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Rupert Graves is an impeccable narrator who moves from character to character with deceptive ease. Wilde's most famous lines and the general thrust of the story has been preserved in this abridge edition; however, it is not as satisfying as reading the book.
While Rupert Graves engaging performance helped to smooth the rather "jump-cut" nature of the scene transitions and made for an entertaining few hours of listening, a few too many cuts have been made to the story's timeline. Those unfamiliar with the story may become frustrated with the lack of timeline markers until the timeline is re-established toward the end of the story.
Four out of five for the abridgment. Five out of five for performance.
Would you try another book from Oscar Wilde and/or Rupert Graves?
Rupert Graves, most certainly. I'm uncertain of trying Wilde again as I don't know whether to blame the book on the Abridged cut or his storytelling style. The Abridged cut of this book causes it to jump from scene to scene with no diserable pauses to help illustrate the breaks or haow much time has passed. I feel as though I am getting disjointed snippets of a larger tale, but without enough in the snippets to make good sense of the tale overall. As this was my first attempt to take in the Dorian Gray book, I dropped it as too frustrating to attempt to follow for an entire book.
Has The Picture of Dorian Gray turned you off from other books in this genre?
Have you listened to any of Rupert Graves’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not, but his reading is quality and professional.