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