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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (502,171 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Martin Shaw Publisher: Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781780001999
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The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s only full length novel, a melodramatic tale of love, murder, thwarted revenge, and final justice.

A young man named Dorian Gray is the muse of artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian’s physical perfection and becomes infatuated with him, believing his beauty is responsible for the new life in his art. One day while posing in Basil’s garden, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil’s, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry’s hedonistic views that claim the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and the fulfilment of the senses. Upon seeing his beautiful portrait and realizing that one day his own beauty will fade, Dorian wishes that the work of art might grow old instead of his own physical body. Dorian’s wish is fulfilled, and he plunges into ever more debauched acts.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi Sexton | 2/15/2014

    " Read this book way back in High School, for English class. Really enjoyed it. Might need to revisit this classic. Clean writing, good characters, and good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian Lozano | 2/10/2014

    " Great book. It is a great journey, emotionally, morally and narratively. In some short 230 pages Wilde makes an astounding story and social critique that is surprisingly relevant today. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cecilia | 2/4/2014

    " I simply did not like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasia | 2/4/2014

    " The writing is excellent but the vanity and shallowness of the main character were just too much for me. Vanity is an essential ingredient of the books and it would have been more difficult to give the book its ending if the character actually did something of value. However, I could not help but get angry with the main character. This is why the book only gest 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gudrun | 2/3/2014

    " Een klassieker, uiteraard. Ik vond dat ik die toch wel mocht gelezen hebben. Wilde is een schitterend schrijver, maar soms verliest hij zich in ellenlange opsommingen, of pseudo-filosofische beschouwingen, en wordt het wat langdradig. Al bij al heb ik het toch wel graag gelezen, en zeker naar het einde toe had ik moeite om het weg te leggen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam Green | 2/3/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Cumpston | 1/31/2014

    " The Picture of Dorian Gray is the quintessential decadent novel by that great aesthete Oscar Wilde. We must remember that Wilde was primarily a poet and playwright, and, if I am not mistaken, this is his only novel. It is a great novel, of course, if a bit heavy handed in its moralising, something Wilde was at pains to do, as his personal life and his "sins" were to be his downfall. Wilde was such a sensitive soul, that it is easy to forget, as he he is so well known for his barbed humor and aphorisms. But, as is usually the case, such a prickly exterior usually masks a remarkably refined and cultivated soul. His tales for children, such as the The Rose and the Nightingale are heart-achingly beautiful. And the witticisms of his plays, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband and Lady Windemere's Fan, are precious examples of Vicrtorian comedy at its finest and most sardonic. His observations on class distinction, its superficial absurdities, and its frivolousness are captured perfectly in each and all his plays, but he also had a talent for the Gothic, and if he was no Poe, he certainly sought to capture a darkness reminiscent of that other great aesthete Baudelaire. Wilde was a true romantic and had the great folly to fall in love with a well connected society man, and that sealed his fate, he would be indicted for such unseemly charges as "sodomy" and for what its worth he was a homosexual martyr who fate could not have been worse. And yet, he was always be celebrated as an advocate of "art for art's sake," and his rivalry with Whistler was well documented. It is important, too, to remember that he was an Irishman, and he led a long line of some of the finest writers in the English language who are also Irish, such as Yeats, Joyce, and, of course, Beckett. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Ruggerio lake | 1/27/2014

    " Always loved this story - Oscar Wilde was brillant "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 1/25/2014

    " An amazing book that is not to be read quickly. Savor every delicious word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 1/23/2014

    " Genius. There is nothing else to be said. This is an unsettling read - but necessary. What is the price of beauty? What is its essence? What would you give for it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Evans | 1/20/2014

    " Very witty, quick paced, but occasionally too decadent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/15/2014

    " The Picture of Dorian Gray is a remarkable novel filled with tipsy-turvy modes of thought that baffle the reader nearly as much as Dorian Gray's picture baffled him. A tragedy marked with the buddings beginning a pathway to... something. Complex, versatile, unique, paradoxical; entirely worthwhile. However, one not fond and inexperienced of reading should not embark on this journey quite yet. The ability to separate and seclude inorganic and foreign thoughts is necessary for comprehension. Passion vs. obsession is necessary for sanity. Go on Dorian, build the audience you once longed for... "

