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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (250,513 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Edward Petherbridge Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781482977202
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Basil Hallward, an artist, meets Dorian Gray and paints his portrait. The artist is so infatuated with Dorian’s beauty that he begins to believe it is the reason for his quality of art. Dorian becomes convinced that beauty is all-important and wishes his portrait could age instead of him. But each time Dorian commits a sin his portrait ages, showing him what is happening to his soul.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dorian Gray has become, alongside…The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular work. It is still widely read…Wilde stands nakedly revealed in The Picture of Dorian Gray.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the aesthetic impulse run rampant? Why not both?”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray categorically changed Victorian Britain and the landscape of literature.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Elliott | 2/6/2014

    " A very good read. Thought provoking, beautifully written, I found it hard to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anastasia Plotnikova | 2/5/2014

    " Those who enjoy a "dark" novel looking at the vain, egotistical side of the human character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Brown | 1/25/2014

    " First read this book in 1982, loved it and it's characters has stayed with me every since then. I can't get the image of Dorians picture aging away, as he stayed so long. I personally found Dorian to be an ass, narcissism is an under statement and his treatment of the girl is far worse depending on what edition you read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Zendejas | 1/25/2014

    " I find this to easily be one of my favorite novels of all time. If you're a fan to terse prose, read Hemingway. Wilde is easily one of the greatest writers of all time, with the mind of a scholar and the style of a poet. A must-read for anyone who's looking to view an expert portrayal of decadence and hedonism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dila Putri | 1/23/2014

    " Interestingly written by Wilde in a very hooking style of writing. However, in fact, Wilde's statement that the three of the main characters---Dorian Gray, Basil Halward and King Henry---are solely his alter ego(s) are not that surprising to me. I wish there were be any other novel of his. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marescha | 1/18/2014

    " Amazing story, which is wonderfully written and with a lot of detail (without getting boring). I'd really recommend it to people who are looking for a rather short story (it really isn't that long) with some nice bits of humor in it as well. It's a shame he didn't write more books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 1/16/2014

    " Another old classic worth the read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kerrie Hobson | 1/16/2014

    " The book did nothing for me, I was very board and didn't even end up finishing! Very dissapointed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aldous Ye | 1/13/2014

    " All the sins and misdeeds you've conducted can't be hidden in darkness forever. One day they will come to you and cause calamitities and misfortunes you doomed to and well deserved, precipately and devastatingly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/9/2014

    " Okay, so I technically listened to this book as an audiobook.... But it was still a great piece of writing. Some elements reminded me of Poe, others of Shakespeare. A great overall story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena Hutchens | 1/4/2014

    " A classic, read it long time ago but would read it again if I had more than one life and so many other fabulous books to read! Very clever, witty, a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara | 12/16/2013

    " Loved it! An exciting classic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hailey | 10/22/2013

    " It makes me think about how much people influence people. I haven't decided if this a good thing or bad but I'm leaning toward the latter part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe Ok | 8/28/2013

    " i love love love it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette Benjamin | 8/24/2013

    " One of the strangest books I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryann | 5/20/2013

    " WOW! I was not expecting to like this book so much but it was wonderful! The only qualm I have is that there were some pointless chapters that didn't have any significance to the story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/19/2013

    " "It is only shallow people who require years to get rid of an emotion. A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them." .....who wouldnt'? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudine | 4/1/2013

    " I hate the classics, but I loved this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lweslock | 3/18/2013

    " This was our classic read for the year, and I must say I hated it. I think Oscar Wilde is a bit of an immoral blowhard! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alastair | 3/2/2013

    " A great concept, a fascinating read. But I didn't enjoy hacking through the purple prose and flowery patches. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/28/2012

    " Just not my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giselle Navarro | 8/9/2012

    " Love the satire and inteligent phrases that still apply to society "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 4/17/2012

    " A bit slow to start with but picks up. An absolute stinker of a chapter eleven. Brilliantly written but a list that takes up 10% of the novel. From there on though it's great. Should have read it last spring. Better late than never. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristiana | 4/15/2012

