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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: John Moffatt Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN:
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Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succès de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 2/15/2014

    " It was a long time ago when I read this. It reminded me of an Anne Rice novel, although I suppose technically Anne Rice novels should remind me Oscar Wilde. The language was gorgeous, written in that extravagant, superfluous way that emphasizes the materialism and selfishness of the main character. It wasn't a happy book, by a long shot, but it was very interesting to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Tsuruda | 2/8/2014

    " So dark, scary, crazy. Also tons and tons of homoerotica abounds. Wilde's writing style is very stylized and lyrical. You would think that I would sympathize with Dorian and how he is corrupted by Lord Henry (and his book), but I wasn't. He became such a selfish, arrogant, immoral person. Even his attempt at redemption was half-hearted. The novel was interesting in its discussion of the power of Art as evidenced by the portrait of Dorian itself. I'm glad I don't have one in hidden in my closet. Read this as part of my AP Literature teacher Book Club. Can't wait for us to discuss in early Spring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbey Elsbernd | 1/31/2014

    " I love Oscar Wilde because he's so goshdarned snarky - and this book was no exception. It's Wilde at his most sinister, and alarmingly accessible to a modern reader despite the test of time. Brilliant message, and clever wordplay make this a classic that feels current. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/29/2014

    " A thought-provoking and highly ironic read examining the human condition. Lots of cultural and historical references, most of which I didn't get, which served to show me how uninformed of an individual I am. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Masha Oblo | 1/28/2014

    " Actually I don't like literature but somehow this book made me to like it. I will give it 3 stars because : First of all i didn't like the characters, I mean i liked that they roles that they played but somehow... i didn't fit for me. Anyway i didn't like so much the book so i could read it again but it is a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jemila | 1/20/2014

    " The novel was beautifully written and it was certainly interesting, however I felt no pleasure in reading it. I felt that there wasn't a good enough plot and there wasn't enough excitement to keep me enthralled throughout the story. The only part I liked was the ending of the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luigi Lorato | 1/19/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Panhia Vang | 1/7/2014

    " Beautiful story! I couldn't stop reading it! Oscar Wilde is an amazing writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frieda | 12/9/2013

    " Thrilling and self-indulgent, this classic holds one's attention to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Mussman | 10/31/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. A little different than what historically I understood of the story from other writings and fiction. Good one to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marescha | 10/28/2013

    " 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 Awni | 12/19/2012

    " This book is awesome. If you don't agree, you can fuck off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine Carey | 9/4/2012

    " My favourite book of all time!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Florentia | 1/14/2012

    " One of my favourite novels. Clever, witty, delightful. Absolutely loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andreeas | 10/17/2011

    " This book is a way too good! It seems that all my classmates read it! I read it too! It is exceptional! Mrvellous! Gotta love this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Block | 10/7/2011

    " Five stars, it's a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 7/12/2011

    " I read this a long time ago, so I'm goes/remembering. I should probably re-read it. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

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About the Author
Author Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin. 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

John Moffatt (1922–2012) was an English actor and playwright. He was best known for his portrayal of Hercule Poirot on BBC Radio and for a wide range of stage roles in the West End from the 1950s to the 1980s.