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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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  • Mr
  • 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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Awful narration

I so wanted to listen to this book, but the narration was truly awful. I don’t like to post negative things anywhere, but I had to stop listening to this. I tried reading the book instead, but the narrator’s awful characterisation came into my head and spoiled it.

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Wow

I should've read this years ago; a great classic worth listening to. would recommend :)

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous
  • 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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  • Bosco
  • 09-08-18

Bad Narration of a Great Novel

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic for so many reasons. It's a wonderful novel by a true master of plot and dialogue. But this particular edition is not a good one. The narrator READS well enough. But the voicing is horrible. The opening characters are young and bright, but the Batchelor makes them seem old and jaded.

The characters in this work needs to be voiced by a young narrator. Don't listen to this version.

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  • Farm girl
  • 12-10-18

Great Moral Book

This story gets a little boring at times but it is worth hanging in there for the basic story. It's a wonderful moral.

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  • Jonathan
  • 12-09-18

I have no idea if the story is good

I don't know if I can finish it b/c of how tragic the narrator is trying to create decent voices for the characters. Truly cannot comment on the story itself b/c I cannot honestly evaluate it.

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  • Albert S.
  • 06-08-18

I hate the narrator

I want to get into this fantasy but the narrator kept me at bay with his dry and huffy voice and manner. I feel robbed.

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  • Amanda
  • 06-08-18

snooze fest

Overall, love the story. Wilde raises interesting questions about the desire of sin and how that shapes who we are. I would not recommend listening; his prose can drone on and the narrator's tone does not help.

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  • Ric
  • 06-08-18

Good match of voice

Oscar Wilde's narrative might be considered prosaic, even archaic by today's standards. I felt like Peter Batchelor's voice was a good match for the writing style, although he was difficult to listen to at any speed higher than 1.35

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-07-18

Best Way to Hear Literature

Skeptical of the narrator initially, but I love the voice inflection for each character. Turned out to be a fantastic novel.

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  • Rudi Klarmann
  • 30-07-18

Inconsistent Voices for Many Characters

Oscar Wilde can be verbose and preachy at times, but that is almost to be expected from him. The story was quite good overall and suprised me by straying from the obvious ending (or at least what I found to be obvious). However, the man reading this speaks in a different voice to represent Dorian so often that it can be hard to tell who is speaking. If you're really paying attention you can get past it, but it's quite a big let down.