The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Read by John Gonzalez

(4.8 stars; 53 reviews)

Wilde’s meditation on capital punishment, the Ballad of Reading Gaol comes after he was convicted and imprisoned under charges of gross indecency. The charges stemmed from his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, the son of the Marquis of Queensberry. It relates the story of an execution of a man who murdered his wife which Wilde witnessed during his internment. Published in 1898, it was Wilde’s last published poem as he would die in 1900 from cerebral meningitis, caused by syphilis.(Summary by John Gonzalez) (0 hr 33 min)


The Ballad of Reading Gaol 33:12 Read by John Gonzalez


Must listen!

(5 stars)

I haven't read anything by Oscar Wilde that I didn't like but this is on a level of its own. This is... Well, I don't really know how to describe how serious and wonderful this poem is. Listening to it was definitely the way to go, and this comes from someone who reads three to five books a week. You get a better sense of the rhythm and majesty of the poem by listening to it. I kept pausing it to repeat lines that resonated with me. John Gonzalez did an excellent job.

Very Good Reading

(5 stars)

1st time I've heard a reading of BRG. Nicely done. Recommended.

(5 stars)

wonderful read by J. G. once again O. Wilde does a great job!!!

If you don't shed tears when you hear this, youve been blessed

(5 stars)

(5 stars)

An Excellent Reading, thank you sir, thank you LibriVox


(5 stars)

Excellent writing and excellently read.


(4.5 stars)

Good reading and good book!