H. G. Wells' gruesome tale of gene splicing and medical experimentation had an immediate effect on its 19th-century audience, bringing attention to the cruelty of vivisection and further developing the public’s emergent interest in animal rights. Performer Jonathan Kent’s clear, composed baritone provides a lucid delivery of this unabridged classic. Kent’s relaxed manner is punctured by the mounting shock and unease of scientist Edward Prendick, the story’s shipwrecked protagonist, as he unearths the ghastly nature of Dr. Moreau’s experiments. Likewise, each of Moreau’s craven "beastfolk" is imbued with a unique voice, indicative of their animal inner natures, and belying their traumatic experiences at the hands of the exiled scientist.
©1997 Joss Recordings; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
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