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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Auteur(s): Oscar Wilde
Narrateur(s): Russell Tovey
Durée: 8 h et 35 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 évaluations)

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The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890 in the July edition of the Lippincott Magazine. Now, this special anniversary edition marks 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act was passed in England. 25p from every copy downloaded over the next 12 months will be donated to Stonewall, Britain’s leading LGBT charity, to help the organisation further its work in securing full equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people everywhere.

A damning portrayal of Victorian society, Wilde used his narrative to chastise his contemporaries for their superfluous and hypocritical values. Having also interspersed homoerotic scenes within the story, The Picture of Dorian Gray was unsurprisingly condemned for its 'indecency', forcing Wilde to publish a second, censored edition in 1891. Wilde defended his vision to the last, whilst simultaneously challenging assumptions about his private life and sexuality. He credited his inspiration for the text to the classic Faustian suggestion that given the chance, a man would undoubtedly sell his soul in exchange for eternal youth.

When the protagonist, Dorian Gray, meets with the audacious Lord Henry Wotton, he is encouraged to indulge in his most vain and hedonistic of ambitions, thereby testing the boundaries of the law and living a life of unpunished anarchy. As handsome as he is charming, Dorian beguiles those around him, in particular, the artist Basil Hallward. Hopelessly enamoured by the young socialite, Basil sets out to capture his likeness in a full-length portrait. It is the finished product which ultimately engenders Dorian the ultimate weapon; control over the passing of time.

Modern audiences now recognise The Picture of Dorian Gray as an enticing gothic masterpiece and highly astute cautionary tale. Experience the unique and fractured world created by Oscar Wilde in this new audiobook adaptation, made in collaboration with Stonewall and narrated by award-winning actor, Russell Tovey.

Narrator Biography

Russell Tovey is a TV, film and stage actor, known for The History Boys, Grabbers, Angels in America, The Night Manager, Pride, Quantico and The Pass. He has narrated many audiobooks throughout his career including, Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, Anna Sewell's Black Beauty and Mark Michalowski's Being Human.

In collaboration with Stonewall, who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, Tovey brings us this new adaption of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Having starred in The Old Vic's production of Queers and The National Theatre's Angels in America, Russell is a keen advocate of LGBT rights and, bringing years of stage training experience, the perfect narrator for this epic tale of masculine beauty.

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Very enjoyable 👍

Loved it, the narrator was excellent in acting out all the characters. very philosophical and I found myself rewinding quite often, just to pause and think.
very enjoyable..

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  • shubhangi s. pai
  • 2017-11-17

Russell Tovey is a delight to listen to.

If ever a classic could be read by Russell Tovey I would listen intently. His voice makes the words come off the page and the story cone to life. Oscar Wilde never sounded so good.

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  • Seabass
  • 2018-02-01

The Censored Version W/ Good Narration

I thought for certain that this would not be the censored (as in anti-gay censoring) version of the novel but to my complete and utter disappointment, it is.

The narration is great though and atleast the company that produced this recording is not anti-queer. I just figured that since this company is supporting queer rights, they would use the completely uncensored version of the novel that was unearthed in 2011.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-19

Wonderfully Narrated

Russell Tobey narrated beautifully. I will definitely find another narration of his to listen to next!

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  • PilatesGirl
  • 2019-04-15

Classic Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde performed his usual verbal gymnastics to great effect in this oldie but goodie creep fest of a story about a world that long ago ceased to exist. His clever use of language is, of course, the highlight of the book and makes the macabre ending all the more interesting.

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  • Rocky Sunico
  • 2018-12-14

Great Performance

What I Liked: This book has some amazing lines that are so artfully put together that they could be prose. I initially considered quoting some choice lines but there were just too many to remember all at once. Naturally a lot of these lines aligned with the different philosophies the various characters claimed to be their driving motivations or their key principles in life. And as all sides are so beautifully represented, it's really up to the reader to decide where to go with all this.

The performance by Russell Tovey was more delightful that I expected as he did a great job of trying to give distinct manners of speech to each of the characters. One of the more distinct voices naturally had to belong to Lord Henry and his involvement in any scene proved to be something to look forward to. I didn't realize he was this creative with voices such that I never had a problem distinguishing the characters from one another.

What Could Have Been Better: As much as most of us remember Dorian Gray for his immortality, its presentation in this book was actually a lot more subtle than I had expected. There was the exclamation about wanting to live forever but it almost felt like a joke or something silly you'd say between friends. It wasn't until much later when Dorian was telling Basil his story that things really hit home.

Dorian is actually a somewhat boring character once he goes on his journey of indulgent sensualism, We don't necessarily go into detail in terms of what he does but more how people react to his lifestyle at different points of his life. So we just have a lot of people mentioning how bad he has become but we don't necessarily know this apart from maybe the direct antagonist represented by James Vane much later in the story. But even then it's not quite a condemnation of his actions but more an act of revenge for one person who was more of an incidental victim of his new outlook on life.

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  • Alaskamom86
  • 2019-08-14

Love the story.

The book is amazing. A classic. However, the narrator’s voice was not very soothing and didn't flow well with the text. Sadly, I deleted this version and purchased a different one.

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  • Ismail Elshareef
  • 2019-08-10

Exquisite

Having read this book many times before, listening to it narrated by Russell Tovey was something very special. Perfection.

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  • Armando Guerra
  • 2019-08-08

I knew the story was good, had no idea how good.

Wilde could string together words like pearls, his descriptions were so rich and detailed. Although the prose style could have been ponderous to our modern ears, the narrator did an absolutely amazing job of bringing the characters and story to life. So vibrant and capable, just wonderful. Will gladly listen to it again.

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  • Hamad
  • 2019-08-07

Loved it<br />

Not so interesting story but written in a most exquisite way. Narrator did a great job in engaging me to the story aswell.

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  • Zach
  • 2019-08-05

Every sentance was a painting

I loved the story, I was captivated by the mastery of the English language. This was the first work of Wilde I've been exposed to but I have to say, the man was an avid wordsmith. I loved the characters and their complexities. I think I will be revisiting this audiobook again soon.

Definitely must say also that Russell Tovey did a fantastic reading. He changed his voice to suit the characters and really brought the words to life. Fantastic all around. Very satisfied!