The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • by Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dorian Gray, a handsome and narcissistic young man, lives thoughtlessly for his own pleasure - an attitude encouraged by the company he keeps. One day, after having his portrait painted, Dorian makes a frivolous Faustian wish: that he should always remain as young and beautiful as he is in that painting, while the portrait grows old in his stead.The wish comes true, and Dorian soon finds that none of his wicked actions have visible consequences. Realizing that he will appear fresh and unspoiled no matter what kind of life he lives, Dorian becomes increasingly corrupt, unchecked by public opinion. Only the portrait grows degenerate and ugly, a powerful symbol of Dorian's internal ruin.Wilde's dreamlike exploration of life without limits scandalized its late-Victorian audience and has haunted readers' imaginations for more than a hundred years.

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A perfect introduction to audiobooks

Audiobooks have come a long way from the cassette versions I borrowed from the public libraries some thirty years ago though the core remains the narrator's ability to draw the listener in. The obvious limitations of a solo performance are offset by the ingenuity in creating distinct personalities without slipping into parody or heavy bombast (listeners of Warhammer audiobooks will attest to this).

So it was a treat to try a book on the spur of the moment and for the satisfaction it provided it was certainly a fine example of what to expect. The book itself holds as well as it ever has and Vance is a fine narrator. At some junctures you do realise the lack of a female voice lends itself near enough to comedy in an attempt to avoid outright falsetto but listening to the tale made me realise there's far more to art of narration than I realised. So not only a fine few hours listening but a good way to assess future purchases. Well worth the listen, I look forward to hearing from Mr Vance in the near future.
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Recommended and well read

The Picture of Dorian Gray, narrated by Simon Vince

Add this to your great novel collection, along with Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and Jekyll and Hyde. Simon Vance is, for me, the best dramatic audio performer for horror fiction. This will be a constant replay, along with the most complete vampire collection ever published. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-03-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.