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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 2014

    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.


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    Amazon Customer 03-23-15
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    "Great voice acting"

    Not impressed by the story but the voice actors is very good. Is a short listen and it definitely takes you back to that Era.

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    Ruth 03-06-15
    Ruth 03-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic, perfectly read"

    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...

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    Paul M Anheier 01-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Sci-fi, 19th-Century Study in Anonymity"
    Would you try another book from Robert Louis Stevenson and/or Scott Brick?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-08-15
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Too Well Known to Maintain Mystery"
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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.

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    Kindle Customer NJ 12-07-14
    Kindle Customer NJ 12-07-14 Member Since 2014

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    "The first time I actually read the book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    Dracula, because I just read that using the audio book and Immersion Reading. I plan to read more "classic" books this way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It wasn't really a scene but the characters' determination to get to the truth of the problem.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and why?

    The most memorable character was Dr. Jekyll and I saw him struggling with himself and admitting that he had made a terrible mistake.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    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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