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Summary

A young man commits all types of sins, but only his portrait shows the ravages of his life. Oscar Wilde's Faustian classic. Gothic horror at its best.

Public Domain (P)2016 Trout Lake Media

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  • 29-06-16

great story, lost concentration a bit

I wanted to listen to a classic and wasn't disappointed. the narrator puts on different voices for the different characters so it is easier to follow

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Gruesome, grisly, gothic horror

There is no true horror than the horror humans create themselves. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic tale of hubris and vanity, and the sins that associate themselves with such. Oscar Wilde's maccabre style is fascinating for its time, and the idea that the painting is a representation of his Gray's own soul is intelligent. The only downside to this reading was the narrator who made hardly any differentiation between the voices, so at points made it difficult to follow the characters. His voice was also quite monotonous.

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Okay

It was very exciting however there were some chapters that seemed to drag on and I got confused over who the narrator was speaking for as his tone didn't change unless it was for a girl.

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Brilliant

Absolutely loved this novel - gothic at it's best. would recommend. narrated very well :)

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adequetly performed, great story

the reader does a decent job of reading this classic, great price for the download

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  • Me
  • 04-04-17

Brilliantly written, beautifully read

Enchanting, descriptive and thought provoking are just a few words to describe this masterpiece, would recommend to anyone interesting in the curious literature of the late 19th and early 20th century. Thank you

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a bit muffled in places but love the story

The story could do with having maybe one more narrator, sometimes hard to an old man impersonate a young woman

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  • Kimberly Sample
  • 01-08-16

Loved This One!

This book depicts much of what life is like today with the average narcissistic personality type. It's scary how current and ahead of his time the writer, Oscar Wilde was. I enjoyed this book and I'm certain it will be very good reading for others as well. Keep up the great work Audible!

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  • Jade Dragon
  • 06-09-16

As awesome as the classic movie, & then some!

The old gothic movie of the same name has always been one of my favorites...a creepy dark tale that was made from the book with a strange & unique plot. Both the movie & the book are unforgetable classics, & Oscar Wilde is a genius as an author of the macabre.

BB & MM...Jade Dragon

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  • crazybatcow
  • 31-10-16

Way more bearable in audio than in print

It's a classic so... it's as good as a classic ever is. For its era it must have been pretty edgy and dark, and, even in our modern cynical world, it is still kinda dark and surprising. Though I think by now the story "twist" is part of our popular culture so nobody is going to be very shocked.

This book is very difficult to get through in its print form as it has multiple descriptive tangents which drove me crazy, but as an audio, it was much less boring (guess I phased out during the boring bits)...

That all being said, I read this for a research project and, as such, it was one of the more bearable books I had to read. Though I would not read it again, nor would I read anything else by Wilde... I just don't care about wealthy gay men and their trials and tribulations as they screw their way across the city.

The narration is very good - and certainly made the story readable. It's a classic, so there is nothing adult or graphic in it, though there are lots of subtle suggestions of various types of debauchery.

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  • Klarita
  • 21-03-18

Superb in every way!

Brilliant performance of a brilliant book. I highly recommend it. I could not stop listening.

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  • HotMessJess
  • 06-01-18

monotone

The narration is a bit monotone, so it's easy to zone out, especially if you've already read the book previously. It's not a bad narration, though, and especially for the price.

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  • Bernadette
  • 28-08-17

Human Truths

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, its a must read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Picture of Dorian Gray?

When Dorian expresses his wish to never grow old.

What does Peter Batchelor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Life, he was a great storyteller

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. there were moments that I felt more interested in other tasks rather than listening to the story.

Any additional comments?

n/a

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  • Zachary
  • 17-08-17

slow parts but good plot

narrator was fine, lists just seemed to dron on in this format, good narrative and plot.

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  • Christocracy
  • 03-07-17

Who knew you could get characters so very much

It a very well written and intriguing book. Though it is full of drivel about beauty and materialism there are some seriously blunt views on humanity, goodness, and morality which can either their be taken at face value for their frivolous and shallow points of view or in the opposite respect as an admonishment of an upper class more concerned with beauty and status than their own morality. Dorian Gray is a terrible person lol just terrible.

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  • Christine BARNARD
  • 13-05-17

The French accent

The French accent was hard to understand but other than that Peter Batchelor did an excellent job at narrating this book

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  • Bharune
  • 21-04-17

Good Story, Subpar Narrator

I'd read Dorian Gray some 10 years ago, but I liked the story and wanted to experience it again. Sadly, the narrator left a lot to be desired; he did okay, but in many characters -- especially Dorian himself -- he just sounded bored even in moments of high emotion. He captured Lord Henry pretty well, but his female characters were a struggle.

Luckily, since I read the book before I was able to just mentally add in my own inflections and tone, but there were several moments where I almost stopped to look for another version with a different reader.