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...
Thin but provocative story would have been fine without the embarrassingly indulgent denouement tacked onto the end. [AUDIBLE]
I have to say I don't think I've ever even seen a movie about Jekyll and Hyde other than piecemeal in other movies. The book was nothing like I expected, but in a good way. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think the narrator did a great job.
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