The Picture of Dorian Gray


Read by John Gonzalez

(4.5 stars; 267 reviews)

Dorian Gray, a young man of wealth and stature in late 1800's London, meets Lord Henry Wotton while posing for a portrait by his friend Basil Hallward. Once the painting is complete, Dorian realizes that it will always be young and attractive, while he will be forced to age and wither with the years. Carelessly, he wishes the opposite were true. What happens is a treatise on morals, self-indulgence and how crucial personal responsibility is towards one's self. (Summary by John Gonzalez)

(6 hr 11 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 37:44 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 02 38:24 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 03 37:28 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 04 15:33 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 05 27:42 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 06 36:47 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 07 25:01 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 08 22:38 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 09 51:59 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 10 16:30 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 11 16:44 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 12 30:27 Read by John Gonzalez
Chapter 13 28:47 Read by John Gonzalez

Reviews

brilliantly read

(5 stars)

i wish john would read many more books, he's a pleasure to hear. they way he does it brings you even more closer to the story and characters. the story itself is very well written and very well designed. i recommend everyone to try it out.

(5 stars)

John Gonzalez has read many if not most of the Wilde selections which tells you that he loves Wilde worlds as much as us Wildeans. that alone gives him five stars in my book.

Best Version

(5 stars)

This is the best version of this novel on Librivox. I'm half way through and I love it so far. Just my type of literature; deep, philosophical, and really well written.

Very well done....

(5 stars)

The narrator did a great job of expressing one of Wilde's masterpieces: "The Picture of Dorian Grey." It's well worth the time to hear and enjoy.

Compelling

(5 stars)

Oscar Wilde has written a wonderful work considering the question of what mashes men good and evil. The reader is clear and had good pacing.

Very Well Read

(4 stars)

While I found the story disappointing, the characters were unpleasant and the conversations just a vehicle for endless soundbites, the reading was superb.

Surprising Wilde (Abridged) Love Affair

(4 stars)

I am over 40 and somehow missed Oscar Wilde in all my mandatory educational reading. I chose this only based on three character appearing in some pop culture media (like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Wilde has an incredible way with words in this story, drawing the reader into Dorian's world as well as into the minds of his "friends", like the Devil and Angel (or maybe just a lesser Devil) sitting upon his shoulders. The reader is equally fantastic (despite the occasional audible swallowing). My only complaint is that this is abridged with key scenes and at least one character missing, and I could not find any indication from the picture or description. Only a search afterwards tipped me to missing something when I read in a Cliff Notes quiz about Sybil Vane's brother.

(5 stars)

This reader absolutely lives up to the high praises of the other reviewers, he gives an excellent performance! It was a pleasure to listen to this well read classic book that I had never gotten around to reading. I loved the style that the author writes with, and there were so many familiar quotes in this book to enjoy. I enjoyed this book very much, and it lingers long after the last chapter. Sorry to admit I didn't get through "that" chapter that was mentioned as skippable, it was too dry for me too, and I was impatient to get on with the story ;) Maybe on a second listen I will have the fortitude to listen to every word!