The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • by Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by Greg Wise
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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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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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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-25-2009
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks