The Picture of Dorian Gray (version 2 dramatic reading)


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(4.3 stars; 415 reviews)

The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian's beauty and becomes infatuated with him, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry's world view. Espousing a new hedonism, Lord Henry suggests the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfillment of the senses. Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses his desire to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than himself. Dorian's wish is fulfilled, plunging him into debauched acts. The portrait serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging. This reading uses the 20-chapter 1891 version of Wilde's novel. (Summary by Wikipedia)


Cast:

NARRATOR - Martin Geeson
Lord Henry Wotton - David Goldfarb
Dorian Gray - Volunteer
Basil Hallward - Anthony
Sibyl Vane - Miss Avarice
James Vane - David Lawrence
Duchess of Monmouth - Availle
Victor - Martin Geeson
Francis - Simon Pride
Cab Driver - Simon Pride
Parker - Elizabeth Klett
Lord Fermor - Anthony
Lady Agatha - Sarah
Duchess of Harley - Hannah Harris
Sir Thomas Burdon - Terence Taylor
Mr. Erskine - Frank Booker
Mrs. Vandeleur - Mary-Beth Blackburn
Lady Henry - Susanna
Mrs. Vane - Arielle Lipshaw
Mrs. Leaf - Rebeka Harris
Mr. Hubbard - Frank Booker
Alan Campbell - Ernst Pattynama
Lady Narborough - Elizabeth Klett
Lady Ruxton - Mary-Beth Blackburn
Adrian Singleton - Joseph Lawler
Woman - Lucy Perry
Sir Geoffrey Clouston - Mark F. Smith
Gamekeeper - Martin Geeson
Gardener- Joseph Lawler
Young Man - Elizabeth Klett
Old Gentleman - Mark F. Smith
Constable - Joseph Lawler

Audio edited by Arielle Lipshaw

(9 hr 27 min)

Chapters

Dramatis Personae/Preface 6:41 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 1 30:39 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 2 37:03 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 3 33:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 4 38:33 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 5 31:13 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 6 17:53 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 7 33:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 8 37:25 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 9 24:14 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 10 24:50 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 11, Part 1 32:47 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 11, Part 2 28:29 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 12 16:53 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 13 19:04 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 14 34:19 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 15 22:50 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 16 23:27 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 17 13:19 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 18 24:01 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 19 23:50 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Chapter 20 15:48 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

Great story, witty writing, loved Lord Henry

(4 stars)

First, yes Dorian was so miscast! It was pretty bad. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either. Lord Henry was absolutely wonderful. For the story itself, I mean, it's a classic for a reason. And because of Wilde's experience as a playwright this novel makes a great audio book - easy to follow by listening alone. There was one chapter I didn't care for, where I feel Wilde was showing off his worldly knowledge. other than that, I think I may buy a hard copy because I loved the story so much.

Huge casting mistake in Dorian

(4 stars)

Thank you for a committed read, however, it was impossible for me to picture a beautiful, young, sensuous man in Dorian with that voice. Also the narrator was a bit too dramatic for my liking; made it seem like he was making fun of Oscar Wilde's writing. I would personally enjoy a more neutral approach. Still, excellent work and effort. Thank you!!

one of my favorite books

(5 stars)

I've read this book several times since high school, I am now 29. this is 1 of my all time faves. I am searching for audio books like this to listen to daily but keep coming back to this book. The various voices used for each character is brilliant, giving life and realism to the reading. and keeping listeners engaged thru out. yes, the guy doing dorian seemed a misfit, as he didn't sound very young or clear as I would have imagined. However, once u chalk it up to irony, the voice sumhow fit the picture of the portrait in my mind... it kinda comes together in a comedic sorta way. However, I would hope the reactions of readers would encourage the ppl who run librivox to at least audition volunteers before casting them for certain roles. overall, a great story. not difficult to understand as sum may assume given how old the tale is. quite witty and just entertaining in general.

Unkown Classic

(5 stars)

I find this to be amoung the greats and classics. However the only way I sort of knew of it was from a movie reference to Dolan Grey. Very glade I was able to listen to such a great book. Like many I felt the Dolan reader did not fit the early part of the book. He did a good job but did not fit the young aspects of an young Dolan. Maybe two readers would have been better with a younger reader for the early parts and the current reader for later parts.

Change the reading please

(4 stars)

Please, change the reading of Dorian. It's dreadful! This voice don't fit the character in any way. Perhaps, Anthony would be better, and Alby Pug must reading the painter, better macth for his voice. I'm spanish reader who use this listening books to improve my english, but seriously, this voice remember me and old man without real teeth, not a young one discovering his own passions, sins and emotions. It fits more with the moralist painter of the picture. I love all the others! Good job!

all excellent but one

(4 stars)

I wish I could give this 5/5 but Dorian was so miscast. I found myself attempting over and over again to try to understand him, but the mumbles continued through the entire reading. he did not sound at all like what I would imagine a 17 year old man who is skilled in charming everyone with wit, innocence and beauty. it sounded more like an elderly man who was engaged in the activity of consuming opiates. all this being said, I found everyone else to be exquisite. Lord Henry was quite titillating to the ear, and I cannot imagine a better actor for the part. some are upset with the narrator. I found him at first a little odd, but after the first chapter I enjoyed him quite well. his manner just took some getting used to. all other cast members were great as well. 4/5

Very entertaining listen

(3.5 stars)

This book was entirely fascinating with such an exquisite writing style; truely a masterpiece. However I could not help but cringe at the voice casted for Dorian Gray. Terrible tone and enunciation of words. Lord Henry, Basil Hallward and the narrator were all excellent! I don't know how the narrator was disliked, he added colour and gave life to everything he said. This story was very touching, melancholy ending!

Algy Pug actually destroyed all the hard work of so many excellent professionals!

(0 stars)

I did not mean to be unkind or to annoy; I just want to advice the creators of the audio never to make such a fault again, for they will lose a great number of listeners if they do. Lowest rating to Algy Pug, highest rating to all the rest! No rating.