This is the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, he is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil, and with the possibility of separating them into distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature. He also creates an antidote that will restore him to his respectable existence as Dr. Jekyll. Gradually, however, the unmitigated evil of his darker self predominates until finally he performs an atrocious murder. His saner self determines to curtail these alternations of personality, but he discovers that he is losing control over his transformations and that he slips with increasing frequency into the world of evil. Finally, unable to procure one of the ingredients for the mixture of redemption, and on the verge of being discovered, he commits suicide.
Stark, skillfully woven, this fascinating novel explores the curious turnings of human character through the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a kindly scientist who by night takes on his stunted, evil self, Mr. Hyde. Anticipating modern psychology, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a brilliantly original study of man's dual nature as well as an immortal tale of suspense and terror.
This tale has lost none of its ability to shock. Its realistic police-style narrative chillingly relates Dr. Jekyll’s desperation as Hyde gains control of his soul - and gives voice to our own fears of the violence and evil within us.
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“The theme of human duality…is nowhere presented with more force and originality….[T]he story reveals Stevenson’s understanding of human nature and his mastery of English prose.” (Masterpieces of World Literature)
This really is the best audiobook version of this story available on Audible. Martin Jarvis does a stellar job. Near the end, hearing Dr Lanyon's letter, I felt like I was in the room with him, receiving the same shock to my system.
The story has an unusual structure, completely unlike any of the film versions. Nowadays everybody knows the big secret, that Jekyll and Hyde are actually the same person; but the first readers didn't know that, and Stevenson peels the onion slowly, with excruciating tension. For the first time, listening to this version, I was able to capture some of that first-time excitement.
Martin Jarvis doesn't just read this novel, he performs it, and is as good in this role as Jeremy Brett was as Sherlock Holmes. Although I've seen, heard, or read countless versions of this classic story, this faithful audio version, coupled with Jarvis' pitch-perfect narration, effectively draws you into the story and maintains suspense right up to the final scenes.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I've said it many times, "working with him is like working with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"... but had never read the classic it comes from to see if I am aptly spouting. It is a short, easy read that I found interesting and was pleased to finally know exactly what I was talking about. A little bit of morality pondering can be done if you choose or leave it to the Lawyer as he figures it out. Glad I read it and did a little bit of pondering of which side of me I am feeding.
How many different eyewitness accounts tell the undoing of Dr. Jekyll
If you've never read this classic, you should. It will most likely change your perception of Mr. Hyde. Having only seen this story told in cartoons and the like, I believe Mr. Hyde is not given a true account of his character in the movies/cartoons.
a dedicated dilettante
This is really well written, better than I remembered. Not surprising of a classic, but still, brilliant writing. Marvin Jarvis' performance it's spot on.
It does not seem to have passed the test of time but only because if its historic popularity. It's like watching "The Sixth Sense" again; still a good story, but not that suspenseful anymore. (I'm sure that the story was so incredibly suspenseful in its first release.)
The narrator does a good job. The emotion is present in his telling of the story.
One benefit is the story's length. If it were longer, it would've been too hard to put up with it, knowing the ending already.
This audiobook explore Science and Man's nature. It is worth a second listening, specifically in relation to the idea that evil is pleasurable.
The use of the epistolary narrative at the end answers the questions the reader will have asked and provides a more interesting debate.
Good, classic and sometimes lulls one to sleep.
Man + Science = Seductive Evil!
A classic mystery that challenges the progression of Science from a social and historical context, as well as man's true nature.
"Martin Jarvis triumphs again!"
This reading of the unabridged text of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is all one could wish for. It is read by Martin Jarvis with his customary vividness of characterization, and sure pacing. He does not fall into melodrama, which mars some readings of this story. The horror is all the more powerful because of his restraint. This production easily outstrips all other available versions.
"great story well narrated"
Hyde's transformation back into Jekyll in front of Dr Lanyon, I can picture the look of horror on Lanyons face.
Hyde murdering sir Danvers,
Yes, it is a good story that kept me well amused
"Which is Jekyll and which Hyde?"
A classic I've wanted to read for years. I was surprised to find I did not know the story and had assumed Jekyll was the evil one. Not so! A great Victorian morality tale of the consequences of living an evil life. A must read classic. Brilliantly narrated too. My only complaint, the cover indicates inclusion of an introduction to the novel and that is not in this version! I wouldn't let that stop anyone buying this though, overall it's a great product.
""Back to the roots", Classic tale"
A good reading of this classic tale.. Very refreshing after the many abuses and misrepresentations of RLS's original.
"A gripping one-sitting listen"
Once I started listening to this I was utterly gripped and couldn't stop till it was finished - a brilliantly told story performed very well.
"The duality and dark side of man"
It wasn't very long so yes, my wife have been talking about the book as a play so I expected way more bad things to happen.
Nice voice, not too much expression yet kept some feeling to it. It did bring more depth and personality to the characters, something I feel is needed when you are reading a dialog
Sure, it has some of my favorite themes (psychology, psychosis, drug use, drug making, murderer, hiding in plane sight)
I like the book, the narrator, the characters but it was a bit short and I would have liked a more extended period of Jekyll being Hyde but overall a great book.
I found this very listenable! The voice of the narrator suits the late-Victorian setting very well, deep, grave and proper-like. Quite enjoyed it, I recommend this recording.
Terrible narrator, terrible book. Not even all the original words! Just not good enough from audible. (Still like audible tho).
"Not like the movies"
It was nothing like what I have see on TV and the story of Dr. Jekyll and how he became Mr. Hyde was interesting
When Dr. Jekyll friend found out the truth
I have not listen to Martin Javis before so can't compare
Not sure if it's the writing style or the performance but I found it very difficult to listen to and kept zoning out. Will try reading the book instead
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