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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Behzad | 1/22/2014

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

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