Stevenson's most often dramatized and distorted novella gets its umpteenth audiobook narration from the talented Scott Brick. Although his British accent is a wee bit shaky, he doesn't disappoint. He narrates in his wonted American voice with particular attention to atmosphere and delivers his British characters with personality and a reserve that lends appropriate gravity to the tale and plays effectively against its melodrama.
A respected lawyer, Utterson, hears this story and begins to unravel the seemingly manic behavior of his best friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his connection with Hyde. Several months earlier, Utterson had drawn up an inexplicable will for the doctor, naming Hyde as his heir in the event that he disappears. Fearing his friend has been blackmailed into this arrangement, Utterson probes deeper into both Jekyll and his unlikely protégé. He is increasingly unnerved at each new revelation.
In a forerunner of psychological dramas to come, Stevenson uses Hyde to show that we are both repulsed by and attracted to the darker side of life, particularly when we can experience it in anonymity.
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this is a story that I have always enjoyed, and Scott brick is incapable of a bad performance. this is a copy that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in this classic.
Probably. Brick's performance was generally pretty good, though also sometimes overdone (accent-wise).
My bigger concern with the audio the somewhat piercing nature of some of louder parts. This doesn't seem like Brick's fault, but rather that of the audio engineer's. The leveling just seems off, and more excited moments were too loud at times.
Really enjoyed the ideas here, even if the overall story and style didn't always appeal to me. Most interesting to me here is how Jekyll and Hyde serve as a cautionary touchstone for modern-day issues about anonymity and identity formation (most often in digital spaces).
Dracula, Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde--these are the great triumvirate of 1800s horror novels. Even though this book is relatively short, it is a masterpiece of literature and a perfect novel for Halloween. The best part of this book is what the author does not write--the author is great about giving just enough information to let the reader's imagination help paint the story. The story is enduring in its quality and cultural impact. The narrator does a fantastic job bringing the story to life.
This has always been a favorite of mine, and I have heard it read by 4 different narrators, but Scott Brick does by far the best job...I don't choose a title based on the reader, but if his is one of several choices of narrator, I always go with his version. I love his voice...
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
I HEARD WHAT I HEARD
It was hard to keep my mind focused on this. This does not stand up to modern day horror. The many movies that have been made from this, some turning Mr. Hyde into Jack the Ripper, are good movies. If you listen to the last twenty minutes of this, you have the whole book in a nutshell. This book also hits two of my pet peeves. !. Evil people look evil, usually having a deformity and good people are pretty, handsome, tall, petite, etc... 2. Something is so terrible, the writer can't describe it. This was common practice of the time. I thought Brick was good.
A beautifuly monstrous tale of human nature. of our desires taking command of our senses. Worst yet, of our lauded logic betraying us for said desires. We are what we repeatedly choose to do; Dr. Jekyll found that out the hard way...
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I would recommend it as a supplement to the movie or the musical version, as I think those flesh out the character better. The best part of this story is the biography of Robert Louis Stevenson and how he came to write so many books.
I liked this a little less than Kidnapped and Treasure Island. Not as interesting or adventurous.
When Hyde attacks a little girl and goes into Dr. Jekyll's house to get a check to pay her off.
Read more books and watch the movie and listen to the musical once more.
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