The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • by Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by David Brown
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the great literary classics of Western literature and the only published novel written by Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray created great controversy on publication because of its homosexual undertones, and was later used as evidence against him at his trial at the Old Bailey in 1895."If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old...I would give my soul for that!" The wish uttered by Dorian Gray as he gazes on his portrait forms the basis of this story, of a gilded and spoilt hedonist who is willing to sell his soul for his beauty.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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Bad narration

This version is not a good listen. The narrator is awful. His 'different' voices for characters are largely identical and he differentiates the character be being either downbeat or upbeat - which for me removes any emotion from what the characters are actually meant to be saying. I also found that his voices for some of the bit-parts were so ludicrous that I had to turn the volume down to avoid the distortion in both the car and on headphones! Oh and he far too often sounds like a bad Kenneth Williams impression to really make for a pleasant listen.

As for the book... well it's a slow-burner. Expect all the snobbish quips of Oscar Wilde along the way.
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- H. Bacon

Narrator is not good enough

I have given up listening to this purely because I think the narrator is bad. Sentences are disjointed, there are unnecessarily long pauses - it just does not flow. I don't want to ruin the experience of listening to this classic work through bad narration.
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- Paul WP

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-09-2008
  • Publisher: RNIB