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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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... "

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