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.
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.
Finally finding time to enjoy my first love... "reading" ... in a whole new way that fits into my busy schedule.
Very different than any movie of the subject I've ever seen...but as this is usually the case when it comes to book vs movie I was not surprised. The book was quite enjoyable....I utilized immersion reading on my kindle....reading as well as listening to this book through Audible....the narrator was excellent! I can recommend both.
MJ has a lovely voice and is very nice to listen to.
Overall this was a great production. I enjoyed Martin Jarvis and the store is a classic.
We all know the basic story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, so delivering an audiobook takes a certain talent to bring this classic to life. Martin Jarvis has that talent and a lot more! As a companion on my nightly patrols of my campus grounds (and, it was required reading for one of my classes, and something I'd always been meaning to read for pleasure) Mr. Jarvis performance made the characters come to life, and I often found myself looking over my shoulder, just to make sure Edward Hyde wasn't really following behind me. In closing, if you???re looking for a version of the classic, this is it!
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.
On my PC, the audio was fuzzy or muffled so I downloaded the enhanced format. Not only was the sound quality improved, but "enhanced" made it possible to hear the nuances of Martin Jarvis's expressive reading. A so-so performance suddenly became quite good.
"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.
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