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What made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray the most enjoyable?
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a stunningly beautiful book, among my very favourites. I had not read it for many years when I stumbled upon this performance of it, and it has instantly rocketed to the top of the "Top 10" list in my Audible library.
This cautionary, "be careful what you wish for" tale contains many of Oscar Wilde's most celebrated lines, including my personal favourite, "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." Beautiful-but-outrageous dialogue like this brings a lightness and some comedy to this otherwise sad story.
I'm not sure if I've ever given 5 stars across the board before, but this performance of this wonderful book is surely deserving of it. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?
Prebble gives a near-perfect performance. Each character has a distinctive voice, but the distinctions are subtle and totally believable, unlike some narrators who I think go overboard. His "Basil Hallwood" in particular is beautifully human; every ounce of the characters kindness, and his love for Dorian, comes shining through.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Certainly. It's one of those must-read books that I never read before.
What did you like best about this story?
The writing is exceedingly witty but depressingly cynical. What I liked LEAST about the story is that Lord Henry, having amused himself setting up and observing his little social experiment for 18 years, suffers no pangs or punishment. But then, I suppose this is a lot like real life...
Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Prebble never disappoints.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The leisure class - gack! There are enough literary portrayals of this class and time that at least some of it must be true. Lives boasting no notable accomplishment other than having picked the right ancestors from whom to inherit. Lives lived with no occupation but dining out, attending theater, and "calling on" one another. The class, gender and race prejudice is astounding. Did no one miss the sense of having done something useful?
Any additional comments?
A language of drama and absolutes. You would fit right in if you could learn to say: "I can't BEAR it!" "You must/must not," "I will not allow it." "Oh, DO (insert any verb here - stay, go, sit.)" "My DEAR (insert any name here.)" Frankly, having any conversation with these people would have worn me out. (Sorry. Would have QUITE have worn me out.)
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No one but Prebble could interpret so well the languid tones and phlegm of Lord Henry. In the narrator's voice I could visualise the character's affected smile and slow gestures. Dorian also, from a youthful voice at first, becomes more detached, sophisticated, and Lord Henry-like in tones as the book develops. I cannot think of a more appropriate narrator. This is a priceless interpretation of the The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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