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The Picture of Dorian Gray (version 2 dramatic reading)

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(4,4 Sterne; 670 Bewertungen)

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)


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)


Dramatis Personae/Preface


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Chapter 1


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Chapter 2


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Chapter 3


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Chapter 4


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Chapter 5


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Chapter 6


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Chapter 7


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Chapter 8


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Chapter 9


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Chapter 10


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Chapter 11, Part 1


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Chapter 11, Part 2


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Chapter 12


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Chapter 13


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Chapter 14


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Chapter 15


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Chapter 16


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Chapter 17


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Chapter 18


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Chapter 19


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Chapter 20


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Great story, witty writing, loved Lord Henry

(4 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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.

all excellent but one

(4 Sterne)

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

When Your Hot Young Tinder Match Is 57 And Full Of Cheap Whisky...

(2,5 Sterne)

I have read the Picture of Dorian Gray about 8 times and decided to revisit it, this time in audiobook form to improve my morning commute. The first few minutes were jarring as I couldn’t decide if the main narrator was circling into the astral plane or trying to seduce me and failing miserably (and humorously). Imagine my absolute horror when at last “Dorian” spoke and had a deep, mumbling, wheezy voice. Not the voice of a tempting, youthful, Adonis-like muse but more like that of the weird British uncle I’ve never had, uttering of his innocence and astonishment with aesthetics while shoving caramels into his sinuses. I tried listening a few more times and had to stop after the dinner scene with Lord Henry, as a number of the dinner guests/actors sounded like they were recording from inside bathroom stalls. Many of the voice actors were also Americans and for a story which picks on Americans often enough to make this detail memorable, this was not a good choice. TL;DR: Dorian sounded hideous and I couldn’t finish the book.

Change the reading please

(4 Sterne)

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!


(4 Sterne)

I was familiar with this character but had never read his original story. A dark philosophical piece that gives closure to the character but not the reader. Excellent art! I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed despicable characters more than I have in this book. A few voices in the reading are poorly recorded but they are minor characters so it’s not too distracting. While Dorian’s voice was interesting and distinct, it was not youthful.

Very entertaining listen

(3,5 Sterne)

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!