The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, appearing as the lead story in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine on 20 June , printed as. The free edition audiobook recording of The Picture of Dorian Gray offers a superb performance from the narrator with his on the button diction and pacing. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Free audio book that you can download in mp3, iPod and iTunes format for your portable audio player. Audio.
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A novel that disturbs you years after it first appeared in print, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, has so much relevance and resonance even today. Dorian Gray is a strikingly handsome young man whose beauty attracts a debauched aristocrat Sir Henry Wotton.
Dorian's picture has been painted by a talented artist Basil Hallward and Sir Henry becomes desperate to meet Dorian, though Basil himself is against it. Sir Henry's vicious nature, his obsession with youth and his cynical, materialistic outlook on everything begin to slowly affect Dorian. Dorian descends into a horrifying world, where he commits all manner of abhorrent deeds with all round him feeling the effects.
Lives are destroyed, crimes are committed but Dorian's self-indulgent and depraved life continues. The story takes a bizarre and terrifying twist from here onwards as the picture begins to develop a life of its own. The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published as a serial in Lippincott's Magazine in with much apprehension by the editors who feared that it was too corrupt and depraved for readers. Wilde's own scandalous private life was already creating an uproar in society.
Finally the novel was published in the magazine but with large-scale censorship without Wilde's permission. As predicted, it caused widespread outrage and condemnation.
However, Wilde remained unfazed and proceeded to publish it in book form with a wonderful preface which he called an Apologia, in which he talks about art, philosophy and creativity.
Controversy apart, the story is gripping in its Gothic atmosphere, making it a literary masterpiece, with Wilde's brilliant touches of characterization, emotional sensitivity and understanding of human nature.
Today's modern emphasis on youthfulness, fighting age and obsession with external appearance finds echoes in this richly evocative novel. It has been extensively adapted for film, stage and television, with references to Dorian Gray appearing in a wide variety of works of art. Radio adaptations, plays and musicals have been continuously appearing right down to the present day. The Picture of Dorian Gray has fascinated readers the world over, with its eternal themes of art, youth, beauty, morality and immortality.
Dorian Gray remains the symbol of what all mankind seeks even today — the Fountain of Youth - even though it comes with a price tag. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Stream audiobook and download chapters.
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By: Oscar Wilde A novel that disturbs you years after it first appeared in print, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, has so much relevance and resonance even today. MP3 Download Download mp3 files for each chapter of this book in one zip file Wikipedia - Oscar Wilde. I love the fact that it was read by one reader and a very good reader.
Had no problem understanding or following the story. Thank you Bob for reading so grand. He was the perfect reader for this story.
I really enjoyed it. Thank you!
Enjoyed every second of it. Reviewer: Anete - January 25, Excellent reading. Reviewer: Marilize - October 6, Great reader. Fantastic book - lots to think over. Story is intriguing enough. May 23, Always enjoy a reading by Bob Neufeld.
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Before listening, I would have supposed that a British reader would have been more appropriate, but I think Bob is just right. His pacing is slow enough for us to be able to think about what is being said, a nice quality when listening to a recording. Especially worthwhile when thinking through the epigrams of Oscar Wilde. The narrator does not do it justice.
I find the choice of an American man with a slightly raspy, rough voice don't get me wrong, his voice isn't unpleasant; very soothing to be an inappropriate choice for a British novel about youth and beauty.
Additionally, very little attempt is made to differentiate the voices so I often get lost in the longer conversation passages. But I still recommend it. Just be prepared to listen to it a couple of times before you really get everything that happens.
The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1891 Version)
Reviewer: Julia - December 16, Subject: Dorian Gray I'm with everyone else on this one, by far the best reading from this provider I've found so far. Very well done! Interesting topic for a book with a lot of dark humour, but the great voice of Deckard Cain or so I thought at first was giving it more oomph. August 17, Subject: Favourite This book has become my favourite on the website!
It totally gave me the chills. Also many thanks to the reader. Listened to it over two days and enjoyed it very much. Reviewer: Sona - October 5, Great reader : love the story. Reviewer: Derek - September 20, Love the book.
Don't think it should be in the "history" section, however.
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Reviewer: Patricia - September 17, Excellent reader. Great story. Reviewer: Viktoria - September 11, Very beautifully read! Thanks so much Reviewer: Cassandra - September 8, He did read the book very well. August 11, Fantastic! Really loved this book. A great book read by an excellent reader! Reviewer: Christin S.
The reader was excellent. Reviewer: Casi - June 13, Very expertly read. Reviewer: Tigrou - May 15, Really good ,bravo to the reader. Reviewer: Leslie - May 2, Excellently read.