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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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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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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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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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Fade from Gray

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Haden
  • 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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  • 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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  • anina xenya dupuis
  • 15-04-22

I love Stephen fry

I cannot get enough of frys voice. the way he brings the characters to life is mesmerizing and I have never felt more pulled into the world as when I listen to the way he sees it.

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  • Mariah
  • 07-04-22

A Mood

Dorian purchasing multiple first editions of the book he’s obsessed with and having them bound in different colors to suit his moods IS a whole MOOD.

This is a very very quotable book (looking at you Henry). There were quite a few moments that elicited very unladylike snorts. It is witty and bold, and it’s one of the few “classics” that didn’t let me down.

There’s a handful of jabs at women - but I challenge you to find a 19th century book that doesn’t have at least one.

Props to Wilde for having the balls to publish this, though I don’t suppose it worked out too well for him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-20

the audiobook just skips many parts of the book

I bought the audiobook to listen to while I read along with the book. The audiobook just skips complete sentences or more than one sentence at a time. Sometimes it just skips complete paragraphs. That shouldn’t be acceptable.