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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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Stark and skillfully woven, this fascinating novel is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.Dr. Jekyll, a generous and philanthropic...
Stark and skillfully woven, this fascinating novel is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.Dr. Jekyll, a generous and philanthropic...
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  • Stark and skillfully woven, this fascinating novel is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.

    Dr. Jekyll, a generous and philanthropic physician, is preoccupied with the problem of good and evil, and how to separate them. He develops a drug that will transform him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he can exhaust all the latent evil in his nature. He also creates an antidote that will restore him to his respectable existence as Dr. Jekyll. Gradually, however, the unmitigated evil of his darker self begins to predominate.

    This tale of the twisted, malevolent persona unleashed from a mild-mannered physician has lost none of its ability to shock. Its realistic police-style narrative chillingly relates Dr. Jekyll's desperation as Hyde gains control of his soul—and gives voice to our own fears of the violence and evil within us.

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  • Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer who spent the last part of his life in the Samoan islands. His best-known books include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Master of Ballantrae, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 28, 2011
    The inclusion of the obscure Stevenson short story, “Markheim,” distinguishes this excellent audio version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from many previous recordings. Roy McMillan is more than up to the formidable task of sketching the two personalities trapped in one body with just his voice; he’s so successful that listeners may think different actors depict the respectable Victorian doctor and his brutish, murderous alter ego. McMillan also deserves kudos for maintaining listener interest during the novella’s lengthy expository sections. While “Markheim”—about a cryptic encounter between a man who unexpectedly turns violent and a supernatural being that might be the Devil—is less compelling than the author’s classic novella, McMillan again provides its characters with distinct voices.

  • AudioFile Magazine This new version of this classic illustrates one approach to audio literature. John Sessions acts, rather than reads, Naxos's abridged version, giving each character a full portrayal. Sessions stresses melodrama; he fakes his way through some of the more complex locutions, thus obscuring their meaning. Nonetheless, the tape delivers a satisfying rendition of a tale everyone has heard of but few have actually read. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
  • AudioFile Magazine This sinister classic starts off gently, with Rebecca K. Reynolds giving an elegant voice to the lawyer from whose perspective it is told. But his inner turmoil emerges even before listeners hear of his first encounter with the evil Mr. Hyde. With a report of a witnessed murder, Reynolds's tempo picks up. Throughout, she narrates with a tone of gravitas that fits the lawyer well. What's happening isn't told fully until the end, but older listeners will likely already know the fate of the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll. The story, tailored for family listening, shines a light on human nature by examining our good and evil sides. J.A.S. � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 3, 2010
    Martin Jarvis delivers a gripping reading of Stevenson’s classic. When Gabriel Utteron discovers that the sinister Mr. Hyde has moved into the home of his friend Dr. Jekyll and stands to benefit from his will, he becomes concerned and enlists the help of their mutual friend, Dr. Hastie Lanyon. Things go from bad to worse: Jekyll withdraws further from his social circle; Hyde’s criminal sprees culminate in murder; and Utteron and Lanyon fight to save their friend and unravel the mystery of Hyde’s origins and disappearance. Jarvis’s pacing is excellent, his characterization spot on, and his renditions of Jekyll and Hyde perfect; he creates two distinct characters that illustrate the story’s exploration into the duality of human nature.

  • Masterpieces of World Literature "The theme of human duality…is nowhere presented with more force and originality….The story reveals Stevenson's understanding of human nature and his mastery of English prose."

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