If only I could remain young while the picture grows old. For that I’d give anything....
When Dorian Gray, a handsome young man about town, makes this wish, he can hardly guess that it will mark the beginning of a life of hedonism and debauchery. Soon enough his webs of deception and deceit catch innocent victims, some of them his closest friends, and the only evidence of his misdeeds is a long-forgotten portrait in his attic....
Oscar Wilde’s notorious novel is presented in this tense, full-cast audiobook adaptation, dramatised by David Llewellyn.
The release also includes the first episode of 'The Confessions of Dorian Gray: This World Our Hell' and a selection of James Dunlop’s music from the series.
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Utterly beautiful. Extraordinary.
Of course not. The picture of Dorian Gray is one of the masterpieces of English literature. No narrator can do justice to the beauty of the prose.
Lord Henry Wotton. You can memorise everything he says and include it in any speech that you have an opportunity to give. But Dorian Gray was the best performed.
A critical scene which would entirely spoil the story for people who haven't read the book.
Be careful what you wish for
There's a reason why I didn't get the unabridged version of the audiobook. Actually I did buy one initially after selecting the best sounding sample and was so disappointed with the narration that I had to return it. The Picture of Dorian Gray cannot be narrated "as-is". The prose is way too beautiful for any narrator to do justice to. Instead the dramatised version captures the mood, the thrill and the dark tones of the book perfectly. The actors have done a remarkable job in exploiting the essence of the plot. The background sounds and music make the story come alive. Incredibly well produced and perfectly performed, The Picture of Dorian Gray is quite simply, amazing. I have now developed a new respect for dramatised versions of novels. This dramatised version is a must have.
- Kristin Heller