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

    " Intermittently fascinating while intermittently unbelievably boring. There is a romantic air to the life discussions between Lord Henry and Dorian, and there is a simple, delicious emotion to the dramatic events. Details, however, about Dorians life brought me near sleeping while driving. One chapter drags on and on and on and on and on...you really won't believe how long it goes about the interests that Dorian has without actually developing his character at all. Happy I read it (listened to it really) but wouldn't be near my top 10 of classic stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gisele | 1/8/2014

    " For years, this was my favorite book. He would be the perfect dinner companion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Kashyap | 1/5/2014

    " An extremely thought provoking book! Gives you food for thought.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rui Baptista | 1/3/2014

    " One of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joalyne Steinhausen | 1/1/2014

    " Oscar Wilde paints an incredible tale of human weakness and flaws. His statements about 19th century humanity are dismal and clear. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Mortenson | 12/29/2013

    " really liking it so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscila Palomares | 12/29/2013

    " Its very descriptive, but interesting at the same time. I would recommend to get a historical background of the author, in order to enjoy the themes better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zane | 12/26/2013

    " "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is a haunting exploration into the dark side of vanity and extreme egotism. An in-depth character analysis of Dorian proved to be a remarkably eye-opening experience for me in 10 grade Drama class. Hopefully, I'll be able to see it performed on stage some time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frieda | 12/18/2013

    " 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 Aristides Nakos | 12/9/2013

    " Bewildered by the splendidly articulated philosophical inclinations of Oscar Wilde. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosa Camero | 11/9/2013

    " This is for people who only care about themselves, how poor Dorian looks young through the years but his soul get old every moment. You can lie to others but never to yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Feistync | 10/25/2013

    " It was good... I just didn't care for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 10/5/2013

    " Gross. Not my favorite. Hahahaha it is a classic tho so I do respect it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 La_montserrat | 9/28/2013

    " Problablemente la obra mas espectacular de Oscar Wilde. DEGRADACION DE LA MORALIDAD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 9/19/2013

    " Een goed boek, leest verbazend vlot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eldin Milak | 9/4/2013

    " Liked it because it made me hate it. Well done Mr. Wilde. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fmcc | 8/27/2013

    " Enjoyed the story - thought some of the plot line could have been stronger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 8/15/2013

    " Middle third of the book is really dull and cause for skimming. Bit of a Poe feel to it. Lord Henry is alive and well today unfortunately, while Basil is becoming less and less visible. Are we all the 17 year old Dorian looking for Basil, but finding Lord Henry instead? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela | 7/4/2013

    " Fascinating look into vanity, self indulgence and egotism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 6/27/2013

    " Only one chapter I didn't particularly like, but this was a superbly written and excellent read. Shame Wilde didn't write more novels. Ranks as one of the best 'classic' books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Hyde | 4/28/2013

    " I very much enjoyed this book. It has more sharp, witty one liners than any book I've ever read, and its worth reading for that alone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Rassolov | 4/21/2013

    " great novel!!! as all the Oscar Wilde's works!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hailey | 4/3/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana G | 3/20/2013

    " The best part of this book is Lord Henry's sharp observations on marriage and romance, ie "You seem to forget I am married, and the one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties." I enjoyed Wilde's philosophy on ego and consequences. Great ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bree | 2/11/2013

    " It is a classic for a reason! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian Lozano | 2/3/2013

    " Great book. It is a great journey, emotionally, morally and narratively. In some short 230 pages Wilde makes an astounding story and social critique that is surprisingly relevant today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curly N | 1/13/2013

    " Interesting book It had an impression on me in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 12/15/2012

    " Excellent. Brilliantly written; Oscar Wilde's writing is easy for the Modern reader. This novel is filled with components of its' time, as well as some mystery. It could categorized in the Gothic Literature section. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alastair | 12/12/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookwormgal | 10/6/2012

    " A disturbing, terrific stiry how much one is willing to do for the sake of vanity "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hailey | 3/15/2012

    " 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 Arjan | 3/2/2012

    " A quote to remember on every page "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 10/27/2011

    " this is one of my favoirtes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 October Cathy | 9/25/2011

    " Exquisite. The hedonism, the era, the addictive and self-destructive behavior drew me in until I could no longer let go. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite books. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. 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

Martin Shaw is an award-winning English actor known for his distinguished theater career and over one hundred television roles, including the popular Detective Constable Doyle in The Professionals. He lives in Norfolk, England.