2009 sees the release of a major new Dorian Gray film starring Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, Emilia Fox and Ben Barnes as Dorian. A story that has enjoyed countless stage and screen adaptations, notable productions include Albert Lewin's eponymous 1945 film (which won an Oscar for "Best Cinematography, Black-and-White") and the celebrated BBC television version in 1976, with Peter Firth as Dorian Gray.
Artist Basil Hallward becomes enthralled by Dorian's beauty and paints a stunning and lifelike picture of him. When the picture is completed, Dorian looks at it and declares that he would sell his soul to be as youthful and beautiful as the painting forever. In a classic case of 'be careful what you wish for', his wish is granted - but is it a blessing or a curse to have free reign to live to excess without any fear of the ravages of age or even of death?
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"Dorian Gray, hedonistic and decadent, makes a Faustian pact to keep his youthful beauty as captured in his portrait. The story, lit by Wilde's aphoristic sparkle, is brilliant, as is Rupert Grave's finely judged narration." (The Observer)
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Rupert Graves is an impeccable narrator who moves from character to character with deceptive ease. Wilde's most famous lines and the general thrust of the story has been preserved in this abridge edition; however, it is not as satisfying as reading the book.
While Rupert Graves engaging performance helped to smooth the rather "jump-cut" nature of the scene transitions and made for an entertaining few hours of listening, a few too many cuts have been made to the story's timeline. Those unfamiliar with the story may become frustrated with the lack of timeline markers until the timeline is re-established toward the end of the story.
Four out of five for the abridgment. Five out of five for performance.
"Good Narration, but the story is a mess."
Rupert Graves, most certainly. I'm uncertain of trying Wilde again as I don't know whether to blame the book on the Abridged cut or his storytelling style. The Abridged cut of this book causes it to jump from scene to scene with no diserable pauses to help illustrate the breaks or haow much time has passed. I feel as though I am getting disjointed snippets of a larger tale, but without enough in the snippets to make good sense of the tale overall. As this was my first attempt to take in the Dorian Gray book, I dropped it as too frustrating to attempt to follow for an entire book.
I have not, but his reading is quality and professional.
"Wonderful book and narration"
No, because the audio version is abridged.
He is an amazing actor, and it comes across in the reading. He acts out all the characters.
Rupert Graves should play Lord Henry Wotton in an updated version of the movie.
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