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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (250,745 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: John Moffatt Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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Penguin Classics presents Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, adapted for listening and now available as a digital audiobook, as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by the actor John Moffatt.

I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me ... Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day - mock me horribly!

A story of evil, debauchery, and scandal, Oscar Wilde's only novel tells of Dorian Gray, a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect portrait of himself would bear the signs of ageing in his place, the picture becomes his hideous secret, as it follows Dorian's own downward spiral into cruelty and depravity. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a masterpiece of deals made in fear and ignorance, and the evil in men's hearts, and is as controversial and alluring as Wilde himself.

Part of a collection of vintage recordings taken from the Penguin Archives, the Penguin English Library series offers affordable, collectable, quality productions that are perfect for on-the-go listening.

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  • 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. "

  • 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 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 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 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 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 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. "

  • 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 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. "

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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.