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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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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.