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  • Penguin Classics
  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Ben Barnes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

By: Oscar Wilde
Narrated by: Ben Barnes
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This Penguin Classic is performed by Ben Barnes, star of the film adaptation of Dorian Gray, also known for his roles in Westworld and The Chronicles of Narnia. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Robert Mighall. 

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society. Only his portrait bears the traces of his decadence. The novel was a succès de scandale and the book was later used as evidence against Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. It has lost none of its power to fascinate and disturb.

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Absaloute banger

I love this book. Opulent imagery,classic story and the way they talk to one another is hilarious to me.

Also, the narrators voice kind of makes me want to bang him.

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Absolutely astonishing performance

The legendary work by Oscar Wilde is one of the most remarkable portraits of all the exquisite manners, curiosity and degradation of the English society in the XIX century. Still its fascinating and wonderfuly performed by the talented Ben Barnes who once had the opportunity to portray Dorian Grey himself in the film by Oliver Parker made in 2009.
I would recommend this audio book with all my heart 📖✨

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Boring.

Love the whole concept of Dorian Gray but this audible just bored me. Maybe it was the narrator I don’t know. I had to return it for fear of boredom again.

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Classic for a reason

Really enjoyable classic. This book is referenced more and more these days and after listening to it, you can see why

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Good but a weird tangent in the middle

I really loved the book. Ben Barnes is very good at the reading, sometimes he has a hard time with accents but it’s not something you notice often in my opinion. I like the story. It was very intriguing. I wish tho that we had learned more about Dorians vile actions during his life before the second part of the book. Also the long tangent in the middle about all the different things he took pleasure in learning was so long and a little boring. It didn’t further the plot in my opinion. Could have spend less time on that but more time on exploring his corruption.

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  • 29-03-21

It's OK. It's just not great

Narrator had a lovely voice, but as a narrator reading parts, it was a bit flat. The story itself was good, but not gripping.. Maybe it was the way it was read.

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Definitely Worth Listening To

This is the first Oscar Wilde work I have read (listened to) and I was not disappointed. His use of language and turn of phrase are wonderful.
I knew the basic premise of the story - it is so well known - but to hear/read it in full is something I would recommend to everyone with an interest in human nature.
The narrator did a good job and made this an enjoyable listen. My reason for giving four, rather than five, stars is that there could perhaps have been just a little more distinction between the voicing of the two main characters. Occasionally it wasn't clear which one was speaking.
Overall though I would definitely recommend this.

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peaks and troughs

Found this book a bit of a roller coaster, interesting at the start, a bit of a lull in the middle, and then the final 4 chapters were brilliant. Highly recommended but stick with it if you find some of the chapters a little repetitive and dull, its worth it in the end!

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compelling story and beautiful narration

I loved to listen to this book after reading it in the Italian translation more then twenty years ago. Ben Barnes was great, to the point that I forgot it was him who was reading.

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One of the best books I've listened too!

First time I've read any oscar wilde and it certainly lived up to expectations. Exquisitely written with such rich language and excellently narrated. The narrator does a wonderful rendition.

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  • Selene Willingham
  • 16-06-20

Recommend this version

The reader was absolutely magnificent two thumbs up! Great job Ben Barnes! I was all into it.

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  • Hannah Maxwell
  • 25-01-20

Absolutely exquisite

I haven't read anything this brilliant in a long time, I got the audiobook specifically to support Mr. Barnes, however this book is thrilling in ways I hadn't expected. People kept asking if I was reading for a university class, but it had just caught my attention that deeply, that I had to read it. Oscar Wilde was an amazing author and invoked my innermost poet. I didn't want to finish the book, it was that good. I will definitely read it again soon. Truly divine.

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  • Chris Sible
  • 17-10-19

Thoroughly Satisfying

The characters and content of this book are incredibly complex and Ben Barnes manages to capture every bit of the magic of the story. Warmly reccommend

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  • mat
  • 11-10-19

lets be short,I LOVED IT!

It was absolutely amazing.Narrator is a babe what else do we expect from him.PERFECTION! believe it or not it helps me with my sleeping schedule.Not even kidding xD

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-21

Great performance, good story, frustrating navigation

I loved Ben’s performance of this classic story, his voice fit the time period well, I feel. And ofcourse his portrayal in the film will have helped him perform this way in the audiobook.

One thing I didn’t like is that the chapters do not match up. The introduction (which is a bit too long and unneccisary for me) is put in as chapter one and continued in chapter two, whereafter chapter One takes place in the chapter two slot. It’s very frustrating. I think it’d be much improved to switch the introduction to it’s own slot and let the chapters sync with the slots….

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-21

Classic

Ben Barnes gives an amazing performance as Dorian Gray. This version also includes an interesting review of the book and the controversy that surrounded it and its author.

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  • Blowfish
  • 12-10-22

Beware what you wish for

Moral or Immoral? Thou shalt not have a mind of your own. Stop looking in the mirror already. Geeze.

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  • alyssa
  • 11-09-22

poor narration of a good story

well written story, however the narrator does not do a good job of distinguishing the voices so it can be hard to tell who's saying what at times.

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  • Eliana Candia
  • 31-08-22

Awesomely existential

The narration was exquisite.
Surprised the existential content of it all, but I understand why is a classic and a must read.

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  • Genevieve Francisco
  • 02-04-22

my boyfriends favorite

I bought this book since me and my boyfriend read together. he said this is his favorite book so I thought I'd give it a try. its a slow start &boring at first but it slowly gets better and better! I highly recommend this read!