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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
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Oscar Wilde's only published full-length novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth. As Basil Hallward, an aspiring artist, puts a few touches on a portrait of his handsome young friend Dorian Gray, Gray wishes that the portrait might grow old while he remains forever young. While Dorian Gray spends his life pursuing fresh experiences and new sensations, his looks do not change. However, the portrait, secretly hidden in the attic of his residence and with which he has grown increasingly obsessed, does. More and more, as Dorian struggles to hide his true identity, the portrait reveals his progressive pathway to dissolution.

Public Domain (P)1999, 2017 Audio Literature / Phoenix Books

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Abridged version!!

Fry does a fabulous job narrating as per usual, but I was incredibly disappointed to realise that this was an abridged version of Wilde's only novel. I won't return the title but why would you spoil it like this? Very frustrating.

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Masterpiece

One of the most quotable books I've ever read. Hilarious, mysterious, compelling, inspiring and at times a bit scary! Brilliant short story and Steven Fry is a fantastic choice for narrator. Perfect tone, pace and delivery. Great!

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Stephen Fry musn't of left his house

great rendition of a classic, can't beat Stephen Fry he should do every book on audible

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Fade from Gray

Excellent narration by Stephen Fry, great story of self corruption and society. Well worth listening.

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Extraordinary

A must-read for everyone loving The gothic horror genre. Stephen Fry really gave this a perfekt touch. Loved it.

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It's captivating!

Loved it! Beautifully read by Stephen Fry.
Full of fascinating and witty conversations that make up this remarkable novel.

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Enchanting piece of art!

This book is indescribably good. It truly is worth a listen, as it is: short in length, fantastic plot, accessible yet brilliant language and is crafted in such a beautiful way!

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Unbelievable!

This must be one of my favorite books and hearing it read by Stephen Fry was unbelievable!!!

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Perfect narrator for the Wildean tragedy

Couldn't stop listening - Stephen Fry's enthusiastic narration makes Dorian Gray's clever, harrowing tale even more delightful.

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Amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book - the commentary from Stephen Fry, the story, the pace - all of it. It is a fantastic piece of literature. Importantly it is still relevant in today’s world and the use of language is wonderful. Highly recommended!

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  • Brittany Todorov
  • 10-08-18

A classic but depressing story

Starts out very thought provoking and then becomes very monotonous and depressing. Still it is a classic, a novel idea and a poignant story of what happens when you don't have any "skin in the game" and do not bear the consequences of your actions. The reader does a good job.

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  • Kleber DeSouza
  • 08-01-19

Does not match the book

I listen and follow with book which is my own preference, but this audio book does not match the book. I even tried to match with three different copies of the book but no success. I am starting to imagine that it is an shorter version.

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  • Sean Hayes
  • 07-12-17

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is amazing! he did such a wonderful job this with reading, he really did a stellar job with the different accents and voices for each characters.

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  • Jane Jacobs
  • 14-10-17

Incredible performance of a chilling classic!

I never tire of hearing Stephen Fry bring classic literature to life. A brilliant interpretation.

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  • Jordyn
  • 21-04-18

Wonderful Story Amazing Performance

This story is brought to life with a well paced and rounded performance. A pleasure to listen to.

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  • Maiken
  • 24-10-18

A dreadful wonder to behold

Its a lovely jumble of psycological and mortal conflict, and i loved every second of it. It was both more and exactly what i had expected from a literary classic. Allowing oneself to truly devote the time that is spent on listening to the story and not merely hearing it, truly does make a difference when experiencing this wonderful piece of literary art.

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  • Marcos Ocura
  • 28-03-20

A Classic For A Reason

What a wonderful book with great commentary on the human existence. Especially in the day and age of social media and Instagram. Look into the mirror of what self absorbed behavior can rep.

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  • greg
  • 13-03-20

its not the real book

it's good it's just not the actual book. chapter 11 in this one lines up with chapter 3 in the real one. the words are not the same.

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  • T. Pulsipher
  • 27-02-20

Great Narration

I've always been an Oscar Wilde fan, but never read Dorian gray. Excellent book, with wonderful narration. When I saw that it was narrated by Stephen Frye, I had to get it and listen, and I'm glad I did.

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  • Corky
  • 15-02-20

Fry is gold

what's the price of the underwhelmed had heard that this is a classic and no it picked up halfway through it was kind of a slog