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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: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure—an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.

The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt, unchecked by public opinion. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian’s internal ruin.

Wilde’s dreamlike exploration of life without limits scandalized its late-Victorian audience and has haunted readers’ imaginations for more than a hundred years.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Simon Vance’s portrayal of each character is spot-on. His Lord Henry is casual, dismissive, and haughty. His Basil Hallward, the artist infatuated with Dorian, comes across as timid and pitiful but always endearing. Best of all, Vance’s Dorian Gray exudes youth and impetuousness at the beginning, but quickly darkens once the character’s madness takes hold…Vance...finds the essence of each character, making Wilde’s work a delightfully creepy listen.”


  • “The book seems more modern than one would imagine. Rather than merely a potboiler from two centuries back, Wilde’s genius imbues the story with a strange and haunting immediacy, and a cautionary tale for us all: Be careful what you wish for.”

    Pittsburg Examiner

  • More than a century after its publication, Oscar Wilde’s novella The Picture of Dorian Gray is recognized as one of the classics of English literature, a masterpiece of fin-de-siècle aestheticism and in many respects a harbinger of the Modernist movement.” 

    Brooke Allen, author of Twentieth-Century Attitudes

  • “Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, seems—in an age devoted to youth—unsettlingly modern.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  •  Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristy | 2/19/2014

    " The creepy, sad, and heartbreaking tale of how a man's actions color and illustrate his soul. I would recommend it to most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Luigi Lorato | 2/16/2014

    " Gran libro, mi hanno colpito specialmente i dialoghi, ti catturano in una maniera incredibile... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Viv Randles | 2/11/2014

    " Another from my well-read youth, this time prompted by a crush on Peter Firth, who played Dorian in a BBC adaptation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gia Khachishvili | 2/9/2014

    " It is very interesting and excellent book I heard about this book and I want to read this "

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