The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • by Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by David McCallion
  • 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by Oscar Wilde, tells the story of a handsome young man who is befriended by a painter, Basil Hallward, and becomes the inspiration for his work. The young man is also introduced to one of Basil's friends, the hedonistic aristocrat Lord Henry Wotton, who enthralls Dorian by sharing with him his philosophies and ideals about life, including his belief that youth is the most precious and important thing in the world.
When Dorian is given a painting of himself by Basil he is suddenly struck by his own beauty and with the words of Lord Henry still fresh in his ears he wishes that the painting would be the one to grow old while he retained his youth. He falls in love with a young actress, but when her life is tragically cut short he decides to follow Lord Henry's advice and spends the next several years in pursuit of every sordid pleasure he can find, inspired by a book which was given to him by his older friend. But while he remains young, his portrait, now hidden away from the world, collects the scars of every sin he commits.
The book was written in 1891 and was the only novel written by Wilde, it was originally serialized in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine but was considered morally indecent by the editors who censored several parts without consulting the author.

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Good listen. Beautifully paced read!

The reader read beautifully with perfect pitch & pace. I most definitely recommend this narrator. This book is a florally-descriptive, sinister, classic. It belongs in your library.
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- Nic Nac

Great addition to your collection...

One of the most intriguing stories of Oscar Wilde's, The Picture of Dorian Gray begins with a classic opening of innocence, one that we can all certainly relate to. A young man, Dorian, is the talk of London town; everyone wants to meet him, everyone wants to befriend him, and those that are fortunate to do so quickly become entranced by his seeming perfection. Even the painter Basil Hallward, who is commissioned to create lavish paintings of Dorian, becomes a close friend of the young man. Yet there is one dare I say negative attribute of Dorian's that is made extremely clear when he meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's. That his age and innocence makes him easy to influence, which is just what Lord Henry does.

Much to Basil's dismay - and mine, as well - Dorian experiences a slight fall from grace in which he is persuaded by Lord Henry to pursue a life of pleasure, failing to take into account the effect this new lifestyle might have on others. David McCallion's gentle reading of the text does well to properly convey all emotions and nuances of the characters, which is enough to keep the reader hanging by a loose thread until he pulls you in swiftly and completely. Bottom line this version of The Picture of Dorian Gray is a great addition to anyone's collection!
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- Amanda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2015
  • Publisher: A.R.N. Publications