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Publisher's Summary

Oscar Wilde's enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde's remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!
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5 out of 5 stars
By IRP on 06-10-10

Very Well Done- Great Narrator

This is the first book of Oscar Wilde's that I have ever listened to. It was a very entertaining book. It is well written and Wilde's wit as expressed through Lord Henry Wotten is extremely entertaining. I also thought that Greg Wise did a great job with the narration. I highly recommend it

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3 out of 5 stars
By SLB on 07-19-15

A very mixed bag

Would you try another book from Oscar Wilde and/or Greg Wise?

I like Oscar Wilde very much. The Portrait of Dorian Gray is a bit of a mixed bag, however. Wilde is at his best when he's pity, with flashes of brilliant insight or humor. TPODG is supposed to be against vanity and selfishness, and yet it is exactly a picture of Wilde's own vanity and selfishness. He can't cut back on his words, can't shorten his descriptions. He wants you to know how many things he knows, how superior he is in his taste and judgement to you, the reader. It could be written in half the words, and perhaps it should have been. It's the only thing Wilde ever wrote that I found myself bored by.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I was sadly disappointed in Greg Wise. I chose his reading because I like the tone of his voice best. His characterizations, however, left me somewhat cold. I found it dreary rather than sensual and exotic.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dinah on 03-27-14

Dorian Gray's Story Beautifully Narrated

Where does The Picture of Dorian Gray rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Picture of Dorian Gray has always been one of my favourite novels; this is a favourite audiobook because of the wonderful narration.

What did you like best about this story?

In this audio version of the story, I enjoyed the emotion of the reading, by a very good actor. The dramatic ending really benefits from this.

Which character – as performed by Greg Wise – was your favourite?

Greg Wise really becomes Dorian Gray.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The drama of the ending really moved me as did its sadness.

Any additional comments?

This is an example of what Audible does best; that is to take a classic and bring it to life with an excellent narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 10-08-12

"The only thing worse than being talked about,

is not being talked about."

Probably my favourite quote from the book.

I watched the 2009 movie before listening to the book. I thought this might be a mistake, as Colin Firth would forever became Lord Henry. However, the book is so powerful, and the characters come to life more, and soon my own vision had elbowed Mr Firth from my imagination.

The philosophy is deep, hard to really concentrate on in the car but good for digesting at home if you have a spare evening. The plot is thrilling and it doesn't matter if you know the ending, it's still a gripping tale. There is so much suspense, and just enough unsaid that it leaves your mind running free. What did Dorian write on the piece of paper that he passed to Alan Campbell? Well shall never know, it's best not to know!

I keep coming back to turn of the century fiction for some reason. It's heavy, but does not disappoint. If you like Sherlock Holmes, or Great Expectations, you'll love this.

Now onto something lighter!

Greg Wise is another example of an excellent narrator, not annoying, plenty of voices and consistent throughout. Great job!

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