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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Written by: Oscar Wilde
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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A casual story with deep meaning

It's delightful to listen.
Vivid description of the scenes make you live through the story.
Lots of phrases have deep meaning and strikes chords of your life.

You will be left with wanting a bit more after finishing it.

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Excellent book, fantastically performed

This is truly a classic and was performed brilliantly by Mr. Fry! I look forward to listening to more of Mr. Fry's narrations and also to consuming more of Oscar Wilde's work

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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

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  • Elle
  • 08-01-19

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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  • Tingers
  • 28-04-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-18

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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  • AmaJon
  • 19-04-19

Fade from Gray

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-19

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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  • ira41
  • 15-01-19

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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  • Charles King-Tenison
  • 28-12-18

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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  • Victoria Zaborov
  • 06-07-18

Unbelievable!

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-18

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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  • Jess H
  • 20-04-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-20

A Classic

Such a good story. You can't change the dated views but you can have a little laugh at them. If you enjoy stories of high society in only England then you will enjoy this classic. Stephen Fry does a great job at reading and makes the characters more real.

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  • Jean
  • 11-04-20

Stephen Fry made me listen

I know this is a classic and it is what it did not say that left room for readers imagination/interpretation. But, if not because Stephen Fry had read the book, I'd given up after 1 hour listening. A classic maybe, but a very dated one.

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  • Cherylyn
  • 07-04-20

Thankfully short.

Such a dry self-indulgent story. I really tried to like it but just wanted it to end. 5 hours of my life I won't get back.
Stephen Fry's voice was the only thing that made me stick it out.

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  • Kymo
  • 22-03-20

Wow....

I did not think this book would be so fascinating. As always, Stephan Fry delivered a masterful performance, but the standout is the story itself. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-20

Excellent book brilliantly read highly recommend.

This is a great story, Lord Harry is one of the great literary characters. Stephen Fry' s narration is fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-20

So glad I purchased this book

Would buy almost any book narrated by Stephen fry from now on. What a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Primrose
  • 02-11-19

Steven Fry's voice is amazing!

I could listen to Steven Fry's voice all day. Fantastic book, spoken in a beautiful way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-19

Exquisite

Tremendous rendition of a timeless classic. Stephen Fry’s enthusiasm gives glory to Oscar Wilde’s work

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-19

narration so good he becomes forgotten

Stefan Frys narration was so gripping and had a good enough range that I was lost in the story. absolutely loved it.

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  • karen dawson
  • 10-03-19

My new favourite book

I loved this. Beautifully wtitten. Read by the most appropriate person!!
Highly entertaining. Clever and witty