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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: Simon Prebble Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781400179480
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Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, his dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged—petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral—while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

Taking the reader in and out of London drawing rooms, to the heights of aestheticism, and to the depths of decadence, The Picture of Dorian Gray is not simply a melodrama about moral corruption. Laced with bon mots and vivid depictions of upper-class refinement, it is also a fascinating look at the milieu of Wilde’s fin-de-siècle world and a manifesto of the creed “Art for Art’s Sake.”

The ever-quotable Wilde, who once delighted London with his scintillating plays, scandalized readers with this, his only novel. Upon publication, Dorian was condemned as dangerous, poisonous, stupid, vulgar, and immoral, and Wilde as a “driveling pedant.” The novel, in fact, was used against Wilde at his much-publicized trials for “gross indecency,” which led to his imprisonment and exile on the European continent. Even so, The Picture of Dorian Gray firmly established Wilde as one of the great voices of the Aesthetic movement and endures as a classic that is as timeless as its hero.

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  • “Simon Prebble perfectly achieves Lord Henry’s ‘low, languid voice’ and sparkling conversation, while avidly expressing the other characters’ more torrid emotions.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Henn | 2/7/2014

    " Light on action, long on dialogue, much quite clever. The book has Dorian Gray wrestle with the main themes from Ecclesiastes, and lose. How dissipate would our life be if none of our sins could be seen upon us? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana Zeferino | 2/1/2014

    " I read this book during college. Amazing story. Something similar to humans desires and learnings... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clarissa | 1/23/2014

    " I wasn't sure about what to think about this one. First, it seemed like Dorian Gray was a self-obsessed, shallow freak. Then Basil professed his love for him. I was kind of thrown for a loop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Behzad | 1/22/2014

    " It is a really exciting story full of unexpected events. Loved it from the beginning to the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosa Camero | 1/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett Mccutcheon | 1/7/2014

    " A wonderful satire of 19th century British upper class. Lord Henry is the very model of everything that the common folk hate about the upper class. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athena | 12/21/2013

    " veery good book but maybe a little too theoretical and philosophical...surely need to read it again to understand everything^^ "

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

    " It's the best book of Oscar Wilde. I like this brilliant novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 12/15/2013

    " Interesting & entertaining to think of life like those in this story. Thought provoking read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Honenberger | 11/17/2013

    " A suspicion that he was trying to be shocking, but I missed the class on Wilde, and probably missed some of what's imporant about this book as a result. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Auterson | 10/25/2013

    " The plot is excellent, but what really makes this book an absolute crime to miss is Wilde's completely incomparable mastery of the English language. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia Berger | 8/3/2013

    " Probably one of my favourite reads of all time, a true classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameo | 7/8/2013

    " Absoutely fantastic. Probably the best book I've ever read. Seriously. I recommend it to everyone- it's a fantastic book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roddy | 6/6/2013

    " Didn't think I'd enjoy this first venture into Wilde's writing but I did. The biography next...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ele Eusepi | 3/1/2013

    " An absolutely tantalizing book. I was caught in it since the beginning! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shenoah Clegg | 11/22/2012

    " Was pretty disappointed by this. I had much higher expectations than what it actually delivered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aula Ammar | 8/21/2012

    " one of my best books ever !!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Rappell | 8/5/2012

    " A beautiful and poignant picture of the human soul. Despite being dense and verbose at times, Wilde's narrative is highly accessible. Thought-provoking, challenging and poetic, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a must-read classic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hima | 5/11/2012

    " Read "The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray", to compare the two versions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giselle Navarro | 6/28/2011

    " Love the satire and inteligent phrases that still apply to society "

  • 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 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

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.