted with the Victorian attitude and so overly Victorian flowery language and so much telling, not showing, that I really lost interest. A large part was descriptions of jewels and clothing and furniture and objects that began to sound like a seminar on Victorian objects. So Dorian's descent into decadent madness lost its affect.
And the characters were not clearly defined at all and I lost track of who was talking and who they were.
I realize this was written at a time when it was scandalous to even suggest homosexuality, but that attitude is so long gone, that it makes this book not relevant unless continually reminded of the times.
I think I will watch one of the movies instead.

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badly organized

skip the first ~2 hours. for some reason they included a ton of detail before the story that could have been summarized into a few sentences and then said to listen to the appendix. and I lost interest about 2 hours from the end. there were tons of lists of things and it got really boring. I skipped forward and things got marginally better

all in all it was a good read, classic story, most of the narration was excellent. but some of it was really dull as well.

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Enjoyable and Thought Provoking

Wilde has such an incredible gift for delivering deep, provocative perspectives of life while simultaneously maintaining an engrossing story. The wit he gives Lord Henry balances such lofty opinions, preventing him from being read as a dull pretentious character.

The narrator was phenomenal and I assume he is some kind of actor. Each character has a different voice making it a much more lively read (I read the book whilst listening). His pronunciations of the decent amount of French terms and excerpts used was flawless. There were only some moments where I read the line with a slightly different emotion or tone than that used by the narrator but that’s just the subjectivity of dialogue in novels.

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The back story

Some suggested skipping the history. The commentary helped me beter understand Wilde and the story.

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An Aithiests Bible

Only in England they would execute Oscar Wilde, And his crime was to love another and his constant pompous like behavior, and his naive mindset.
The Book itself did not need the first three chapters, but after that you will be treated to a master story teller stitch verbiage in a seamless manner. I ran into many a sinful acts, but at the same time, more beauty filled pages. I have no doubt it will question yourself, and again man misinterpret the Bible, but thats never enough, is it?
They manufacture Law in the name of an all loving God, and one day, many lawmakers will pay with flesh. Anyway, I would recommend this book strongly, and it could of helped Dorian lead a better life.

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Revealing alterations

I'd not read Wilde's classic until now. I was surprised how unscandalous it was to my ears: nothing overt described.

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SO MUCH BETTER than the edited versions!

First off it says "uncensored" which only means uncensored by the editors. It's a PG13 for violence, not sex. I couldn't finish the edited version because of all the waffling philosophy from Lord Henry. This original version has brief and very streamlined philosophical debates, and the whole thing just works so much better. It's a slick story about relationships and how people treat each other and the morals that drive them, or lack or morals. The foreword makes so much sense of why the edited versions were published instead of this original version, and the culture that Oscar Wilde was writing and living in that shapes this story. The story feels very modern in its composition, but has a timeless moral, and is of course a time capsule of the society of the time. So so so so so good, trash the edited versions and install this in your bookshelf instead. And the narrator is 5 stars, lovely voice that emotes well and there is much emoting to be done.