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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Picture of Dorian Gray (Adaptation): Oxford Bookworms Library (Unabridged), by Oscar Wilde
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 0 (49 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oscar Wilde Narrator: Ken Shanley Publisher: Oxford University Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When we are happy, we are always good, says Lord Henry, but when we are good, we are not always happy. Lord Henry's lazy, clever words lead the young Dorian Gray into a world where it is better to be beautiful than to be good; a world where anything can be forgiven - even murder - if it can make people laugh at a dinner party.

An Oxford Bookworms Library reader for learners of English, adapted from the Oscar Wilde original by Jill Nevile.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by Jeremiah | 5/20/2011

    " Macabre version of Thomas Hardy. Memorable. "

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About the Author
Author Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) was born in Dublin in 1854. 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 1887–91, 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.