    " Fabulous! Already read it 3 times! And every time I think it will not be the last! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam Green | 1/15/2012

    " Dorian Gray's decent feels like the story of my life. Wilde's novel is erotic and disturbing and absolutely wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Auterson | 12/17/2011

    " The plot is excellent, but what really makes this book an absolute crime to miss is Wilde's completely incomparable mastery of the English language. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/8/2011

    " Intriguing-- wondered if Hollywood now would make a movie of it since the values critiqued are so Hollywood. Ironically I think Wilde lived like Dorian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjanne | 11/7/2011

    " Conceptually I really like the idea of this book, and, as always, Wilde has some great lines. However it's hard to like Dorian and I do not feel very sympatheic towards him. I do think it contributes some good thoughts on the corruptability of a human immortal "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 11/4/2011

    " This may be my favorite book EVER. A quotable phrase on every page with a very profound and thought provoking plot. The writing is exquisite. Each scene is so vivid. I loved it, cover-to-cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristyh | 10/29/2011

    " Beautifully written, great character study. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 10/28/2011

    " I have read this book 3 times. Every time I swear that I didn't read it - I just remember the synopsis - and then I get halfway through and realize I'm rereading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 10/27/2011

    " Wonderful! It's a great description of how vanity can ruin a person. It seemed to drag on a bit too much and one chapter seemed completely unnecessary, but it was very intriguing nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelaswing | 5/24/2011

    " very witty book, definitely one to be read over and over. All Wilde says is the truth, no matter how paradoxical "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thara | 5/24/2011

    " I'm glad I finally read it. I don't enjoy stories where the protagonist is a villain, especially when the author obviously has so much sympathy for the character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/23/2011

    " The dated style of prose makes it a slow read, but the story is a classic. Knowing that Oscar Wilde was struggling with his sexuality adds an element that gives depth to the conflict. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/22/2011

    " I found much of this difficult to read in this day and age, especially the epigramatic dialog but the rest was very good. Not my first time and would recommend as an important classic to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drucilla | 5/20/2011

    " This novel isn't as well known as Dracula or Frankenstein but it is just as good. In some ways, it is darker than those two as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremiah | 5/20/2011

    " Macabre version of Thomas Hardy. Memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/19/2011

    " Had a hard time finishing it. Maybe it's because I really don't like him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanne | 5/19/2011

    " It was very good, a bit slow in the beginning but the ending was really unexpected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 5/19/2011

    " I feel the urge to add that I have read this in three languages. I guess this sums up how much I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wilde | 5/19/2011

    " I've read this book a couple of times over the years and have always enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose A. | 5/18/2011

    " Exquisite... the word that came to my mind after the last page of this wonderful piece of art. I can't really say much, but its interesting how everything goes around the arts, the beauty and the greed.

    Go and read this, period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syreeta | 5/18/2011

    " I love Oscar Wilde's style of writing. Believe it or not, this is the first time I've read anything by him, and now I am itching to read everything he wrote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/17/2011

    " Clever wordplay, flowery symbolism, tortured souls. Gotta love Oscar Wilde. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ioana | 5/16/2011

    " wonderful story of a man who finds out how life is and who becomes something that he is not. I think this is what happens with all of us at a certain age, we are all good people at the beginning but we have to change during the life. And the metaphor of the picture is great. "

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About the Author
Author Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin in 1854. He won scholarships to both Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was heavily influenced by the radical aesthetics of Walter Pater. Flamboyant wit and man-about-town, Wilde had a reputation that preceded him, especially in his early career. After publishing two volumes of short stories between 1887 and 1891, his social-comedy plays such as Lady Windermere’s Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest established his critical and commercial success. In 1895 Wilde was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for homosexual conduct and died in Paris in obscurity a few years after his release.

About the Narrator

Edward Petherbridge’s theater experience is extensive. He originated the role of Guildenstern in the original production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and he has been nominated for two Tony Awards, one for Nicholas Nickleby and the other for Strange Interlude. For the latter he also received an Olivier Award. His television and film credits include Gulliver’s Travels, An Awfully Big Adventure, No Strings, and Lord Peter Wimsey.