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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde | [Robert Louis Stevenson]

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

When a brute of a man tramples an innocent girl, apparently out of spite, two bystanders catch the fellow and force him to pay reparations to the girl's family. The brute's name is Edward Hyde. 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

When a brute of a man tramples an innocent girl, apparently out of spite, two bystanders catch the fellow and force him to pay reparations to the girl's family. The brute's name is Edward Hyde.

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.

©2002 Tantor Media, Inc.

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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 09-12-13
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Classic novel of the duality of man"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Louis Stevenson before, how does this one compare?

    I liked this a little less than Kidnapped and Treasure Island. Not as interesting or adventurous.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hyde attacks a little girl and goes into Dr. Jekyll's house to get a check to pay her off.


    Did The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde inspire you to do anything?

    Read more books and watch the movie and listen to the musical once more.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 06-15-14
    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 06-15-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.

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    "Classic tale of human duality"
    Would you listen to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde again? Why?

    I might listen to it again to hear the layers of psychological duality that Stevenson was exploring.


    What other book might you compare The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde to and why?

    Frankenstein because of the psychological aspect of creation, father/son conflict, and pride.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


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