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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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.
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...
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).
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Honestly I just couldn't get into it too much. Maybe because mysteries are just no fun when you know the end.
Absolutely. As mentioned in a previous review for another "classic" book, I love reading on my Kindle Fire with Immersion reading. The narration adds to the book.
Dracula, because I just read that using the audio book and Immersion Reading. I plan to read more "classic" books this way.
It wasn't really a scene but the characters' determination to get to the truth of the problem.
The most memorable character was Dr. Jekyll and I saw him struggling with himself and admitting that he had made a terrible mistake.
There are so many morals to this story and it has been used as a constant example of how we all have a dark side.
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I might listen to it again to hear the layers of psychological duality that Stevenson was exploring.
Frankenstein because of the psychological aspect of creation, father/son conflict, and pride.
it is exceptional to hear/read classic novels and depressing to think of authors today and the poor abilities they espouse.
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