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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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Stephen Fry is a remarkable artist

The cold liveliness that Fry brings to his narration is fascinating. It brings about such colors in characters, that you cannot help but make your side with one or the other.

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Amazing Narration!

I have become a fan of the narrator. He did his job well. Although I didn't find the story much interesting, but the narration was what kept me going.

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Such a psychological masterpiece!

The story itself is new and untold. With lots of psychology to read between the lines from! And the narration is simply superb!

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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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  • 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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  • Charlie
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Conor English
  • 23-09-20

Not Full Book

It isn’t the whole of the physical book that I could find. Stephen Fry is brilliant and from what it is, it is a brilliant book read brilliantly

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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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  • 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.
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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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  • vh
  • 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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-19

Wilde without Fry is unthinkable

The perfect weekend distraction, Stephen Fry brings the book to life. Gripping from end-to.end.

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